Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, Voices for Virginia’s Children, Save the Children Action Network Launch September Storybook

Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, Voices for Virginia’s Children, Save the Children Action Network Launch September Storybook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2021

Stories Highlight the Need to Pass the Build Back Better Act, Including Comprehensive Paid Family and Medical, Extending the Expanded Child Tax Credit, and Investments in Child Care

RICHMOND — Today, the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, Voices for Virginia’s Children and Save the Children Action Network launched their September Storybook. The organizations released the following statements:

Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy

“For too long, Virginia families have struggled in the absence of paid leave and affordable childcare. The temporarily expanded child tax credit has relieved some of that burden, allowing families to catch up on bills as we emerge from the pandemic. We need to extend this tax credit and finally enact paid leave for all. These stories clearly demonstrate that the urgency of this moment cannot be overstated — families across the Commonwealth need Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act and make sure policies like paid leave and childcare investments are included.”  

Voices for Virginia’s Children

“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to put families first by passing the Build Back Better plan. The gaps in our system have exposed that families need the total package—child care, paid leave and economic supports—to survive challenging times. Our leaders can demonstrate that they are hearing these stories from working families and responding to their needs by supporting these issues in state and federal recovery plans.”

Save the Children Action Network

“Right now Congress is debating legislation, called the Build Back Better bill, that is a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s kids.  Save the Children Action Network is thrilled to be partnering with VA’s Family Friendly Economy to make sure these important first-hand stories about child care challenges are heard.”

Each of the stories in the September Storybook highlights the consequences working Virginians and families face because they do not have access to paid family and medical leave or other core care infrastructure. These powerful stories illustrate the challenges many families face today and the positive difference a paid leave program could make for families across the Commonwealth — particularly for those with children in their care.

This month’s stories include:

  • Abida, Richmond
  • Afrikka, Chesterfield
  • Brandy, Rocky Mount
  • Chrischa, Virginia Beach
  • Christina, Chesterfield
  • Crystal, Rocky Mount
  • Danny, Richmond
  • Deanna, Richmond
  • Detron, Charlottesville
  • Dominique, Chesterfield
  • John, Virginia Beach
  • Lauren E., Richmond
  • Lauren S., Henrico
  • Megan, Moseley
  • Monica, Henrico
  • Sara, Chesterfield
  • Shannon, Chesterfield
  • Tashyra, Orange
  • Tylesha, Norfolk
  • Zashira, Roanoke

 

This is the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy’s sixth storybook. The April storybook is available here; the May storybook is available here; the June storybook is available here; the July storybook is available here; the August storybook is available here.

For more information about Voices for Virginia’s Children, visit https://vakids.org/.

For more information about Save the Children Action Network, visit https://savethechildrenactionnetwork.org/.

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