The Early Learning Now campaign supports Governor Northam’s proposed budget that prioritizes equitable access to high quality programs for all children and families.

2021 General Assembly Budget Priorities

Equitable Access

$5m Recruit & retain early educators
(Early Educator Teacher Incentive)
$444k Increase access for three-year-olds
$300k Eliminate wait lists for Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)
$642k Allow program flexibility with class sizes & ratios
Language Expand access for special education children
Language Partner with private programs and school divisions to improve access


$9.7m Increase per pupil amount in VPI from $6,326 to $7,655
Language G3 progam provides support for early educator workforce training


$300k Expand Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program to preschool classrooms
$161k Create Deputy Superintendent of Early Childhood position at VDOE

2020 Recap

$35.4m Total in reallotted funding during special session
$169.5m Total federal relief funds for children, families and programs

Legislation proposed by Governor Northam provides dedicated funding for access to quality early learning programs for all at-risk 3 and 4 year-olds.

This dedicated funding would impact over 20,000 children and families.