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.

Hopewell Celebrates Head Start’s 54th birthday 

Hopewell Head Start Birthday Celebration Dress Down Red, White, and Blue Day.


Shining Stars Scholarship Applications being accepted until June 1, 2019 

The Virginia Head Start Collaboration Office will be offering 10 scholarships to the Shining Stars conference July 17-19, 2019 in Roanoke Virginia.  


Virginia's First Lady visits programs across Virginia

Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam, and Chief School Readiness Officer Jenna Conway, visit Head Start classrooms and other early childhood facilities in a Back to School Tour.  

In June 2018, First Lady Pamela Northam announced a new initiative to bolster early childhood education in Virginia and improve student outcomes for youth across the Commonwealth. The First Lady will lead the effort to improve the quality of and access to early childhood education programs across Virginia, support the early childhood education workforce, and ensure that Virginia makes the most of early childhood education resources. “We believe that all children should have access to opportunities regardless of the circumstances into which they are born. Early childhood education is the best investment we can make in our future workforce,” said First Lady Pamela Northam. “I look forward to bringing my experience as a parent, therapist, science educator, and environmentalist to continue advocating for our youngest and most vulnerable Virginians.”

News coverage of First Lady's visits.

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