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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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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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Historic Investment for Children’s Mental Health: 2020 Legislative Session

On Thursday, March 12th, the Virginia General Assembly wrapped up its historic 2020 session by passing a two-year budget that makes historic investments in mental health services for children and…

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Continued Momentum: Foster Care in the 2020 Legislative Session

In 2019, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on foster care study revealed Virginia’s longstanding failings in Virginia’s foster care system. It showed a lack of adherence to requirements…

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A Big Investment in Little Learners: Early Education Results from the 2020 GA Session

Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam ran on a promise to expand early childhood education. And the Governor’s signature budget delivered with initiatives to expand access to more…

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Avoiding the “Cliff Effect” and Promoting Economic Stability for Families

At the end of this General Assembly Session, hard-working, low-income families will have access to more financial resources than they have in a very long time. We hope that more…

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Foster Care Budget Request: Send an Email to Legislators Now

The legislative session is winding down and right now budget negotiators (legislators who serve on Senate Finance and House Appropriations) are meeting to determine items in the final budget that…

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Progress for Mental Health in the Senate and House Budget Recommendations

This past Sunday, February 16th, the Senate and House “money committees” released their budgets. While there are differences in the House and Senate budget proposals, the great news is that…

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