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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. 

2023 Legislative Agenda Results

The 2023 legislative session saw a return to fully in-person work, and resulted in a range of outcomes for the state’s early childhood community. Some issues on the Alliance’s Agenda had tremendous (and even historic) successes, while others had disappointing results. See below for more details.

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 ’24.

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This winter, the Alliance is hosting virtual Weekly Issue Spotlights leading up to ECDL. Each session focuses on one or two issues from the Alliance’s 2024 Legislative Agenda. Joined by representatives from the lead organizations, participants can ask direct questions and hear a brief legislative update regarding the issues. 

The next session will be held Monday, February 26, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, and focuses on two issues on our Legislative Agenda – “Ensuring a Strong and Accessible Vermont 211”, and “Parent Child Center Network Integrated Grant: Fully Fund Vermont’s Parent Child Centers”.

Led by Beverly Boget from the Alliance and Claire Kendall from the Parent Child Center Network, this session is a great opportunity to learn more about these issues, where they stand in the Legislature, and how to get involved.

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. 

This month we will hear from folks who oversee DEI work in a Vermont non-profit organization. The discussion will be led by Denise Bailey, Director of Equity, Engagement and Advocacy at Capstone Community Action, and Maria Richards, Director of Data and Operations at Let’s Grow Kids. They will share their insights on bringing the DEI lens to bear in the context of their organizations’ larger goals and strategies.

You can contact Taylor, Outreach Manager, at taylor@vecaa.org if your organization would like to co-host one of these events, or if you have suggested topics or discussion materials to offer.

More information about past salons including downloadable resources can be found here.

2024 Early Childhood Day at the Legislature

Join us in person for the 30th Annual Early Childhood Day at the Legislature (ECDL) on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, in Montpelier! The issues on our 2024 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

 

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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