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Sounding the Alarm: New Data Reveals Impact of COVID-19 Hardships

Guest Blog Post Contributed by John R. Morgan, Ph.D., former Voices Executive Director and current Chewning Research Fellow at the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Widening racial-ethnic disparities likely to harm…

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Apply Now: Early Educators Advocacy Cohort

Early childhood educators, speak up during the 2021 General Assembly Session! Voices is recruiting a cohort of early childhood educators to participate in virtual advocacy visits during the upcoming General…

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Third Round of Child Care Stabilization Grants from CARES Act

On October 21, Governor Northam announced $65.8 million additional funding from the CARES Act to support the child care sector. These funds come on top of the $70 million previously…

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2020 Special Session Budget Update: House and Senate Make Decisions to Support Kids & Families

On Friday, Sept. 25, the Virginia House and Senate announced their priorities to restore funding in the state budget for children and families experiencing economic hardship and emotional trauma. While…

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Provide $80 million in CARES Act Funds for Child Care Stabilization Grants

DOWNLOAD THIS FACT SHEET TO SHARE WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS & LAWMAKERS There is an urgent need for child care to support working parents. Multiple factors are coinciding into a perfect…

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Early Childhood Education and Care in the 2020 Special Session

After the regular session ended with historic investments in early education, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and completely disrupted families’ lives. It also caused the governor to revisit the budget and…

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2020 Special Session Priorities

The last five months have been disruptive for children and families in Virginia. Children and parents are facing challenges, hardship and trauma that will impact them for a lifetime. Financial,…

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Responding to Child Care Sector Needs in the 2020 Special Session

As we discuss the economy and our workforce, including what that looks like for the upcoming school year, it’s important that we continue to advocate for investments to keep child…

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Pre-COVID Child Care Policies Don’t Fit New Landscape

On July 1, the state’s policies guiding child care assistance immediately reverted back to pre-COVID practices. But nothing about the context of July 1, 2020 is anything like January 1,…

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TAKE ACTION: Speak Up About Returning to School

For parents across Virginia we know this is a confusing time. Many school divisions are making plans to manage COVID-19 health precautions and return to school. For parents and students…

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