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
|$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|
|$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.