Public Hearings on the FY23 Budget

The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations will hold two public hearings on the Governor’s Recommended FY23 State Budget on Tuesday, February 8 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Wednesday, February 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Anyone interested in testifying should sign-up in advance of the hearings, as slots are limited. Each speaking slot is expected to be 2 minutes. The Governor’s proposal can be found here.

See the official press release for information on how to register for the hearings, and how to submit testimony in writing.

Both hearings will be available to watch live on YouTube or on your local Vermont Access community cable channel.


Alliance "Legislative Happy Hour" – 2/7: Universal School Meals and Farm to School and Early Childhood

This winter, the Alliance is hosting four virtual “Legislative Happy Hours” leading up to this year’s ECDL. Each session will focus on two issues from the Alliance’s 2022 Legislative Agenda. Joined by representatives from the lead organizations, participants will be able to ask direct questions and hear a brief legislative update regarding the issues. 

The next session will be held Monday, February 7 from 3:30 to 4:15 pm. It will focus on two topics – Universal School Meals and Farm to School and Early Childhood. 

Hosted by Teddy Waszazak from Hunger Free VT and Cynthia Greene from the VT Farm to School and Early Childhood Network, this session is a great opportunity to learn more about child nutrition policies, understand the advocacy efforts to secure funding, and receive an update on where these policies stand in the Legislature. 

Click here to register through Zoom.


Nominations Open For SNA-VT Award – Deadline 2/7

The School Nutrition Association (SNA-VT) and Hunger Free Vermont are teaming up to recognize outstanding school nutrition and school professionals who do amazing things related to feeding students in school. There are four categories for awards that include supervised staff, managers and directors, advocacy efforts in school nutrition policy and practice, and administration and leadership.

Awards will be presented to winners at the SNA-VT Virtual Spring Conference on March 24.

The deadline to submit a nomination is February 7. For more information, visit the SNA-VT website


VTAEYC TEACH Scholarship Information Sessions

The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC) and TEACH Early Childhood Vermont will hold multiple information sessions beginning on February 7 and continuing throughout the month of February about the scholarship options that are offered for early childhood educators.

These webinars will focus on each scholarship model: Bachelor's degree, Associate degree, Licensure/Endorsement credential, and the Apprenticeship program.

For more information and to register, visit the VTAEYC 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.


Issue Update - Universal School Meals

Register for ECDL; Legislature, Advocates Begin Consideration of Governor’s Recommended FY23 Budget; Vermont Early Childhood Fund Grant Awardees; LGK Policy Briefings – 1/27; Alliance Members Hiring

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

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