Thursday, January 23, 10:00 am, Cedar Creek Room, State House
Let’s Grow Kids will announce their 2020 Legislative Priorities at a press conference on Thursday. These priorities include investing in Vermont’s early education workforce, strengthening Vermont’s Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP), and engaging Vermont employers. Two of these issues appear on the Alliance’s 2020 Legislative Agenda. All are invited to attend the event.
Universal School Meals Campaign Garners National Attention
Last week, Hunger Free Vermont, allied groups, and key legislators gathered in the Vermont State House to launch a campaign to bring universal school meals to every public school in the state. Universal School Meals is one of the 12 issues on the Alliance’s 2020 Legislative Agenda.
At the press conference, Senator Debbie Ingram announced the introduction of S.223, which would require that all schools move to universal meals by 2025. The announcement received widespread coverage, including national attention.
Anore Horton, Executive Director of Hunger Free Vermont, summarized the group’s position, saying, “When schools offer universal school meals, student learning, behavior, and health improve. Also, relationships between school administrators and families improve. We can do this here in Vermont. It’s time for every student, in every Vermont public school to have the same opportunity to thrive with Universal School Meals.”
Update from the Child Development Division on STARS Changes
Over the last year or so, the Child Development Division (CDD) has been in the process of evaluating and revising the STARS system. The first round (phase 1) of changes went into effect 9/1/2019.
CDD is now in the process of considering a second phase of changes, including changes to how STARS works, and what programs need to do to achieve STARS.
For an update on this process, please consult the CDD’s STARS Evolution webpage.
CDD is also collecting questions on the proposed STARS Criteria and what clarity is needed on the criteria. You can submit input through this survey.
Become a Member of the Alliance
The Alliance's 2020 membership cycle is now open. Our coalition of early childhood organizations, professionals and providers, parents, and employers work together to improve public policies that impact young children and families. Join or renew today!
The Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance is a statewide coalition formed in 2000 of early childhood professionals, parents, organizations, businesses, and strategic partners committed to improving public policies that impact young children between birth and age eight in the areas of health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education.
The Alliance crafts an annual Legislative Agenda in partnership with early childhood organizations, provides year-round advocacy support, and facilitates meaningful interactions with policymakers at key times during the decision making process.