Join a Virtual Briefing on Food Security Initiatives – 12/15

On Tuesday, December 15, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, join Hunger Free Vermont and the Vermont Foodbank for a virtual briefing on the current state of hunger in Vermont and the future of food security for all Vermonters. The discussion will include information about food security issues and resources, opportunities to take action to support innovative anti-hunger efforts, and the chance to ask questions.

Register here.


FY22 Budget Development – Speak Out Now!

Members of the public may now submit feedback to the Department of Finance and Management on development of the FY 2022 State Budget, which will go into effect in July 2021.

Send in your thoughts, comments, or suggestions regarding the development of the FY 2022 budget via the online survey or public comment page

Additionally, Let’s Grow Kids created a sample comment form that emphasizes the importance of investments in child care.

The Governor’s Recommended Budget will be released next month. Now is the time to advocate for the issues that are important to you!


Afterschool for All Grants – Deadline 12/11

Vermont Afterschool, along with the Child Development Division and the Vermont Community Foundation, will be distributing a second round of grant funds through the Afterschool for All Grant Program, to support efforts that will increase access to afterschool, third space, and summer learning programs in Vermont. Grant funds can also be used to serve children and youth on remote learning days. 

The deadline to apply is 5:00 pm on December 11. For more information and to apply, visit the application site. Questions may be directed to Tricia Pawlik-York, Program Quality Coordinator at


BBF Reports Released

Building Bright Futures (BBF) has just released the 2020 Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP) and the 2020 Early Childhood Needs Assessment. The VECAP is the state’s early childhood strategic plan for all things serving families prenatal through age eight.  The updated VECAP has four goals and articulates a strengthened vision for Vermont’s early childhood system.

The VECAP is informed by Vermont’s 2020 Early Childhood Needs Assessment, another significant tool for decision-makers to use to strengthen the early childhood system. The report highlights eight themes including data gaps, chronic underfunding, and limited family engagement.

Learn more on the BBF 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.


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

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