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The 2018 Virginia General Assembly session began on January 9, 2019, and will continue for 45 days. Here you can track the bills that are proposed, voted on, and the few that will ultimately become law.

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Child day programs; staff training requirements, exemption for cooperative preschools.
Toby Harnden writes: My two children attended Overlee Cooperative Preschool and had a great experience there. I cannot overstate the value of the time they spent in the co-op environment - it was greatly enriching. I fully support HB2258, which is necessary to ensure parent co-ops continue to be a realistic option for parents in Virginia - which won’t be the case if parents are required to undertake excessive amounts of training so they can be classroom aides.
Child day programs; staff training requirements, exemption for cooperative preschools.
Kathleen Philpott Costa writes: My three children, now teenagers, attended Sleepy Hollow Preschool (SHPS), and it was an invaluable experience for all of us. It was during my time at SHPS that the existing training exemption for cooperative preschool parents was established. I am concerned that this exemption has now been eliminated. Cooperative preschools have shown their model of parent involvement to be successful for over a half century. Please return the required training hours for cooperative preschool parents to the current level of 4 hours per year. While cooperative preschools thrive on parent involvement, the parents are supervised by teachers and recognize that the teachers are the classroom experts. Parents spend a few hours a month helping in the classroom and learning from observing the teachers. Subjecting these parents to the same training requirements as the teaching staff would create a hardship on already-busy families and increase tuition costs. Ultimately, onerous training requirements on cooperative preschool parents would spell the end of the cooperative preschool. I urge support for HB2258 and the long, successful tradition of cooperative preschool education in Virginia.
Child day programs; staff training requirements, exemption for cooperative preschools.
Lisa Smith writes: I am writing in support of HB2258 in hopes that the cooperative preschool system in Virginia can be maintained. Our family has benefited significantly though participation in the co-op preschool system. It has provided us an unmatched, high-quality, affordable education option that allows us to be highly engaged in our children's early education. The current requirements for training are sufficient, and expanding them as proposed by the State Board of Social Services will create undue burdens for both parents and schools, likely crippling the entire cooperative pre-school system. I urge all committee members to support this important legislation to maintain Virginia's successful and valued cooperative preschools.
Child day programs; staff training requirements, exemption for cooperative preschools.
Martina writes: I support HB2258! My children have been attending a cooperative preschool in Williamsburg and we love it! I love being able to volunteer in my child's class to see what they are learning and how they interact with others. Parent involvement in children's education is important to my family and has been shown to be beneficial to a child's success in school. This bill will allow cooperative preschools to offer affordable classes without burdensome training for parents. Please pass this bill!
Child day programs; staff training requirements, exemption for cooperative preschools.
Kristi Irvin writes: Cooperative preschool is a fantastic experience for families. My husband and I, both older parents, college graduates, learned even more than both of our children during our 6 years. Please pass this bill, so that parents can continue share the preschool experience and learn from the staff. Parent volunteers allow cooperative preschools to be within the reach of most families, my minimizing staff costs while keeping children safe.
Child day programs; staff training requirements, exemption for cooperative preschools.
Anne Miller writes: Please pass this non-partisan legislation and allow coop preschools — an important affordable, high-quality early education option for many families in Virginia — to continue to exist. My children, now ages 18 and 22, attended both Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool and Dulin Cooperative Preschool in Falls Church. Those early experiences of observing parents investing time and resources into their education provided powerful modeling for commitment to community that they still carry with them today. It is important to keep this option available in Virginia.