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The Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance is a statewide coalition of early childhood professionals and providers, parents, and employers working together to improve public policies that impact young children from birth to age eight on issues of health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education.

Alliance Webinars

Alliance Monthly Equity Discussion Group

Many early childhood community members have renewed their personal and professional commitment to antiracism and diversity, equity, and inclusion – and want to engage in sustained learning. To support this, the Alliance will be hosting a monthly, salon-style diversity, equity, and inclusion discussion group on the third Friday of each month, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Selected materials (from readings to visual art) and guided questions will be distributed in advance of each session. Participants will share their reflections and questions with their peers in an open collective learning environment. Alliance staff will organize each event, moderate discussion, and learn and grow along with the participants. Register today by emailing Charlie Gliserman at charlie@vecaa.org!

If your organization would like to co-host one of these events, or if you have suggested topics or discussion materials to offer, please contact Charlie Gliserman at charlie@vecaa.org.

Vote Smart! Make Early Childhood Issues a Priority this Election 

Vermont’s Primary election is coming up on August 11! Join the Alliance and Let’s Grow Kids for a discussion on how to ensure that investing in children and families and the early childhood community is a top priority this election. We’ll share information about how to find candidates’ positions on early childhood issues and ways to engage with candidates directly, along with an overview of the voting process this year.

Note- this webinar was on Tuesday, July 28, but the recording is now available to view!

Alliance Webinar Archive

Click here to access recordings of past Alliance webinars, including Virtual Advocacy 101Promoting Equity in COVID-19 Response, and more!

CRF Summary

On Friday June 26, the Legislature approved three bills that allocated about $600 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to provide emergency relief. The Alliance and our member organizations have been deeply involved in advocacy regarding the bills. You can find a summary of the outcomes in our advocacy areas and related funding allocations on our website.

The Alliance has created an evolving list of relevant COVID-19 resources for Vermont’s early childhood community.

 

 

 

 

Legislative Agenda

The Alliance’s Legislative Agenda is crafted annually in partnership with early childhood organizations that are advancing policy solutions through the legislative process that are related to health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education.

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“It’s incredibly valuable to have this vast network of statewide advocates that can rally people to share their stories or reach out to their Legislator. We were successful in getting the Family and Medical Leave bill and it was in large part because of the work of the Alliance.” 

– MAIN STREET ALLIANCE