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Virginia First Lady Visits Hopkins House

September 17, 2020 07:22 PM


The First Lady of Virginia, Mrs. Pamela Northam, visited the Hopkins House James L. & Juliette McNeil Preschool Academy this week, as part of her "Back to School Tour". This was the First Lady's first visit to Hopkins House. She was joined on the tour by State Delegate Paul E. Krizek.

First_Lady_5The First Lady toured the Preschool Academy, visited and read books with some of the Preschool Young Scholars, and spent time discussing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child care providers with Hopkins House officials and members of the Fairfax County Office for Children. 

Hopkins House President, J. Glenn Hopkins, urged the First Lady to ask the Virginia Health Department to "prioritize child care workers in the Commonwealth for COVID-19 testing. Medical workers, store clerks, and other essential workers, as well as working parents, depend on child care workers to take care of their kids, so it's critical that we keep child care workers healthy."

"Child care workers ought to be considered part of the infrastructure of the State's economy" added Hopkins House Board Chair, James L. Banks, Jr.. "Let us know how we can help you pursue this issue back in Richmond." 

First_Lady_20The First Lady applauded Academy Principal Deborah Boateng-Beckson and her team for having kept the Preschool Academy open for the past six months without a single incident of COVID-19 infection. "This is indication of strong management and leadership."

President Hopkins thanked the First Lady and Governor Northam for the Virginia Cares Grants. "These grants have helped to keep Hopkins House and other child care providers afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. We have not had to lay any employees off."