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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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How to Connect with Your Legislator

Elected officials work to turn ideas into laws; they spend a great deal of their time identifying problems faced by their constituents to create solutions. Remember, legislators are everyday people…

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Advocacy 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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Send In Your Comments: Commission on Youth Study on Foster Care

The Virginia Commission on Youth studies and provides recommendations addressing the needs of and services for youth and their families. During the 2019 legislative session, the General Assembly took major…

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Apply Now: Foster Care & Kinship Care Youth Advocacy Day!

Voices for Virginia’s Children is looking for 20 young people with lived experiences in Virginia’s foster care system and formal/informal kinship care to participate in “Uplifting Young Voices: Foster and…

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Navigating the Policy Path as a Voices Intern

Guest author — Voices intern Hannah Adams This summer I was given the incredible opportunity to work alongside the talented staff at Voices in order to learn more about the…

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Young Children’s Challenging Behavior and Virginia’s Early Care and Education Programs

A recent report from the National Center for Children in Poverty, “Learning about Young Children’s Challenging Behavior and Impacts on Programs and Families: A State-wide Survey of Virginia’s Early Care…

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Recap- Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma & Resilience 4/25/19

On Thursday April 25, 2019 Voices hosted over 950 attendees at the Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma and Resilience. The goal of the Summit was to connect child-serving professionals and…

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Children’s Mental Health: 2019 Session Wrap-up

Over the last several years, behavioral health has been a primary focus for policymakers in Virginia. Efforts made by the Deeds Commission, as well as our Medicaid and behavioral health agencies,…

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Early Childhood: 2019 Session Wrap-Up

The 2019 General Assembly Session ended without as many big ideas for early education as it started with. Nonetheless, we still making progress to ensure that more low-income children have access…

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