Legislative Agenda Setting Process

The Alliance’s annual Legislative Agenda is crafted in partnership with early childhood organizations that are advancing policy solutions through the legislative process.

The Alliance Steering Committee invites proposals by organizations for consideration during the Alliance’s Agenda-setting process. Issues that are selected will make up the 2020 Legislative Agenda. The proposing organization will be established as the “lead” on legislative and advocacy strategy. See below for the process timeline and application scoring system. 

Scroll to the bottom of this page for helpful links and file downloads, including the following.

  • 2020 Application (PDF)
  • 2020 Application Template (Word)
  • 2019 Legislative Agenda
  • Description of a Lead Organization and Working Groups
  • Description of a Policy/Advocacy Committee

The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 27 at 12:00 pm by email to matt@vecaa.org. Alliance staff and Steering Committee members are available to help you and your organization answer the questions below. Our process is intended to gather information, not present challenges. 

If you would prefer to submit this application verbally or through an alternative format, we would be happy to accommodate.

For assistance, contact Matt Levin, Alliance Executive Director, at 802-229-4281 or matt@vecaa.org.

Process Timeline

  • August – Application process opens
  • September 27 at 12:00 pm – Deadline for applications to be submitted
  • October 17 – Alliance Steering Committee meets to consider applications
  • November – Alliance releases outline version of 2020 Legislative Agenda
  • December – Alliance Steering Committee approves final version of 2020 Legislative Agenda
  • January – Alliance publishes and distributes copies of the Agenda to legislators and administrators

Application Scoring System

  • Issue/initiative alignment with the Alliance’s mission statement and issue areas – 20 pts.
  • Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion – 10 pts.
  • Benefit for Vermont children and families – 20 pts.
  • Background information on policy and legislative process provided – 10 pts.
  • Internal resources available (staff, volunteers, activities, etc.) – 15 pts.
  • Status of legislative consideration of the issue – 10 pts.
  • Collaboration with other organizations, legislators, and/or the Administration – 15 pts.