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Blog Category: Early Care and Education

Statement on Forming the Children’s Cabinet

Statement on Gov. Ralph Northam’s and First Lady Pam Northam’s Announcement on the Formation of the Children’s Cabinet and State-Level Early Childhood Leadership At Voices for Virginia’s Children, we are…

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Trauma-informed Policy: Keeping Children and Families Together

We have been overwhelmed and heartbroken by the media coverage of children separated from their parents at border crossings. We echo the sentiments of the child welfare community, medical community,…

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2018 Legislative Agenda Highlights

After an extended General Assembly session, we are pleased the legislature approved a budget that includes Medicaid expansion that will cover nearly 400,000 more uninsured Virginians. This budget also includes…

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Finally! Virginia passes Medicaid expansion and a budget that invests in kids

After repeated attempts over the last several years, Virginia finally adopted Medicaid expansion to provide health insurance to up to 400,000 Virginians who currently fall in the coverage gap.  We are…

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Details of the Proposed House and Senate Budget Deal, Including Medicaid Expansion

The House Appropriations Committee shared the details of the proposed House and Senate FY19 & FY20 budget deal on May 21, 2018, before the Senate was scheduled to vote. However,…

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Buckey Boone, Advocating for Kids in Southwest Virginia

Buckey Boone, pictured here with his grandson, is a lifelong child advocate. When it comes to crafting public policies, William “Buckey” Boone cautions against one-size-fits-all thinking. The long-time resident of…

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Speak up for access to quality child care during April!

It’s time to add your voice to the conversation about plans for how Virginia spends our funding for child care assistance and quality improvement efforts. During April 2018, we have…

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2018 Legislative Session Update: Budget Will Go into Overtime

Yesterday — day 58 of the 60-day General Assembly session — the House and Senate announced that they were not able to reach an agreement about providing health insurance coverage…

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2018 GA Session Update: Building Political Will for Trauma-Informed Policies

We are making slow and steady progress in our efforts to promote trauma-informed care as policymakers in Virginia become more aware of trauma-informed policy and practices. We asked the House…

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Time to Do Something Big in ECE

Voices had the opportunity to present to the Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education of the House Appropriations Committee this Wednesday. Our policy director, Emily Griffey, shares her thoughts about…

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