Steven Berbeco Announced as New Deputy Commissioner of the Child Development Division
In a press release on February 7, Governor Scott announced the appointment of Steven Berbeco as the Deputy Commissioner of the Department for Children and Families’ (DCF) Child Development Division, which leads the department’s child care and early learning work. Mr. Berbeco has worked in education, administration, and linguistics, and was most recently the Superintendent for a school in Arizona. He begins his appointment in Vermont this week.
Building Bright Futures to Share UPK Findings
In a public webinar on Friday, February 14 at 1:00 pm, Building Bright Futures (BBF) will discuss the outcomes from the Universal Pre-K forums they hosted across the state this winter. These forums engaged educators, parents, and other stakeholders in discussion about UPK administration in Vermont. Before releasing a written report on their findings, BBF is hosting a webinar to outline the findings. No RSVP is necessary. Use the meeting link to join the webinar.
Public Budget Hearings Across Vermont
On Monday, February 10, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees gathered public input on the Governor’s recommended FY21 State Budget. Many people advocated for issues on the Alliance’s 2020 Legislative Agenda. Pictured above at the Barre public hearing is Claire Kendall of the Family Center of Washington County, testifying in support of funding for Parent Child Centers around the state.
Afterschool and Summer Learning Day at the Statehouse – 2/13
Hosted by Vermont Afterschool
Thursday, February 13, 8 am – 2 pm
Join Vermont Afterschool at the State House on Thursday, February 13 to show your support for afterschool and expanded learning programming in Vermont. Participants will meet with legislators independently, gain experience communicating the value of afterschool, advocate for statewide funding for afterschool and summer learning programs, and celebrate youth voice.
For more information and to register, visit Vermont Afterschool’s 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.