Alliance Legislative Agenda: Weekly Issue Spotlight – Paid Leave – 1/22 

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

The next session will be held Monday, January 22, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, and will focus on Paid Family and Medical Leave. 

Hosted by AARP Vermont, this session is a great opportunity to learn more about this important program, where it stands in the Legislature, and how to get involved. 

Click here to register through Zoom.


Apply to Represent Vermont at Strolling Thunder – Deadline 1/26

ZERO TO THREE, a nationwide early childhood organization that works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development, is looking for a Vermont parent/guardian and their baby or toddler (under the age of three) to participate in this year’s Strolling Thunder, an in-person event held in Washington, D.C., to bring national attention to what babies – and families – need to thrive.

On April 30, ZERO TO THREE will bring 51 families with a baby under three – one from every state and Washington, DC – to Capitol Hill for Strolling Thunder. No advocacy experience is necessary. ZERO TO THREE will cover travel expenses and will provide selected families with training and support for their meetings with their Members of Congress.

The deadline to apply is January 26. For more information and to submit an application, visit the Strolling Thunder website.


New Reports on Vermont’s Early Childhood and Afterschool Workforce

The Child Development Division (CDD) has released three reports related to the early childhood and afterschool workforce: the Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) 2023 Workforce Report, the Vermont Head Start and Early Head Start 2023 Workforce Report, and the Vermont Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Afterschool 2023 Workforce Report.

These reports were produced with data collected between September 2021 and June 2023, and examine the size and strength of the workforce serving Vermont’s young children in three specific contexts.

Read more information about each of these reports on the CDD website.


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.


Alliance 2024 Legislative Agenda

Legislative Update; “The State of Vermont’s Children: 2023 Year in Review” – 1/18; VECF Grantees for 2024 Announced

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The Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance is a program of the Vermont Community Loan Fund.

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