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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.

2022 Legislative Agenda Results Summary

The 2022 legislative session saw a transition back to in-person work and a continuation of pandemic-related stresses on the system. Legislators demonstrated both support for early childhood programs and an increasing impatience with requests to continue pandemic-level assistance. Similarly, the Governor’s Recommended FY23 Budget supported some key programs and suggested reductions in others.

In the end, progress was made on many of the issues on the Alliance’s 2022 Legislative Agenda. While the impacts of the pandemic continue and many elements of the early childhood system are struggling, the added investments made this session will support many key programs. Most importantly, thousands of children and families will benefit as a result.

The conclusion of the session marks the end of the biennium and the beginning of an election season that will bring many changes to the Legislature through retirements, re-drawn legislative districts, and competitive elections. Alliance members will be hard at work over the summer and fall tracking these changes as they occur, and preparing a full slate of issues for advocacy in ’23.

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. 

The next session is coming up on Friday, October 21 at 1:00 pm. We are excited to announce that this session will be facilitated by Shannon McMahon from Voices Against Violence. Shannon is the Advocacy Coordinator at Voices Against Violence, the domestic and sexual violence agency that serves Franklin and Grand Isle counties. She has been in the movement to end gendered violence in Vermont for ten years, and moved back to work at Voices Against Violence about four years ago because because the program serves the community where she grew up. In preparation for Youth Homelessness Awareness Month in November, she will be the discussing the intersection of domestic violence and experiencing homelessness (who in our communities are more likely to experience this intersection), support for families in Vermont that are affected by violence, and how to support children/youth during this difficult time. 

Email Taylor Hughey, Alliance Outreach Manager, at taylor@vecaa.org to register.

You can also contact Taylor Hughey if your organization would like to co-host one of these events, or if you have suggested topics or discussion materials to offer.

Early Childhood Day at the Legislature

ECDL ’22 was a great success! Over 150 early childhood advocates attended Early Childhood Day at the Legislature (ECDL) virtually on March 9, 2022. People from all over the state logged in to ask the 52 participating legislators to support Vermont’s young children and families.  

You can read a longer summary of the Day’s highlights here. If you have any questions, please contact taylor@vecaa.org.

We look forward to seeing you in-person next year Wednesday, March 15, 2023!

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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