Introducing the Alliance’s New Public Engagement Director – Dan Brown

The Alliance is pleased to announce that this week Dan Brown has joined our staff as our new Public Engagement Director. 

Before joining the Alliance, Dan worked on the Zuckerman for Governor and Sanders for President campaigns.  Prior to that, Dan worked for many years in various capacities with the VT Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), where he directed the summer canvassing operation, coordinated major donor campaigns, and supported various advocacy campaigns in the legislature.    

Since graduating from UVM , Dan has been involved in legislative advocacy and community organizing efforts throughout Vermont, helping locally with efforts in Burlington and volunteering with statewide progressive groups. Dan is passionate about helping people find the power of their voice and developing the tools they need to be effective advocates. 

Please join us in welcoming Dan to our team! Visit our website for a full bio and contact information.


Legislative Update and Events – ’21-’22 Session Convenes Today

The Legislature is set to reconvene today, January 6. The session is expected to be remote through the spring. In some ways, a remote Legislature allows for more public access – committee meetings are live-streamed as well as available later on YouTube, and anyone can tune in. You can find the weekly schedule and ways to access the meetings on the Legislature’s webpage. As always, note this schedule changes often.

Alliance staff are working with our partners to monitor these legislative discussions and support advocacy throughout the session. Please let us know what we can do to help you stay involved in events at the State House.

A few legislative events have been scheduled already, and our friends at Action Circles have put together a Legislative Breakfast and Public Events resource that will be updated as new events are announced.

Upcoming Events

  • Building Bright Futures: How Are Vermont's Young Children and Families Briefing – 1/11, 1:30 pm

Join Building Bright Futures (BBF) on January 11 at 1:30 pm for a briefing on the state of Vermont’s young children and families. BBF Executive Director Dr. Morgan Crossman and the State Advisory Council (SAC) will be joined by Governor Scott and Senator Balint to share highlights from BBF’s 2020 “How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families?” report as well as a presentation of the '21 SAC Policy Recommendations.

Click here to register

  • Let's Grow Kids: Virtual 2021 Policy Priorities Briefing – 1/12, 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Join Let’s Grow Kids (LGK) for their virtual 2021 Policy Priorities briefing with CEO Aly Richards and LGK staff. Hear the details of LGK’s 2021 policy priorities and learn more about next steps and how to take action together.

Click here to register for the 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm briefing

Click here to register for the 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm briefing


Special Accommodation Grant Opportunity – Deadline 1/14

The Child Development Division is seeking to award Special Accommodation Grants to Vermont Licensed Specialized Child Care Programs to support a child or children’s safe and successful inclusion within the child care program through the hiring of a qualified assistant.

Contingent on the availability of funds, there will be three rounds of application submissions. Programs must complete the application in full and apply on behalf of a child or children.

Please review the Request for Applications for further details on eligibility, requirements, due dates, and instructions for application submission. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 14. Please direct all questions to Michael Schultz at (802) 585-5326 or


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.


Happy Holidays from the Alliance

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