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Blog Category: Early Care and Education

Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia: Education Initiatives

The Unified Policy Agenda for the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Virginia includes policy priorities in education, child welfare, health, mental health, and prevention. On Thursday, December 13th Governor Northam gave a…

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Sustaining Preschool Opportunities for 1,500 Students

First Lady Pam Northam announced proposed investments in early childhood education at the Joint Subcommittee on Virginia Preschool Initiative Reform on December 10, 2018. The First Lady, and Chief School…

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Early Childhood Unified Agenda & Talking Points 2019

With new state-level leadership Virginia is poised to make huge strides in early childhood in 2019. With a new Chief School Readiness Officer, Jenna Conway, we anticipate several initiatives will…

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Share Your Story- Child Care, Foster Care, Trauma-informed, Health & Mental Health

As we prepare to speak up for kids at the Virginia General Assembly and in Washington we need help from you to share your story or the stories of families…

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Cheers for improvements in child care subsidy

There were two major victories for children’s advocates in the budget deal Congress reached earlier this year; the creation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (view our webinar for…

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Nanci Pedulla Champions Benefits of Home Visiting for Child Development

Nanci Pedulla, director of Healthy Families, a Northern Virginia Family Service home visiting program, has witnessed countless examples of the positive impact of home visiting programs on children and families….

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Donor and Advocate Brenda Tanner Appreciates Voices’ Multi-Issue Approach

Dr. Brenda Tanner has been speaking up for kids since she started teaching elementary school in 1976. During a 42-year career in public education, her commitment to doing what’s best…

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Circle Preschool Program, a Best-Practices Model for Trauma-Informed Early Education

Dr. Kathy Ryan and Denise Powers co-lead the Circle Preschool Program, a trauma-informed therapeutic preschool. In school year 2015-2016, public preschools in Virginia made 318 suspensions to 167 students, according…

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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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