Lt. Governor announces early childhood interventions package

Published 1:33 pm Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam announced recently that Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s budget includes $15.5 million to support early childhood interventions.

The investment follows recommendations from both the Children’s Cabinet and the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success, according to a press release.

The two-year budget plan includes $15.5 million for the following programs: $6.75 million each year in Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds to increase funding for programs using the home visiting model.

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This increase more than doubles funds for programs following the Healthy Families America home visiting model from $4.3 to $11 million in TANF funds annually; $1 million each year to increase non-general fund support for the Comprehensive Health Investment Project (CHIP) of Virginia.

The purpose of the program is to develop, expand, and operate a network of local public-private partnerships providing comprehensive care coordination, family support, and preventative medical and dental services to low-income, at-risk children.

 The proposed budget requires approval by the Virginia General Assembly.