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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.
Kristin Shapiro writes: I strongly support this bill. My son attends a cooperative preschool, and the experience has been invaluable. Unlike traditional preschools, cooperative preschools are built around parental participation in the classroom, which a wealth of research tells us is wonderful for child development. Parental participation also keeps tuition low, making preschool accessible to Virginia families who might otherwise not be able to afford it. The new DSS regulations will likely cause many cooperative preschools in Virginia to close, and for no good reason. According to the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget’s analysis of DSS's proposed increased training requirements earlier this year, the “proposed changes are not driven by identified deficiencies that might affect the health or safety of children in care” and “the costs of these changes likely far outweigh the convenience of having one standard for all licensees.” What is worse, by discouraging parental participation in the classroom, DSS's proposed rules could actually make preschools less safe -- because what could be better for children's safety than parents seeing firsthand what is happening in their child's classroom? As a concerned mom, citizen, and voter, I will be tracking with great interest the legislators who do and do not support this bipartisan, common-sense bill.
Child day programs; staff training requirements, exemption for cooperative preschools.
Jaime Iglehart writes: My children have all attended Dulin Cooperative Preschool in Falls Church, VA. This is a wonderful first learning experience for our children that relies on parental help in the classroom. The new professional development hour requirements for cooping parents is unattainable for most and I fear will cause our preschool to have to close. The teachers in these classrooms are well equipped to lead the class and just have parents help with other tasks and maintaining the two-adult rule. Please keep the hourly requirements low and attainable so that we can keep educating our children in this play-based, cooperative environment.
Child day programs; staff training requirements, exemption for cooperative preschools.
Halee Robbins writes: My family belongs to Dulin Cooperative Preschool in Falls Church. We support HB 2258 because the recent increases in staff training passed by the Board of Social Services will be a burden on our family. Cooperative preschools are an affordable and essential option for early education. We chose a cooperative preschool because it gives us a unique opportunity to observe and learn alongside our daughter. We have witnessed the way she interacts with her peers and her teachers. Through these observations, we have been able to see how she compares developmentally and address her needs with appropriate activities at home. We strongly believe that parental involvement in the classroom sets a positive tone for a lifetime of learning. Please support Virginia's cooperative preschools!
Child day programs; staff training requirements, exemption for cooperative preschools.
Susan Lee writes: My family belongs to Dulin Cooperative Preschool in Falls Church. I support HB 2258 because the recent increases in staff training passed by the Board of Social Services will be a burden on my family. I have triplets enrolled at the school now. Because the parents serve as unpaid classroom aides, our cooperative program manages to keep tuition low. My family would not have been able to afford preschool otherwise. The high degree of parental involvement that cooperative preschools require in early education is beneficial to families and children. I have learned so much as I watch the teachers interact with my children, magically calm tantrums, and grow their minds. I am grateful to Dulin and the cooperative preschool model.
Income tax, state; itemization.
Bill writes: Tax conformity now,as before
Health insurance; coverage for autism spectrum disorder.
Bill writes: Insurance is a hedge offered for an unknown ,but expected event. Not financing a definite expense.