2021 Alliance Annual Membership Meeting Recap

To begin the meeting, Margaret Atkinson, Chair of the Alliance’s Steering Committee, offered welcoming remarks highlighting the previous year’s advocacy accomplishments and thanking Alliance staff members. Attendees then broke into groups with new members joining Public Engagement Director, Dan Brown, for an introduction to the Alliance and returning members joining Executive Director, Matt Levin, for a recap on the Alliance’s 2021 Legislative Agenda.

Matt Levin kicked off the business meeting with introductions of Steering Committee members and staff, and then members approved the minutes from the 2020 Annual Membership Meeting and conducted Steering Committee elections. See the updated roster and download the Meeting minutes, including a draft version of this year’s, on the Alliance website

Following the business portion of the meeting, Margaret introduced Congressman Peter Welch who discussed the new round of federal funds that may be allocated to the states, and thanked our community for our ongoing efforts during the pandemic.  We then transitioned into a legislative panel to discuss our next six months of advocacy and how to effectively engage legislators. It was a pleasure to be joined by Sen. Ginny Lyons, Rep. Theresa Wood and Rep. Kimberly Jessup for an engaging conversation. Members were also able to express their gratitude for the legislator’s support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Small group discussions followed the panel.

Matt Levin closed the meeting with a few final remarks and thanked participants for their dedication and commitment to Vermont’s young children and families.

Thank you to all joined us!

2020 Annual Meeting Summary

REBUILDING STRONGER

The Alliance’s sixth Annual Membership Meeting, held on September 16, 2020, via Zoom, brought together early childhood professionals and providers, parents, and employers from around the state.

Alliance members and staff reflected on the Alliance’s advocacy during the 2020 Legislative session and held the annual Steering Committee elections. A panel of representatives from member organizations shared their perspectives on how the COVID 19 pandemic has impacted their work and our advocacy, and discussed how they are planning to address systemic issues spotlighted by the pandemic and move forward stronger. This year’s Meeting also included breakout sessions on the 2020 Legislative Agenda and the Alliance’s work and small group discussions to continue the discussion started by our panelists.

We missed seeing everyone in person but felt renewed by the energy of our members! See some detailed highlights from the day, below. 

To begin the Meeting, Faye Mack, Chair of the Alliance’s Steering Committee, offered welcoming remarks. Next, workshops were held, including an introduction to the Alliance and a recap on how the issues from the Alliance’s Legislative Agenda have fared in the 2020 session so far.

Matt Levin, Alliance Executive Director, kicked off the business meeting with introductions of Steering Committee members and staff, and then approved the minutes from the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting and conducted Steering Committee elections. See the updated roster and download the Meeting minutes, including a draft version of this year’s, on the Alliance website. Ann Dillenbeck, Alliance Steering Committee member, then introduced Representative Jessica Brumsted, who provided thoughtful remarks about her work with the Alliance.

Grid view of 4 video feeds from a Zoom meeting

We then transitioned to a panel discussion to reflect on the impact of COVID 19 on the early childhood community and how, together, we can build better systems during the pandemic recovery that improve the long-term well-being of the early childhood community. Small group discussions followed. Amanda Herzberger, Chair of the Junior League of Champlain Valley Diaper Bank, an Alliance member, closed the Meeting with a few final remarks and thanked participants for their commitment to Vermont’s young children and families.