The Alliance's weekly newsletter includes policy updates, legislative news, and events related to the Alliance's Legislative Agenda. Stay informed by checking the Alliance's Facebook page. To share early childhood advocacy news with the Alliance to be included in future updates, email Sarah Galbraith at

Participate in STARS Revision Process

This week the Child Development Division (CDD) sent out an update regarding the ongoing STARS revision process. The first phase of changes were put in place on September 1st. The process for making the second phase of changes has been delayed, as feedback collected this spring and summer is still being reviewed. The timeline now has an anticipated January 2022 effective date for these changes.

CDD is now setting up five work groups to help develop the supporting information for this next phase of STARS evolution. These work groups are an opportunity for more people working with children and families to engage in the development process.

You can read more about the process and the new timeline, and indicate an interest in serving on the work groups, on the CDD’s STARS Evolution webpage.


Scott Appoints Smith as AHS Secretary

Today Gov. Scott announced the appointment of Mike Smith as the new Secretary of the Agency of Human Services. Smith’s first day as Secretary will be October 28.

Articles on the announcement have been posted on the Seven Days and VT Digger websites.

Smith fills the vacancy left by former Secretary Al Gobeille, who stepped down at the end of June. Martha Maksym has served as Acting Secretary for the last three months – she will return to her previous role as Deputy Secretary.


PDG Grant Begins – CDD Hiring – Application Deadline 10/16

As the Child Development Division (CDD) begins to implement Vermont's new federal Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B-5) grant, they are looking to fill three short-term, full-time positions to assist with grant implementation. While the positions are currently only scheduled to run through February 2020, they are anticipated to be extended beyond that date.

The three positions are a Grant Programs Manager, a Contracts and Grants Administrator, and a Communications and Outreach Coordinator. All three positions are based in CDD’s Waterbury offices.

Application deadline for these positions is October 16, 2019, so those interested will need to act quickly. You can find full job descriptions and application information on the CDD website.

Alliance Members Working Together – Join Us!

Early childhood organizations, professionals, providers, parents, and employers are working together to improve the lives of Vermont's young children, families and the early childhood workforce. As members of the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance, these advocates are working to advance a shared early childhood Legislative Agenda using a Collective Impact organizational framework.

The Alliance's 2019 annual membership cycle is underway – renew your membership or join as an individual, organization, or business today

Check the Alliance website to see if you or your organization is a 2019 member.

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.


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