Policy Agenda

In Brief: Child Care Aware of Virginia is committed to promoting quality child care for children throughout the Commonwealth, ages birth through twelve. Children should be safe and parents should have choices among quality settings that promote their children’s healthy development.
Our recommendations for the General Assembly promote both safe settings for children and quality choices for families.

Download the full Public Policy Agenda in Brief here.

Issue in Brief: Virginia child care programs are facing an unprecedented staffing shortage. In addition, the hiring process is often delayed due to a slow state background check process that exceeds what federal law requires. Programs can’t fill child care vacancies in a timely manner, exacerbating the staffing crisis, and making it difficult for families to secure needed child care.
Child Care Aware of Virginia’s

Enable prospective staff to work in a supervised manner as long as the FBI or VSP fingerprint check has cleared (as allowed under federal law).

Download the full document Fixing the Child Care Background Check System: Promoting Efficiency and Safety here.