Like just about everything else this year, the 2020 Legislative Session was far from normal. The pandemic forced all activity to go to a virtual format starting on March 13, and also led to a special extra session in August and September to finish the budget-writing process. The Alliance and its members worked hard to keep the well-being of young children and families at the forefront throughout this chaotic and lengthy session.
Overall, the early childhood community’s advocacy this session showcased the strength of the Alliance and our collective efforts. While many of our Legislative Agenda items saw only modest policy gains, our members worked tirelessly – with remarkable cohesion – to support Vermont’s young children and families through these difficult times. This commitment to collaboration will serve us well in 2021.
2020 Legislative Session Results Debrief Webinar – October 13
Do you want to learn more about what happened during this past legislative session? Join Alliance staff for an overview of the 2020 Legislative Session and action on the Alliance's 2020 Legislative Agenda initiatives.
Following a brief presentation, there will be a Q&A and discussion on steps you can take to support early childhood advocacy moving forward.
The webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 13, at 12:00 pm. Register now!
Meet Our Current Steering Committee
At the Alliance’s Annual Membership Meeting on September 16, elections were held for 10 seats on our Steering Committee. The Alliance Steering Committee includes 21 members, serving two-year terms, representing the issues of health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education, as well as parents and businesses.
The Steering Committee guides the operations of the Alliance and sets the annual Legislative Agenda. The current Committee members, with their affiliations and issue designation, are:
Margaret Atkinson, Winston Prouty Center, At-Large
Ellen Drolette, Self, Early Care/Early Ed — Home-Based
Deb Gass, Vermont Head Start Association, Family Support
Sarah Kenney, Let’s Grow Kids, At-Large
Faye Mack, Hunger Free Vermont, Food Security
Pam McCarthy, Vermont Family Network, Health
Tabitha McGlynn, Self, Health
Holly Morehouse, Vermont Afterschool, Early Care/Early Ed — Afterschool
Floyd Nease, Parent Child Center Network, Family Support
Morgan Nichols, Main Street Alliance-VT, Business
Diane Nichols-Fleming, Self, Early Care/Early Ed — Public K-3
Barbara Petrie, Vermont Community Loan Fund, Fiscal Sponsor
Judy Pransky, Emerson Falls Playcare, Early Care/Early Ed — Center-Based
Sonja Raymond, Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children, At-Large
Sarah Teel, Voices for Vermont’s Children, Economic Security
Joanna VonCulin, Self, Parents
Mary Zentara, Self, Parents
The Executive Committee assists the Executive Director in managing the day-to-day affairs of the Alliance, and conducts other duties as identified by the Steering Committee. Members of the Executive Committee are Margaret Atkinson (Chair), Faye Mack (Vice Chair), Tabitha McGlynn (Secretary), Barbara Petrie (Treasurer), and Diane Nichols-Fleming (At-Large).
We currently have a vacancy in one of the two seats representing Safety (child protection, etc.) issues. Anyone interested in more information about filling that seat should get in touch with Matt Levin, Alliance Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Alliance website to review Steering Committee Meeting Minutes, our Governance Document, and more.
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.