Alliance Monthly Equity Discussion – “Managing DEI in Vermont Non-Profits– 2/23

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 hosts a monthly, salon-style Equity Discussion Group via Zoom. Our next session is coming up on Friday, February 23, at 1:00 pm.

This month we will hear from folks who oversee DEI work in a Vermont non-profit organization. The discussion will be led by Denise Bailey, Director of Equity, Engagement and Advocacy at Capstone Community Action, and Maria Richards, Director of Data and Operations at Let’s Grow Kids. They will share their insights on bringing the DEI lens to bear in the context of their organizations’ larger goals and strategies.

Register on Zoom to receive the meeting link. 


Community Supported Agriculture Grant – Due 3/8 

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Grant reimburses early childhood education programs and afterschool programs for 65-80% of the cost of a summer and/or fall 2024 CSA share. The maximum grant award is $1,500. 

Local food purchased through the CSA Grant can be served in program meals and snacks, sent home with children and families, or used in cooking activities with children and families.

CSA Grant applications are due March 8. Contact or 802-585-6225 with questions. 


VECF Grant Funding Applications Open and Information Session – Due 3/22

Building Bright Futures (BBF) has announced the next round of Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) grant funding. The application process is open now through March 22.

VECF was established in 2021 thanks to a generous grant from a private donor. The program is now funded by the Vermont Integration Project: Building Integration in Vermont’s Birth–5 Early Childhood Systems (VIP B–5) Preschool Development Grant.

BBF will be holding virtual information sessions on the grant application and process on Thursday, February 15, at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

To register for the info sessions and find application details, visit the BBF website.


Maine Children’s Alliance Hiring for Executive Director

The Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) is hiring for an Executive Director to advance the mission of MCA. In partnership with the Board of Directors, this position provides vision and leadership consistent with the organization’s strategic plan, policies, and by-laws.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled, but those submitted by February 16 will receive priority. For more information and to apply, visit the MCA website.


Register for ECDL 2024

Join us in person for the 30th Annual Early Childhood Day at the Legislature (ECDL) on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, in at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier (note new date).

The issues on our 2024 Legislative Agenda will play central roles at this year’s ECDL, and we are filling the Day's schedule with informative sessions that cover all of our issues and more. 

Registration will be limited this year because of venue restrictions. We encourage you to register early! To register a group larger than five, please contact Taylor Hughey, Alliance Outreach Manager, at

Visit the Alliance website for more information about the sessions and to register.


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 - Fair Share for Vermont

Alliance Weekly Issue Spotlight – 2/12; Alliance Monthly Equity Discussion – 2/26; Read the VCLF Social Impact Report; Join the Alliance; Register for ECDL

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

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