Alliance Equity Discussion – “Decolonizing Fall Holidays” – 10/6

Join a group of peers and colleagues from the early childhood community to engage in sustained learning about anti-racism, equity, and inclusion. The Alliance has established a monthly, salon-style Equity Discussion Group via Zoom, and the next session is coming up on Friday, October 6 at 1:00 pm.

In the upcoming session we will be discussing decolonizing history, especially surrounding Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. Origin myths are a powerful tool but obscure and distort the history of Indigenous people and perpetuate harmful stereotypes. The discussion will be led by Jeff Benay, the Director of Indian Education Programs for Franklin and Grand Isle Counties Public Schools.

Register on Zoom to receive the meeting link.


FTSEC Grants – First Deadline 11/2

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) has launched its annual Farm to School and Early Childhood (FTSEC) grants. The FTSEC grant program was established in 2007 and has helped grow farm to school and farm to early childhood into a thriving movement throughout the state.

Farm to School and Early Childhood Capacity Building Grants provide financial and technical assistance to schools or early childhood education organizations looking to develop or expand their farm to school programs. Applications open October 4, 2023. Applications due November 15, 2023.

Farm to School and Early Childhood Community Supported Agriculture Grants support Vermont registered or licensed childcare providers by reimbursing successful applicants 80 percent of the cost of CSA shares purchased from Vermont farms. Applications open February 1, 2024. Applications due March 14, 2024.

Farm to School and Early Childhood Vision Grants support innovative ideas that have the potential to meaningfully address emergent issues within farm to school. In addition to schools and childcare organizations, this grant is also open to non-profits, so long as they apply as a co-applicant with a school or childcare organization. Applications open February 8, 2024. Applications due March 21, 2024.

Visit the VAAFM website for more information.


ECLI Still Accepting Applications

The Snelling Center has extended the deadline for applications to their Early Childhood Leadership Institute (ECLI). Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 6.

The program provides leadership development training and support to rising leaders and passionate early childhood professionals.

For more information, see the ECLI website or reach out to Tasha Kleppner (


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 Equity Discussion – 10/6; “Navigating Your Small Business” Conference – 9/30; Early Childhood Fund Grant – Info Session 10/4; CDD Hiring for Multiple Positions

Alliance Equity Discussion – 10/6; First Children’s Finance Trainings; Act 76 Implementation – Updated Resources


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

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