HFV Hosts “Lunch on the Lawn” – 4/20

Hunger Free Vermont (HFV) and partners are hosting a “Lunch on the Lawn” rally in support of S.100, the Universal School Meals bill. Participants will celebrate the bill passing out of the House Education Committee and encourage ALL legislators to support S. 100, which would ensure that all Vermont students continue to have access to breakfast and lunch every day at school.

The rally will be Wednesday, April 20 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on the State House lawn (115 State St. Montpelier, VT). Legislators are invited to attend, and you can expect to hear from legislative champions and advocates for the Universal School Meals bill.

There will be live music, free lunch (appropriately enough), and t-shirts will be available to participants. This event will be outdoors – masks will be optional.

For more information, visit the event Facebook page.


VTAEYC Student Loan Webinars – 4/26 and 5/3

The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC) is hosting two webinars, on April 26 and May 3, to help early childhood educators and community members navigate the complex, changing landscape of student loans and repayment.

The first webinar is with Joshua Cohen, a Vermont lawyer who specializes in student loan debt, and will focus on navigating student loans and the new Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

The second webinar will give an overview of the Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program, including the eligibility and application process, different types of student loans and required documentation, award determination and payment schedule, and getting your documentation in BFIS.

For more information and to sign up for one of these webinars, visit the VTAEYC website.


ARPA Child Care Stabilization Grant – Deadline 6/10

Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) began the ARPA Child Care Stabilization program in November 2021, and as of April 7, over 950 eligible child care and afterschool providers have applied. However, the time for applying for the program is running out. This grant program will be closed to new applicants on June 10. 

To find out more information about the grant and to apply, visit the DCF 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.


Alliance Monthly Equity Discussion on Children’s Mental Health – 4/15; End of Legislative Session Target is May 7; April is Fair Housing Month

Issue Update - Housing and Homelessness

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

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