Feb. 27, 2020 .. VA Gov. Ralph Northam visited Falls Church-McLean Children's Center to call attention to his historic budget proposal that includes $94.8 million in new funds to expand access to preschool for Virginia's 3- and 4-yr-olds at-risk.
The Children’s Center was established in 1968 to provide young children who are at-risk the high-quality, early education experience they need to build the foundational skills they need to be ready for success in school. The Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) currently funds tuition for 4-year-olds to attend approved preschools such as the Children’s Center.
The Governor’s budget would extend funding for 3-year-olds, giving them another year to develop their skills to expected levels. Children also can receive support services such as speech therapy for developmental delays that are interfering with their ability to learn.
VPI also provides funding for ongoing teacher training and mentorship to enable teachers to effectively tailor learning opportunities to the widely varied skill levels and diverse needs of young children from low- and moderate-income families.
Falls Church Mayor Dave Tarter (center), Council member Phil Duncan, and Fairfax Co. Supervisor John Foust shared a light moment with Gov. Northam before he toured the Children's Center.
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