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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.

The Alliance’s seventh Annual Membership Meeting was on Wednesday, May 26.  Over 50 members of the Vermont early childhood community joined us for an afternoon of reflection, planning and appreciation for our last year of work.  We were joined by Congressman Peter Welch, Sen. Ginny Lyons, and Reps. Wood and Jessup to discuss incoming federal funding and our advocacy work in the next six months. 

View the full 2021 Annual Membership Meeting Recap here on our website.

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.

2021 Legislative Agenda Results Summary

Pandemic response dominated the 2021 legislative session, as expected. Virtual advocacy and virtual legislating posed many challenges, but the Legislature continued to respond to our community and showed strong support for our community’s priorities. The Legislature’s FY22 Budget included substantial investments in many early childhood programs and initiatives on the Alliance’s 2021 Legislative Agenda.

We will continue to monitor legislative activity over the summer and fall, as more decisions are made on the allocation of federal pandemic relief funding. Look for updates in our weekly newsletters in the coming weeks.

Alliance Webinars

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 Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance and its partners are convening a monthly, salon-style Equity Discussion Group via Zoom.

These discussion groups are planned for the third Friday of each month at 1:00 pm. Please RSVP to Alliance Public Engagement Director Dan Brown at dan@vecaa.org. We hope to see you there!

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 Dan Brown at dan@vecaa.org.

 

Webinar Archive

Click here to access recordings of past Alliance webinars, including Vote Smart! Make Early Childhood Issues a Priority this Election, Virtual Advocacy 101Promoting Equity in COVID-19 Response, and more!

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

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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