Become a Member of the Alliance


Early childhood organizations, professionals, providers, parents, and employers are working together to improve the lives of Vermont’s young children and families. As members of the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance, these advocates are working to advance a shared early childhood Legislative Agenda using a Collective Impact organizational framework. The Alliance serves as a supporting Backbone Organization for early childhood advocacy. The components of Collective Impact help multi-sector stakeholders work within an organized network to collaborate effectively on solving complex, long-term social problems. The Alliance’s annual membership cycle has opened for 2020 – join us today

Submit your membership form and payment by credit card for the 2020 calendar year, or pay by check or use a waiver with this online form

“As someone who is at the State House every day, you really can’t get a handle on everything that’s going on, you can’t be everywhere at the same time. One of the real strong points for us to participate in the Alliance is we cover things for each other which is really helpful.”

– Erhard Mahnke, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition 


Alliance members are essential to the Collective Impact effort by leading advocacy efforts and sharing experiences from communities around the state in order to inform solutions to health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education challenges. Members play important leadership roles from serving on the Steering Committee to representing Lead Organizations and advocating on behalf of children and families at key times during the policymaking process. 

Membership in the Alliance for 2020 is open as of November 1st. New and returning members can join the Alliance’s list of early childhood organizations, professionals, providers, parents, and employers that will work together during the 2020 Legislative Session to improve public policies that impact young children from birth to age eight. Scroll below to read about the benefits of being a member.

You can join or renew your membership by submitting a membership form and payment in the Non-Profit/Association/Business Member category for $75 or as an Individual Member for $20. Membership dues waivers can be requested from Charlie Gliserman at

The Alliance is a program of the Vermont Community Loan Fund which is a Section 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Therefore, your membership donation may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.

Submit your membership form and payment by credit card for the 2020 calendar year or pay by check or apply a waiver with this online form. 

“There’s a real strength in having multiple organizations together at the table.”

– Sarah Kenney, Let’s Grow Kids 


In addition to members, the Alliance works in collaboration with several strategic partners. These can be agencies or departments of state government, advisory groups formed by state action, and funder entities. These groups are eligible to apply to be non-dues-paying, non-voting Strategic Partners of the Alliance. 

Becoming a strategic partner is a visible recognition of shared goals and good-will partnership on policy making efforts. Alliance staff and members acknowledge important relationships with Strategic Partners on early childhood issues during the legislative session through information exchanges, cooperative monitoring of issues being deliberated by legislators, and discussions about policy development. Applications are accepted through the online form and questions can be emailed to Charlie Gliserman at

“The Alliance staff are masters at letting you know what you need to do, when. Whether it’s getting on calls or getting the email briefs, it’s immensely helpful.”

– Judy Pransky, Emerson Falls Playcare


As an Alliance member, you’ll receive weekly Alliance updates that include the latest news, calls to action, and events related to the priority issues on the annual Alliance Legislative Agenda.

In addition to staying informed, there are always actions you can take to advocate for children, families, and the profession:

  • Learn about Early Childhood Issues – Read the annual Legislative Agenda, background information on all of the priority issues, and learn of ways to get involved on the Alliance’s website and through regular email communications. Find day-to-day news on Facebook.
  • Receive Advocacy Support from Staff – Work with staff to strengthen skills and effectively communicate when telling your story to policymakers.
  • Advocate with the Steering Committee and Lead Organizations – As a member of the Alliance, you are eligible to elect and be elected to the Alliance Steering Committee, as well as serve on Issue Working Groups.
  • Register for Early Childhood Day at the Legislature – Join this annual day of education, networking, and advocacy at the Vermont State House with hundreds of advocates and policymakers from around the state.
  • Attend the Annual Membership Meeting – Join this annual opportunity to reflect on our advocacy accomplishments and plan for the year ahead.

Thank you for your commitment to the Alliance’s common purpose and decision making, which amplifies the early childhood voice and influences public policy making in order to realize the promise of every Vermont child.

“I attended Early Childhood Day at the Legislature and had my first tour of the State House. Afterwards, I felt so much more comfortable with going to the State House and meeting with my legislator. It made it easier for me to have a couple of meetings there that year.”

– Nancy Bloomfield, The Family Place

Submit your membership form and payment by credit card here for the 2020 calendar year. 

Membership EligibilityMembers are organizations, businesses or individuals who have paid dues in accordance with their membership category or had their fees waived by the Executive Committee.

Are you an agency or department of state government, advisory group formed by state action, or funder entity? Click here to become a Strategic Partner of the Alliance.

Membership Timeframe: Although the membership cycle is November through October, memberships will be accepted throughout the year.

Categories & Dues (if applicable)Annual dues are as follows:

  • Non-Profit/Association/Business Member: $75
  • Individual Member: $20
  • Strategic Partner: $0

The Executive Committee may waive membership dues upon request.

Vermont Early Childhood Alliance is a program of the Vermont Community Loan Fund which is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit. Your membership dues and/or gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes because no benefits or services were provided in return for this donation. VCLF advises donors to consult with their tax advisers or the IRS to determine whether a contribution is deductible.

I’m happy to be a part of the strong and much needed advocacy work that Kelly and Matt are offering through the Alliance. They offer amazing resources that I use a lot in my daily work and in my daily life.”

– Faye Longo, Vermont Foodbank