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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.

2024 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. 

2024 Legislative Agenda Results

The 2024 legislative session saw a return to the State House’s pace and politics of the pre-pandemic era, with budget pressures and competing House-Senate positions dictating many outcomes. The results for the state’s early childhood community were mixed. While two issues on the Alliance’s 2024 Legislative Agenda had solid success, several had only partial victories and others had disappointing results. A number of issues did make important progress in developing their organizational strength, setting them up for more success in the future.

Without question, issues of pressing concern to Vermont’s young children and their families – housing, economic security, high quality education, health care, etc. – continue to be prominent in policy discussions in the State House.

Looking ahead, Alliance members will be hard at work over the summer and fall building support for ongoing campaigns, tracking implementation of programs that have passed, and preparing a full slate of issues for advocacy in ’25.

Alliance Monthly Equity Discussion – “Exploring Trauma Informed Care”

Join a group of peers and colleagues from the early childhood community to engage in sustained learning about anti-racism, equity, and inclusion. The Alliance hosts a monthly, salon-style Equity Discussion Group via Zoom. 

Stay tuned for information about our next discussion this Fall, and please reach out to Matt Levin, Alliance Executive Director, at matt@vecaa.org if you have suggestions for future topics.

2024 Alliance Annual Membership Meeting

The Alliance’s tenth Annual Membership Meeting was on May 28 at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. The event focused on networking and information sharing, and brought together over 30 members of the Vermont early childhood community.

The Day featured workshops, including an introduction to the Alliance and an overview of what happened in the State House on the legislative issues on the Alliance’s 2024 Legislative Agenda, and a panel discussion about multi-year advocacy campaigns that included Sarah Kenney from Let’s Grow Kids, Charlie Gliserman from AARP Vermont, Anika Heilweil from the Fund Vermont’s Future Campaign, and Teddy Waszazak from Hunger Free Vermont.

For a full recap of the Day, visit the Annual Meeting website.

2025 Early Childhood Day at the Legislature


Stay tuned for information about next year’s event on Wednesday, March 12, 2025!

Thank you to all of the attendees and Legislators who joined us in Montpelier for the 30th Annual Early Childhood Day at the Legislature (ECDL)! 

The Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance hosts ECDL to bring together, 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

To read a full recap of ECDL 2024 year’s event, visit our ECDL website.

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