Alliance Monthly Equity Discussion – Welcoming and Supporting Families from Diverse Cultures in the Classroom – 4/28

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, and the next session is coming up on Friday, April 28, at 1:00 pm.

This month’s session, “Welcoming and Supporting Families from Diverse Cultures in the Classroom,” will offer a chance to learn from Jackie Reno's 17 years as a preschool teacher in Burlington's diverse Old North End Community including 12 years at the Family Room where over 20 different languages are spoken. Jackie is currently the Program Manager and Preschool Director at the Janet S. Munt Family Room, a Parent Child Center providing accessible programs to meet the needs of their diverse community.

This Equity Salon will focus on talking about what it is like for families with young children who are new to our community and cultural systems and how educators and community organizations can support and engage families in becoming comfortable in these settings.

Click to register on Zoom and receive the meeting link. 


Child Care Bill Update – 4/6 at 6:00 pm

Let’s Grow Kids (LGK) and VTAEYC will be hosting an information session so folks can get details on what is in the Child Care Bill, how it has changed since it was introduced, ask questions, and so we can discuss next steps together. 

 To register, visit the LGK website.


VTAEYC Week of the Young Child

April 1-7 is the annual national Week of the Young Child!  Whether celebrating this week, next week, or for a whole month, VTAEYC and NAEYC (Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children and National Association for the Education of Young Children) invite you to celebrate and shine a spotlight on your classroom, advocacy, and family engagement activities via social media.

Visit the VTAEYC website and their Facebook page for resources throughout the week, and tag @VTAEYC and #WOYC23 with your own celebrations.


Grant Opportunities from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

The Community Supported Agriculture grant is now open for applications from Vermont licensed afterschool programs and 21st Century Child Learning Center Programs. This grant will reimburse programs for 70-80% of the cost of a CSA or a farm share.

Applications are due April 7 by 12:00 pm.

For more information and to apply, visit the Agency of Agriculture website.

The Agency is also accepting applications for the Farm to School Vision grant from schools, school districts, early childhood education programs, afterschool programs, and non-profits working in partnership within the Vermont Farm to School and Early Childhood Network. The grant is designed to support innovative projects that engage youth in exploring those connections and addressing contemporary problems such as climate change, food insecurity, food sovereignty, health disparities, and racial injustice.

Applications are due April 24 by 12:00 pm.

For more information and to apply, visit the Agency of Agriculture 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.


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