This Issue Update newsletter is part of a series that provides more information on each priority issue on the Alliance's 2021 Legislative Agenda. The Legislative Agenda is crafted annually in partnership with early childhood organizations that are advancing legislative policy solutions related to health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education. The 11 priority issues were selected by the Alliance's 21 member Steering Committee.

Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Nearly every working Vermonter at some point will need to take time away from their job to care for or bond with a new child or to deal with a serious personal or family illness. A statewide paid family and personal medical leave insurance program will support the health, well-being, and economic security of Vermont’s children and families, and ensure that future generations thrive.

Last month, a new Family and Medical Leave Insurance bill, H.134, was introduced in the House with 71 co-sponsors. The Vermont Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FaMLI) Coalition stands ready to work with the legislature to establish a strong, equitable, public, and affordable Family and Medical Leave Insurance program in Vermont. The Alliance supports the FaMLI Coalition in advocating for the passage of H.134.

Continue reading for more information on this priority issue, including data and talking points, connections to the lead organizations, and advocacy tools.


Data and Talking Points

  • 10 weeks of paid leave for new parents, on average, reduces infant mortality by up to 4.5%.
  • Women who access paid leave programs tend to stay in the workforce.
  • Ensuring family and medical leave for all working Vermonters will help support small businesses who cannot afford to offer paid leave on their own.
  • Employers in states with paid family and medical leave report that paid leave has either no impact or positively impacts their business.

Lead Organizations:


Resources and Advocacy Tools


Get Involved

  • To get involved, please contact Main St. Alliance’s Vermont State Director, Morgan Nichols, at You can also connect with Main Street Alliance on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Sign on to Voices for Vermont Children’s Paid Family & Medical Leave petition and share why access to paid, job-protected family and medical leave is important to you!

Schedule an Advocacy Training

Schedule an Alliance training for a group of early childhood professionals, providers, parents, or employers interested in strengthening their advocacy skills or learning more about the issues on the Alliance’s Legislative Agenda. Be informed and ensure your voice is heard on issues impacting Vermont's young children and families!

To set up a training, email Matt Levin, Alliance Executive Director, at


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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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