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Virginia Must Declare Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Racism is a driving determinant that impacts the social determinant of our personal and public health, family economic security, housing, food security, and education. Whether racism is explicit or implicit,…

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Virginians Must Choose Bravery- 2020 Unity Walk Kickoff RECAP

FRIENDS AND ALLIES IN THE PURSUIT OF RACIAL HEALING and SOCIAL JUSTICE joined Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia, Coming to the Table- RVA, Black Lives Matter 804, Broken Men Foundation,…

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Provide $80 million in CARES Act Funds for Child Care Stabilization Grants

DOWNLOAD THIS FACT SHEET TO SHARE WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS & LAWMAKERS There is an urgent need for child care to support working parents. Multiple factors are coinciding into a perfect…

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Early Childhood Education and Care in the 2020 Special Session

After the regular session ended with historic investments in early education, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and completely disrupted families’ lives. It also caused the governor to revisit the budget and…

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Special Session 2020: Policymakers Must Prioritize Child and Family Health

The Virginia General Assembly wrapped up its regular session this past March by passing a historic two-year budget that invested in Virginia’s children and families. COVID-19 hit Virginia at the…

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2020 Special Session Priorities

The last five months have been disruptive for children and families in Virginia. Children and parents are facing challenges, hardship and trauma that will impact them for a lifetime. Financial,…

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Advocating for Improvements to Child Welfare in Special Session

The corona virus pandemic makes it even more challenging than the usual for day-to-day care given by  foster and kinship caregivers, and child welfare professionals. Many of these children have…

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Prioritizing Children’s Mental Health During Special Session

COVID-19 isn’t just affecting our physical health and daily life—it’s also wrecking havoc on the mental health of our children and families. Whether it’s a lack of access to mental…

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Seeds of Hope Become Trees of Change

Guest Author: Dr. Janice Underwood, Ph.D, Commonwealth of Virginia’s Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Contact tracing. Social distancing. Coronavirus testing. All once nebulous phrases, now familiar and used in…

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Governor Recognizes Virginia’s First Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week: 8/2-8/8/20

On August 2nd, the Governor of Virginia declared Virginia’s first Racial Truth and Reconciliation Week. Every Virginian must reckon with the state’s historical past and make intentional efforts to reconcile…

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