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Stabilize Child Care with the CARES Act Stimulus

As COVID-19 continues to present challenges to the child care community, we are looking for ways tht  policymakers can respond. On March 27th, Congress included $3.5 billion in additional resources…

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act In Your Community

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27th to create a $2 trillion economic stimulus efforts for business, health care, communities, and families. Implementing the CARES Act will…

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The COVID-19 Child Care Conundrum

Families are in a child care conundrum. What do you do with your children who are out of school for an undetermined amount of weeks? What do you to ensure…

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A Big Investment in Little Learners: Early Education Results from the 2020 GA Session

Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam ran on a promise to expand early childhood education. And the Governor’s signature budget delivered with initiatives to expand access to more…

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Early Childhood Education in the House and Senate Budgets

We are closer to seeing the largest state investment in early childhood education in Virginia! The budgets approved by the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee and the House Appropriations Committee…

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Early Childhood Education Transition Timeline

As the early childhood education reform bills (SB578/HB1012) continue to move towards passage at the General Assembly, we wanted to share more detail of the proposed transition timeline for early…

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Sharing Perspectives on Virginia’s Early Childhood Plans

Over my last eight years at Voices, I’ve said that Virginia needs some big ideas and big changes to our early childhood system many, many times. This year we got…

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Kid-Friendly Advocacy Activity: Make an invitation to Playdate at the Capitol

We are inviting delegates and senators to learn more about why investments in early childhood are important by asking them to come and play with children at the Playdate at…

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Bill Explainer: Early Childhood Reform SB578/HB1012

The Governor’s early childhood education reform bill (SB578/HB1012) is moving along. As of Jan. 31st the House version (Del. Bulova’s HB1012) is in the Appropriations committee and the Senate version…

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Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Addressing Preschool Suspension and Expulsion in Virginia It is well documented that the first years of life are critical for building the foundation of social-emotional development…

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