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Northern Virginia- Opportunities for Action on Early Childhood- UPDATED

Posted:  -  By: Voices for VA's Kids

Calling all early childhood providers, supporters and parents in Northern Virginia! We encourage you to join in on our local advocacy activities focused on Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax.

Virginia’s city and county governments are taking action to balance local budgets and set priorities for the coming year.  Local leaders matter, and your voice counts!

Fairfax County UPDATES- 4/30/14

The county budget proposed in February 2014 called for a significant new investment in early learning. As the Board of Supervisors juggled many different priorities, our task was to make sure the Board of Supervisors heard that the school readiness investment was crucial and should be included in the final budget. Great news: they heard it!

Thank you to all who joined us for the Day of Action for Early Learning! Early childhood advocates gathered to support #SchoolReadiness4NoVa and heard from local leaders and Main Street Child Development Center’s preschoolers. The Fairfax County budget hearing and rally took place during the Week of the Young Child, which provided a great opportunity to demonstrate why early childhood matters. Check out photos and video on our Facebook page.

Early Learning and Local Budget Decisions in the Media

Fairfax trails neighbors in preschool programs, report saysFairfax Times March 18, 2014

Early learning could get boost in new Fairfax budget” WTOP Radio April 9, 2014

Advocacy for Early Learning in Northern VA: A Report from the Field” Washington Area Women’s Foundation April 17, 2014

Final Budget Decisions

Fairfax– “Fairfax spending plan includes tax increases, pay raisesWashington Post April 22, 2014

Arlington– “Arlington budget cuts tax rate, raises spendingWashington Post April 22, 2014

 Alexandria– “Alexandria City Council Considers FY2015 Budget Additions and Deletions” Alexandrianews.org April 21, 2014

Tools You Can Use

Fairfax Budget Summary- FINAL OUTCOME

Fairfax County Budget Proposal Summary

Fairfax Co. Budget Suggested Talking Points

letter to Fairfax Board Supervisors

Social Media Templates for Partners


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