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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.

2020 Legislative Agenda Results Summary

Like just about everything else this year, the 2020 Legislative Session was far from normal. The pandemic forced all activity to go to a virtual format starting on March 13, and also led to a special extra session in August and September to finish the budget-writing process. The Alliance and its members worked hard to keep the well-being of young children and families at the forefront throughout this chaotic and lengthy session.

Overall, the early childhood community’s advocacy this session showcased the strength of the Alliance and our collective efforts. While many of our Legislative Agenda items saw only modest policy gains, our members worked tirelessly – with remarkable cohesion – to support Vermont’s young children and families through these difficult times. This commitment to collaboration will serve us well in 2021.

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 Outreach Manager Amy Russo-Perler at amy@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 Amy Russo-Perler at amy@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!

Annual Membership Meeting

The Alliance’s sixth Annual Membership Meeting, held on September 16 via Zoom, brought together early childhood professionals and providers, parents, and employers from around the state.

Alliance members and staff reflected on the Alliance’s advocacy during the 2020 Legislative session and held the annual Steering Committee elections. A panel of representatives from member organizations shared their perspectives on how the COVID 19 pandemic has impacted their work and our advocacy, and discussed how they are planning to address systemic issues spotlighted by the pandemic and move forward stronger. This year’s Meeting also included breakout sessions on the 2020 Legislative Agenda and the Alliance’s work and small group discussions to continue the discussion started by our panelists.

Read a more detailed recap on our Annual Membership Meeting page.

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