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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.

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.

Monthly Equity Discussion Group

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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. Our next session, “Teaching Black History Month All Year Round”, will be held on January 21. 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.

Early Childhood Day at the Legislature

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Planning has begun for the 2022 Early Childhood Day at the Legislature (ECDL). We are very excited to be working towards creating a meaningful experience for all participants. 

However, at this point we are not sure if we will be able to hold the event in person, or once again will use a virtual format. We will post updates on the status of the event as soon as we know more.

If you have any questions, please contact taylor@vecaa.org.

 

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