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PROMISE ADVOCATES GO TO WASHINGTON
This month, a group of our dedicated Promise Advocates traveled to Washington, D.C. for a three-day Child Care NEXT Summer Convening hosted by the Alliance for Early Success. During the visit, our group met with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to thank him for his leadership on early childhood investments amid ongoing budget reconciliation negotiations, as well as to underscore the importance of robust funding for child care at the federal level.
Following the meeting with Sen. Kaine, the Promise Advocates headed to the Cannon House Office Building for a House Budget Committee hearing on "Examining the Powerful Impact of Investments in Early Childhood for Children, Families, and Our Nation’s Economy." The hearing featured testimony from a slate of policymakers and early childhood experts.
"[The child care] funding gap is begging for a public investment so that supply can meet demand. Without it we will continue to have educator shortages, diminished maternal labor force attachment, and ever-widening inequality of child outcomes," said Rasheed Malik, hearing witness and Center for American Progress Senior Director of Early Childhood Policy, during his opening remarks.
In advance of the hearing, our group spoke with House Budget Committee member and Virginia Rep. Ben Cline to underscore the importance of quality early education to Virginia's children, families, and businesses.
The meetings took place as the Senate continues to hammer out a budget reconciliation deal that, in its current form, does not include any provisions for child care. You can help us ensure that child care funding remains in the final reconciliation package by writing your Senator TODAY!
HAVE YOU HEARD? A NEW PODCAST EPISODE IS OUT!
In our latest episode of Promise Insider, we hear from Virginia Promise in Action Child Care Champions Del. Carrie Coyner (R-Chesterfield) and Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg). Tune in to hear us discuss their visions for early education in Virginia, the work they have done to strengthen our child care system, and advice on how best to advocate for change.
Subscribe and listen today through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify to hear from experts and learn how we can give children the future they want, need and deserve!
PROVIDER AND PARENT CORNER
During this month's Alliance for Early Success Child Care NEXT Summer Convening, VPP representatives - including Virginia parents and providers - shared our transformative vision for child care and strategized on building an equitable early learning and care coalition within Virginia and with other states. See what several attendees had to say about the meeting!
JOB OPPORTUNITY: JOIN THE ROBINS FOUNDATION!
One of our Virginia Promise Partnership members, the Robins Foundation, is looking to fill an upcoming opening for a Senior Program Officer, Early Childhood Education. Key areas of responsibility include grant making, community engagement, systems building, philanthropic leadership, advocacy & policy, and learning and evaluation. For full details regarding the position and how you can apply, please click here.
ABOUT THE ROBINS FOUNDATION
The Robins Foundation is a Richmond-based private family foundation, is committed to harnessing its resources to make advances in early childhood education and foster dynamic communities across the Richmond metropolitan area.
This month, we partnered with member organization Save the Children Action Network for our July Promise Advocates call to host a training on "Understanding the Virginia Legislature and Power Mapping." Virginia State Manager Austin Walker shared important information on our legislative branch as well as how best to identify and engage targeted community stakeholders to advance our advocacy efforts.
Click here to read the full letter from a coalition of 85 leading national organizations to Members of Congress highlighting the urgent need to ensure the reconciliation package includes critical investments for child care.
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