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Use Your Vote as a Vote for Kids

Did you know that every year in Virginia is an election year? This November is an off-cycle election, meaning a general election which is held when neither a presidential nor a midterm election takes place. Voters will choose their representatives…

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Marching Toward the 2020 Census

The countdown to the big count is on: The 2020 Census kicks off in January and most families will be contacted by mid-March.  Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau carries out a constitutionally mandated count of the nation’s residents.…

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Access to Childcare and Preschool

Another school year is beginning, and if your household is like ours, you have been busy the last few weeks with preparations. Buying school supplies, figuring out bus schedules or carpool arrangements, and possibly finishing up that summer reading before…

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The Trauma-informed Approach

Richmond is still savoring the honor bestowed on Richmond Public Schools teacher Rodney Robinson, who was named National Teacher of the Year this spring. Robinson, who teaches at the Virgie Binford Education Center in the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, is…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month – a great time to check in on recent progress in Virginia to increase access to treatment for children and youth who need it. State and local advocates continue to push for policy changes,…

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Focus on Foster Care

Pictured: Caucus co-chair Sen. Monty Mason speaks during the Foster Care Caucus’s press conference on Jan. 15. He is backed by Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, co-chair Del. Emily Brewer, Sen. Barbara Favola, Sen. Bryce Reeves, Sen. Janet Howell, Del. Chris…

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Virginia General Assembly Watch

Do traumatic events in childhood have to negatively direct the course of someone’s life? The Virginia General Assembly will help answer that question during the 2019 session, which starts January 9. Unfortunately, 19 percent of kids in Virginia have experienced…

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Your Vote is Your Voice

November means it is time to vote. This year, Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. Sometimes as adults, we are embarrassed to admit we do not know something that we think we ought to. Rather than say we are unsure…

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Counting Kids Matters

Have you ever wondered how the federal government decides to divide funds among the states for institutions and crucial programs that help children live healthy, happy lives? To allocate funds to programs like Head Start, public schools, health insurance coverage,…

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