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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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Federal Action Needed for Virginia Foster Care Reforms

As a nation we have all felt slightly out of control of our lives for the past few months, a lot like children and families involved in the child welfare…

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“Parents are at a breaking point”: May 2020 Parent Survey Results

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT & RECOMMENDATIONS Parents are at a breaking point. After three months at home with their children balancing work, home school and all caregiving responsibilities the stress of…

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Stabilize Child Care with the CARES Act Stimulus

As COVID-19 continues to present challenges to the child care community, we are looking for ways tht  policymakers can respond. On March 27th, Congress included $3.5 billion in additional resources…

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act In Your Community

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27th to create a $2 trillion economic stimulus efforts for business, health care, communities, and families. Implementing the CARES Act will…

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Easing Families’ Financial Burdens through Federal Response to COVID-19

On March 18, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides relief to health care systems, additional paid sick leave, family leave and unemployment benefits.   On March 26,…

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COVID 19 – Virginia Foster Care Policy Recommendations

The Foster Care Policy Network is comprised of partners from across the Commonwealth who represent policy advocates, service providers, parents and caregivers, and—most especially—youth to identify key legislative opportunities to…

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The COVID-19 Child Care Conundrum

Families are in a child care conundrum. What do you do with your children who are out of school for an undetermined amount of weeks? What do you to ensure…

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