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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.
2023 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.
2022 Legislative Agenda Results
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
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. Our next session will be coming up in April. More information will be posted soon!
You can contact Taylor, Outreach Manager, at email@example.com if your organization would like to co-host one of these events, or if you have suggested topics or discussion materials to offer.
2023 Early Childhood Day at the Legislature
The 29th Annual Early Childhood Day at the Legislature (ECDL) was on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Montpelier! The issues on our 2023 Legislative Agenda played central roles at this year’s ECDL.
Despite the state being ravaged by an intense winter storm just before the Day, ECDL’23 was a success! While we are sorry that many couldn’t make it, we thank the over 120 community leaders, early childhood service providers, early educators, and others for attending morning and afternoon sessions, networking, and meeting with the over 60 legislators who joined us for our Constituent/Legislator Lunch.
Stay tuned to the Alliance’s newsletters, Facebook page, and website for more details.
We look forward to seeing you next year in-person on Wednesday, March 13, 2024!
News + Events
Alliance “Legislative Happy Hour”; Reimagining Schools, Connecting Communities Conference; Hunger Action Conference; Join the Alliance or Renew Your Membership!
VTAEYC Kindergarten Conference – 4/4; Support the Farm Bill Recommendations; 3SquaresVT Conference – 4/12 and 4/13
Register for ECDL; BBF is Hiring; VTAEYC is Hiring; Registration Open – 3SquaresVT Conference
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