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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.

Join advocates from around the state on the afternoon of May 28 at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich for the Alliance’s Annual Membership Meeting.

The event starts at 1:00 pm with workshops on the results of Alliance’s 2024 Legislative Agenda and an information session for new Alliance members. The Meeting will also feature elections for seats on the Alliance Steering Committee, and a panel discussion about the special characteristics of multi-year advocacy campaigns.

The Meeting concludes with a social hour and an opportunity to network with other members of the early childhood community.

For more information visit our Annual Meeting website. 

2024 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 related to health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education. 

The issues were selected by the Alliance’s 21-member Steering Committee. One or more lead organizations will direct legislative and advocacy strategy on each issue. 

More information about the agenda and the lead organizations can be found here. 

2024 Legislative Agenda Results

The 2024 legislative session saw a return to the State House’s pace and politics of the pre-pandemic era, with budget pressures and competing House-Senate positions dictating many outcomes. The results for the state’s early childhood community were mixed. While two issues on the Alliance’s 2024 Legislative Agenda had solid success, several had only partial victories and others had disappointing results. A number of issues did make important progress in developing their organizational strength, setting them up for more success in the future.

Without question, issues of pressing concern to Vermont’s young children and their families – housing, economic security, high quality education, health care, etc. – continue to be prominent in policy discussions in the State House.

Looking ahead, Alliance members will be hard at work over the summer and fall building support for ongoing campaigns, tracking implementation of programs that have passed, and preparing a full slate of issues for advocacy in ’25.

2024 Early Childhood Day at the Legislature

Thank you to all of the attendees and Legislators who joined us in Montpelier for the 30th Annual Early Childhood Day at the Legislature (ECDL)! 

The Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance hosts ECDL to bring together, early childhood professionals, parents, employers, and policymakers in person to:

  • Meet with legislators about early childhood issues
  • Attend workshops on current topics
  • Take action at the State House
  • Network and exchange information
To read a full recap of this year’s event, visit our ECDL website.

Stay tuned for an event recap and put next year’s event on your calendar for Wednesday, March 12, 2025!

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