2021 GENERAL ASSEMBLY BUDGET PRIORITIES

EQUITABLE ACCESS

$5m (Early Educator Teacher Incentive) Recruit & retain early educators
$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

QUALITY

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

IMPACT

$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

Governor Northam will propose legislation and made it clear that half of the revenues should go toward access to quality programs for at-risk three and four-year-olds. This dedicated funding would impact over 20,000 children.

 

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