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.

The First Lady with Tasha Wagner's son, from The Children's CenterFirst Lady Pamela Northam and Virginia’s School Chief Readiness Officer Jenna Conway enjoyed interacting with the children while many ECE advocate legislators came to talk with families: Sen. Howell, Del. Plum, Del. Brewer, Sen. McClellan, Sen. Hanger, Sen, Sutterlein, Del. Bulova (in the drum circle), Del. Kory, Sen. Mason, Sen, Petersen, Del. McQuinn and more.

 Thank you to VOICES for Virginia’s Children for organizing this great event, and to Greater Richmond Smart Beginnings and their awesome RVA Basics campaign, VCU Health Child Care, Wolf Trap Institute, Reach Out and Read, Families Forward, Early Impact Virginia and more for coming to help and engage families and legislators. Head Start was happily represented in the same “sandbox” with all of the other great ECE champions in Virginia! Go VAHSA 2020 Parent Ambassadors! 

Thanks to all who came to the Playdate at the Capitol. We had a beautiful day and a ton of fun playing, drumming, and learning! #ECE #homevisiting #playdateVA #VAHSAParentAmbassadors 

Parent Ambassador Heather Thomas and family from Fairfax Office for Children. With Delegate Clinton Jenkins from Suffolk
Parent Ambassador Haydee Navarro and family from The Children’s Center in Suffolk.
Parent Ambassador Tasha Wagner and son, along with Family and Community Engagement manager Jennifer Branham from The Children’s Center in Suffolk.
First Lady Pam Northam Dawn Ault speaking with Senator Dunnavent's legislative aide
 Jenna Conway, Virginia’s Chief School Readiness Officer, enjoys the Playdate at the Capitol sponsored by VOICES.  Dawn Ault, VAHSA Executive Director

 

There were many activities for children to do at the playdate!