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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

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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, January 27 at 1:00 pm.

This month’s session, “Talking about Activism in the Classroom,” will be facilitated by Vicky Senni, director of Turtle Island Children’s Center, a nature- and play-based early childhood center in Montpelier. Vicky has been an activist for social change for over a decade – specifically in the fields of education, food/nutrition, and labor rights – and a longtime participant in the SPARK Teacher Education Institute, helping educators integrate social justice concepts within the curriculum. This Equity Salon will focus on talking about activism in the classroom, how to involve children, and the role that we as parents and educators have in the building of a better world for all humans and living things. 

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

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

Registration is Open for Early Childhood Day at the Legislature!

Join us in person for the 29th Annual Early Childhood Day at the Legislature (ECDL) on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Montpelier! The issues on our 2023 Legislative Agenda will play central roles at this year’s ECDL.

Join the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance, early childhood professionals, parents, employers, and policymakers in person to:

  • Meet with legislators about early childhood issues
  • Attend workshops on current topics
  • Take action at the State House
  • Network and exchange information

Scholarships and professional development will be available. Contact Taylor Hughey, Alliance Outreach Manager, at taylor@vecaa.org with any questions.  

Save the date and stay tuned to the Alliance’s newslettersFacebook page, and website for more details.

We look forward to seeing you in-person on 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