Virginia

Our allies in Virginia — year after year — help pass new policies and increased funding that improve the lives of Virginia’s children.

State Allies: 

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Voices for Virginia's Children • Henrico, VA
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Virginia Early Childhood Foundation • Richmond, VA
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Top Priorities for 2020

Increase access to high-quality preschool for at-risk three- and four-year-olds, delivered in both public and private settings, by supporting the Governor’s $95 million proposal to improve Virginia’s early childhood systems

Increase support and incentives for Virginia’s early educator workforce.

Establish an equitable, effective, and streamlined early childhood system with a single point of accountability

Provide $13 million in state funding and the authority to submit a state plan amendment to create a home visiting service for high-risk pregnant women and new mothers funded by Medicaid

Approve a study to scale-up early childhood mental health consultation statewide

In 2019, Virginia advocates spoke out — and policymakers listened.

  • $6 million per year increase in state funding to sustain access to high-quality preschool for 1,500 students in 13 communities at risk of losing federal funding
  • Advocates put pressure on the Department of Social Services to increase Child Care Subsidy enrollment by nearly 6,000 children and to reduce the waiting list to fewer than 500 children in a six-month period
  • Governor Northam’s Administration adopted a state plan to eliminate the racial disparities in maternal mortality by 2025
  • Additional funding to improve the quality of early childhood programs by improving classroom quality and providing scholarships for the workforce

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Virginia early childhood policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice