Recent news reports show that only 42% of Vermonters have filled out the 2020 census, the fifth-lowest reporting rate nationwide. Census data guides local, state, and federal spending annually over the next ten years. These funding allocations affect over 300 programs, many that impact young children directly, like nutrition assistance, Medicaid, and Head Start. In 2010, for each person not counted in the census, Vermont lost out on $2,309 in federal funding, more than any other state.
The underreporting of children ages 0-4 is an ongoing issue. The Census Bureau notes that “missing children in the census affects the community for the next 10 years. We want the programs that help support the foundations children need to be available during their formative years.”
Building Bright Futures Launches #vermontstrongkids Campaign
To celebrate and share joy and hope during this challenging time, Building Bright Futures has launched the #vermontstrongkids campaign.BBF is proud of the early childhood community’s response during this time, and would love to hear from partners statewide and to highlight the incredible work of your teams and the families you serve!
In the midst of a public health crisis, it's imperative that equity remains at the forefront of our minds.Register now for Promoting Equity in COVID-19 Response, a webinar hosted by Alliance Public Engagement Director Charlie Gliserman, from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm on Monday, April 27.
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.