Today, Hopkins House Preschool Academy parents and educators traveled to Richmond, Virginia, to push for sustained and increased investment of state funds in affordable childcare in the Commonwealth. The group joined with over 100 parents, educators, and childcare advocates who traveled from across the Commonwealth to attend “2024 Lobby Day” in the state capital.
With the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) now expired, there is considerable concern that the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding will have a disruptive and prolonged impact on Virginia’s children and their families, as well as the broader state economy as working parents struggle to balance the need to earn a living with the need for safe, reliable, and affordable childcare.
To avoid these disruptive impacts and fully realize the potential of Virginia’s children, families, workforce, and economy, advocates are asking policymakers to invest $275 million in the Virginia childcare system in FY25 and $325 million in FY26 to maintain and support parent demand for childcare services. They are also pushing legislators to enact legislation to ensure and maximize sustainable, stable funding for childcare that is responsive to parent choice, including a predictable cost-of-quality funding formula that responds to growing parent demand, and a non-reverting fund to safeguard and maximize childcare funds for distribution in future years.
The group was led by Helen Clemens, Chair of the Hopkins House Parent Self-Advocacy Subcommittee.
Pictured here is State Delegate Carrie Coyner and the Hopkins House team.