Playdate at the Capitol – February 17, 2020

Our group with First Lady Pam Northam Virginia Head Start Parent Ambassadors joined other ECE stakeholders in advocating for early childhood education at the State Capitol. They brought their children on a "playdate" with delegates, senators, and the First Lady of Virginia to thank them for their investments. Head Start Director Yesenia De La Cruz (TAP) also attended with families. This year the Governor and Virginia General Assembly have supported an additional $100 million to improve access to home visiting and expand public preschool to serve more 3 & 4 year-olds.



CACFP provides for healthy meals and snacks for thousands of Virginia children every day! Join Virginia CACFP Week - as educators across the Commonwealth promote good nutrition for young children and celebrate the benefits of the CACFP.

Free resources for promoting CACFP Week are available at (social media graphics, activities for children, parent handouts, sample menus, and more)

Every social media post during CACFP Week that is tagged #VACACFP will be entered into a drawing for $100 gift cards!

More posts tagged #VACACFP = more chances to win!

For more information about CACFP Week, email Emily Keenum at [email protected] or [email protected].


The 2020 VAHSA Parent Ambassadors visited Richmond on January 22 to share their compelling stories with State Delegates and Senators about how Head Start has impacted their lives. They valued the opportunity to meet with State Legislators and shared powerful and inspirational examples of how families partner with Head Start to help prepare their children to be successful both in school, and in life.

Pictured left to right: Julie Chang, First Lady Pamela Northam, Tabatha Fulton, Jennifer Branham, Heather Thomas, Tasha Wagner and Dawn Ault 


Voices for Virginia’s Children 2019 Election Guide is now available! 

Use this guide to interact with candidates running for House and Senate to ask questions about issues impacting children and families in Virginia. This guide includes infographics, data, and talking points on early childhood education, foster care, mental health, family economic security and trauma-informed care.   


Establishment of The Governor's Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness 

The Governor and First Lady announced an Executive Directive to establish an Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness, which will be co-chaired by Commissioner Duke Soren and Chief School Readiness Officer Jenna Conway. 

 The team is being tasked with two core objectives:

  1. Ensure that all at-risk three-year-olds and four-year-olds in Virginia have access to a publicly-subsidized option; and 
  2. Ensure that all publicly-funded programs that serve children birth to five are measured as quality as part of a uniform quality rating system by 2025.
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