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Early Childhood Education and Care in the 2020 Special Session

Posted:  -  By: Emily Griffey

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

Posted:  -  By: Ashley Airington

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

Posted:  -  By: Emily Griffey

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

Posted:  -  By: Allison Gilbreath

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

Posted:  -  By: Ashley Airington

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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