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Blog Category: Early Care and Education

Progress Report: Substance Affected Infants

During the 2017 General Assembly, legislators heard for the first time about the impact of the opioid epidemic on families. The term substance-exposed infant, or substance-affected infant, was introduced to…

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Review of Early Learning Budget Amendments

It is often said about early care and education that when brain researchers, economists, and the business community agree, it is time to act. During this 2018 General Assembly Session,…

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The “Old” Governor’s Budget for a New Assembly

Virginia is unique among states in prohibiting our governor from serving consecutive terms. We are also unique in that the outgoing governor presents a two-year budget blueprint for the new…

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The 2018 Unified Early Childhood Policy Agenda

written by Mary Beth Testa, Voices’ Northern Virginia consultant Early childhood development is a smart investment. We have made good progress in Virginia in recent years: recognition is increasing among…

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Promote Resilience and Prevent Childhood Trauma

Recommendations to the 2018 General Assembly Written by Mary Beth Testa, Voices’ Northern Virginia consultant Research shows that chronic, severe stressors in childhood can cause toxic, traumatic biological responses to…

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JLARC Report on Early Learning

Response to the JLARC Report on Early Learning: Focus on the “No Brainers” The just-released Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) study of early childhood programs provides some high-impact,…

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Join us in Richmond for a Screening of “Resilience” 12/4!

Our partners at Greater Richmond SCAN will host a screening of the documentary “Resilience” from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4,  at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond. This short documentary covers…

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Troubling Times Call for Advocates to Step Up: Focus on Childhood Trauma

For us as children’s advocates it’s been a rough year. We’ve encountered challenges to children’s policy at the federal level, such as threats to children’s health insurance coverage. Our heads…

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What could a state-level effort addressing childhood trauma look like in Virginia?

Local and regional Trauma Informed Community Networks (TICNs) across Virginia are bringing partners together from local government, schools, and services providers to transform their approaches to working with children who…

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Good news for early childhood investments in Alexandria!

We learned in February that the FY18 budget proposals for Alexandria included modest but important investments for the Virginia Preschool Initiative in the schools budget and for the Early Childhood…

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