McEachin Secures Community Project Funding for Education Priorities in Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District

July 14, 2021
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced that he secured the inclusion of $1.9 million for two local educational priorities in the 2022 House Appropriations’ Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee bill.

“It is my honor to fight for our district in Congress, and I am proud to have secured this much-needed funding to support local teachers, students and families,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04).  “The success of students depends on well-trained teachers and a versatile education. That is why I am happy to secure funding for these priorities that aim to ensure every child receives a quality early education to set them up for success. I will continue advocating for our district to ensure that we get the federal funding we need to make our community stronger.”

This funding will make a critical difference in the lives of students and teachers by improving the quality and training of faculty as well as the standard of curriculum for students in various schools. Rep. McEachin secured funding for the following projects: 

  • $400,000 for RTR Teacher Residency Early Childhood Pathway at Virginia Commonwealth University to recruit, support, train, and retain high quality early childhood teachers in Central Virginia public schools.
  • $1,500,000 for An Achievable Dream Certified Academy at Highland Springs Elementary to expand their educational framework to the middle school level in Henrico, as well as provide a high level of wrap-around and other supportive services to students and their families.

"We thank Rep. McEachin for his leadership in advocating for the RTR Teacher Residency Early Childhood Pathway," said Michael Rao, President of VCU and VCU Health System. “This initiative will build the framework to attract, support and retain the very best early childhood teachers in our public schools. We are thrilled that it is included in the House's FY22 funding legislation."

“An Achievable Dream is honored to have been selected by Congressman McEachin for targeted federal funding,” said Lee Vreeland, Ed.D., President & CEO of An Achievable Dream Academies. “This funding will be indispensable to advancing our core mission of investing in underserved Virginia students over the long-term, providing access to academic resources, enriching learning experiences, life skills, and exposure to local employers and colleges to help prepare them for a lifetime of success. This funding is needed now more than ever and will allow us to bring our groundbreaking whole-child focused education and critical wrap-around supports to help more Virginia students and families. We thank Congressman McEachin for making this critical investment in our children and the Henrico County community.”

“Henrico County is grateful to Congressman McEachin for his efforts to secure this additional funding for the Achievable Dream Academy at Highland Springs Elementary School,” said Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “The targeted federal funds will further boost the county’s ongoing efforts to expand Achievable Dream to the sixth grade and beyond. The Academy is making great strides in changing the lives of many young people in Henrico, and our county is thankful for Congressman McEachin’s continuing support of this vital program.”   

Rep. McEachin submitted several Community Project Funding requests to the Appropriations Committee, including crucial priorities for the Richmond-areaCentral Virginia, and the Hampton Roads region. Information on the status of additional requests will be announced in the coming days.

The inclusion of this funding in the Appropriations Committee draft bill is the first step in the funding process. Rep. McEachin will continue to fight for this funding as the bill moves to the full Appropriations Committee, consideration on the House Floor, and negotiations with the Senate.