Empowering parents in education was the message delivered by Governor Glenn Youngkin in Salem on Friday.
The Governor held a ‘Parents Matter Conversation’ event to speak directly with parents and get their thoughts on education in the Commonwealth.
“Parents stood up and said that what’s happening in our children’s lives with other people making decisions for our children is not acceptable,” Youngkin said.
“It means a lot to have these conversations,” Blandy said. “It means a lot that he was welcoming anyone here. The more of these that he could do, the better because he’s hearing from parents at the local level and that’s the support that we need.”
Governor Glenn Youngkin (R – Virginia) signed two bills that may give expectant single mothers financial support.
The two bills signed by the governor allow mothers to petition a court to order noncustodial fathers to share the cost of pregnancy and delivery expenses.
Youngkin signed HB 2290, proposed by Del. Emily Brewer (R – Suffolk), and SB 1314 patroned by Senator Siobhan Dunnavant (R – Henrico) at the East End Pregnancy Center off Laburnum Avenue in Henrico County.
December 21, 2022
More than one million dollars is headed to Southwest Virginia, to help provide more childcare options for working parents.
Governor Glenn Youngkin’s $1.24 million in grant money will help support the “ready Southwest Virginia” program.
It’s an effort announced last year by the United Way of Southwest Virginia to help fill the childcare gap.
“Finding quality, affordable and available childcare options for working families in Virginia has been an enduring challenge. Expanding access to providers while strengthening the current network is a necessary step in the right direction,” Youngkin said.
October 24, 2023
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin congratulated the Roanoke College female swimmers for successfully resisting the college’s decision to let a male-born athlete compete on the women’s team based on gender identity.
“In Virginia, we are committed to fairness in women’s sports,” Youngkin said. “I stand with the Roanoke College Swimmers in their efforts to seek an even playing field. Their request is reasonable, it’s common sense.”
His comments came after the college in Salem, Virginia, announced that, despite its earlier approval, the male-born swimmer had withdrawn from the team.
The governor is pushing for $230 million in new funding for behavioral health.
Youngkin’s proposal includes $20 million to fund 30+ new mobile crisis teams to respond to calls to Virginia’s 9-8-8 hotline.
“We have so many Virginians that are needing support and that’s the problem we’ve got,” Youngkin said. “Our system wasn’t built to meet that capacity that we’re seeing in this crisis of behavioral health across the Commonwealth. And that’s why our right help right now plan is so important. And while we’re going to build capacity to support Virginians before they have crisis students, the elderly Virginians who are struggling, we want to support them before they have a crisis.
In order to raise a child, they say it takes a village — something that not all new mothers have. A new facility in Petersburg aims to serve those new mothers.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, joined by state and community leaders, celebrated the opening of Virginia’s newest Urban Baby Beginnings Center, which is geared towards helping mothers, babies and families across the Petersburg area.
Youngkin said that Petersburg was chosen as the location for the facility because of the high infant mortality rates in the area. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Virginia had an average of 5.6 infant deaths per 1,000 births at the beginning of 2023, in Petersburg this rate was 10.3 deaths per 1,000 births in 2020.
“Mortality rates are so much higher than the rest of Virginia,” Youngkin said. “Therefore, we have to go to work.”