Twitter: vakids

Blog Category: Family Economic Security

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…

Continue Reading

Latasha Wiggins, CHIP Champion

Latasha Wiggins was standing in a parking lot alternately crying and talking into her phone to a woman in an office of one of Latasha’s elected representatives. It was two…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

Working to improve health insurance access in Virginia

Update 2/23/18: Yesterday, the House and Senate voted on their versions of the budget, which are actually their changes to the budget introduced by outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe in December….

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

New Interactive Data Maps and Graphics!

By: Colton Powell & Beth Nolan Voices is thrilled to share with you our new and improved interactive data page, which displays key indicators in four areas of child well-being….

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

Race, Place, and Poverty Presentation for Greater Richmond

Last month, Beth, our KIDS COUNT Director, presented to the United Methodist’s Richmond Region Women’s Group about race, place, and poverty in Greater Richmond. The presentation highlighted different indicators, broken…

Continue Reading

When Families Work, Everything Works Better: Dispelling Myths about Welfare/TANF

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is the federal program that provides cash assistance and employment supports for low-income working families with children. When the TANF block grant was passed…

Continue Reading

Changing the Lens- Trauma-informed Approaches in State Policy

Research shows that chronic, severe stressors in childhood can cause biological responses that are toxic and traumatic to the developing brain and can have long-term consequences for health and wellness….

Continue Reading