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Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Addressing Preschool Suspension and Expulsion in Virginia It is well documented that the first years of life are critical for building the foundation of social-emotional development…

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Recap: Uplifting Young Voices Foster & Kinship Care Youth Advocacy Day

On January 15th Voices hosted its first-ever foster & kinship care youth advocacy day with a youth cohort that was selected in September. In November, the cohort participated in an…

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2020 Legislative Session Advocating For Kids In Foster Care (Updated Jan. 17th)

Foster care is a state-run program that provides temporary care for children who cannot live with their parents or other relatives. Through this system, the local department of social services…

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Jan. 21st- Campaign Virtual Advocacy Toolkit

Dear Advocates, We are thankful for your tireless support! With your support last year, we had a successful 2019 GA Session, and we looked forward to seeing all that we…

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Children’s Mental Health highlights in Northam’s 2020-2022 proposed budget

What’s in the Governor’s Budget for children’s mental health? Highlights from the Governor’s Introduced Budget: 2020-2022 On December 17th, Governor Northam presented his proposed  biennium budget to the Joint Money…

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Foster Care Highlights in 2020 Proposed Budgets

During the 2019 legislative session, the General Assembly took major steps forward to address the challenges within our foster care system that were identified in the JLARC report. In 2019, the first-ever bi-partisan…

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Early Childhood Education Budget Details- Gov. Northam’s Proposed Budget

As we learned from the exciting announcements from December 9th on maternal health and December 10th on early education, Governor Northam’s FY2021-2022 budget makes significant investments in healthy births and…

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2020 Advocacy Days Toolkit- Prepare to Advocate!

We are gearing up for the 2020 General Assembly Session and want YOU to be prepared to make your voice heard! Here is your “Advocacy Toolkit” so you can be…

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Budget Hearings & Town Halls Near You

Local Town Hall Meetings 12/12/19:First Pre-Session Town Hall – Delegate VanValkenburg and Delegate Willett 12/12/19: Town Hall Meeting– Delegate McQuinn 12/14/19: Legislative Town Hall–  Senator Boysko and Delegate Delaney 12/14/19:…

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Early Childhood Education: 2020 GA Talking Points

The 2020 General Assembly could transform early childhood education in Virginia for many years to come. It is well past time to strengthen our health, education and family support systems…

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