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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.

Early Childhood Day at the Legislature

Registration is now open for 2021 Early Childhood Day at the Legislature, coming up on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm!

Join the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance, Let’s Grow Kids, Building Bright Futures, early childhood professionals, parents, employers, and policymakers to:

– Meet with legislators about early childhood issues
– Attend workshops on current topics
– Take action at the virtual State House
– Network and exchange information

Further information – including a link to register, a participant toolkit, and more – can be found on our Early Childhood Day at the Legislature webpage. Email amy@vecaa.org with questions.

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.

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!

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