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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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Children’s Mental Health Legislative Priorities 2019

Over the last several years, behavioral health has been a focus for policymakers in Virginia. Efforts made by our Medicaid and behavioral health agencies and the Deeds Commission  have signaled Virginia’s…

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Foster Care 2019 Legislative Agenda & Talking Points

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

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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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Keeping Students Safe and Well

Written by Dillon Wild, UVA Batten School MPP 2019 In response to recent tragic school shootings, the Virginia General Assembly established the House Select Committee on School Safety in an…

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Kinship Care Listening Tour

Virginia is ranked 49th in the country for the number of children aging out of foster care without a permanent connection. Children who are unable to live with their family…

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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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Laurie Flynn, Tireless Advocate for Children’s Mental Health, Kids in Foster Care

Laurie Flynn had been the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for less than a month when her 17-year-old daughter attempted suicide in 1984. Her daughter…

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