ARPA Child Care Stabilization Grant – Application Process Beginning

The application process for the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) Child Care Stabilization Grant opens on October 22, 2021. This grant program, funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), aims to help cover unexpected business costs associated with the pandemic and stabilize operations so the industry can continue to provide care.

An online application and tutorial will be emailed to all regulated child care providers in Vermont in the coming days.

For more information about the grant and eligibility, visit the DCF website.


Rally for Reconciliation Held in Burlington

Hunger Free Vermont, the Community of Vermont Elders, the VT FaMLI Coalition, Let’s Grow Kids, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Voices for Vermont Children, small business owners, and other partners gathered on Tuesday in Burlington for a rally to support a comprehensive federal reconciliation bill that supports the economic recovery and wellbeing of Vermont families.

Dan Brown, Public Engagement Director for the Alliance, represented our coalition’s support for the effort (see photo).

For more information about the rally, read the NBC5  and WCAX stories.

To join the campaign and urge Congress to pass a strong package, use this link to contact Vermont’s Congressional delegation. Now is the time to let them hear our voices!


VPR VT Edition This Week – Child Care and Homelessness

This week, VPR’s Vermont Edition program has featured two topics that have been prominent in the Alliance’s Legislative Agenda. On Wednesday, the discussion centered on the crisis in the child care system in Vermont and the new state plan to get federal funds to providers.

Today, the conversation focused on homelessness in Vermont with Mairead O’Reilly, Staff Attorney at Vermont Legal Aid, and Jay Diaz, Associate Director of the Vermont ACLU.

To listen to these discussions, visit the VPR website.


Join the Team at Vermont Afterschool

Vermont Afterschool is seeking a Communications & Development Coordinator to advance their work through strategic communication efforts and expanded development capacity. This full-time position is based in their South Burlington office. All staff are currently working hybrid remote/in-person schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will return to the office when public health and safety guidelines allow.

For more information and to apply, visit the Vermont Afterschool website.


LGK Action Team Meetings in October

The Let’s Grow Kids Action Network has begun meeting with local Action Teams in preparation for the 2022 legislative session. Connect with your local field manager at an upcoming meeting to hear updates from this summer of action, hear the most recent child care policy update, and plan a legislative gathering to connect with your local legislators in November/ December.

Find the full schedule of virtual Action Team meetings around the state on the LGK Events 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 Monthly Equity Discussion; October National Farm to School Month; Full Story School Launches Podcast; ARPA Listening Tour Continues

Alliance Equity Discussion – 10/15; Hunger Free Vermont, 3SquaresVT Conference – 10/13; Building Bright Futures Vermont Early Childhood Fund; VTAEYC Compensation Report; VT ECE Conference Continues – 10/20 and 21

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

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