Alliance Monthly Equity Discussion on Juneteenth and Early Childhood – 5/27

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, May 27, at 1:00 pm.

We are excited to announce that this session will be facilitated by Ali Dieng from Building Bright Futures and Zoraya Hightower, the Executive Director of the Vermont Peace and Justice Center. We will be discussing how to teach young children about Juneteenth and how to talk about race more broadly.

Please email Dan Brown, Alliance Public Engagement Director, at to register.


VTAEYC Survey Results

Recently, the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC) surveyed early childhood education programs about the impact of the current staffing crisis. The statewide survey confirms what has been heard in so many conversations – the staffing crisis is dire and it is impacting Vermont educators, children, and families.

Of the programs surveyed, 86% are experiencing a staffing shortage. On average, there are 3.1 open positions per center-based program. 80% are enrolling fewer children than desired. On average, there are 10.1 fewer children served daily per center-based program. 

For more information and to see the survey results, visit the VTAEYC website.


VFN Seeking Support Parent Volunteers

Vermont Family Network (VFN) is seeking Support Parent volunteers. If you are at a point in your parenting journey where you are ready to support another family, please consider becoming a trained VFN Support Parent with the VFN Parent Matching Program. The Program includes a three-hour, interactive Zoom training that will give you the skills, knowledge, and confidence you need to support other parents, all from the comfort of your own home!

The next training opportunity will be held virtually in two parts: Wednesday, May 18 and Wednesday, May 25, from 6 to 7:30 pm each night. Interested parents should fill out this application.

After receiving your application, VFN will reach out with Zoom registration details. Please email with any questions.


Volunteers Needed for STARS Revision Stakeholder Group – Deadline 5/11

The Child Development Division (CDD) is looking for volunteers to participate in a STARS Revision Stakeholder Group. The Group will collect feedback and reactions to a proposed, restructured, and revised STARS, Vermont's Quality Recognition Improvement System.

For more information on scheduling and to fill out the interest form, visit the CDD website. The deadline to complete the form is close of business on May 11.


Join the Alliance

Alliance members are committed to a common purpose – working together to amplify early childhood voices and influence policy making in order to realize the promise of every Vermont child. We are grateful for the work of our members who advanced our vision this year. We hope you will join us to build on the past year’s efforts and support several new initiatives.

You can join or renew your annual membership online today. If you have questions, please contact the Alliance’s Outreach Manager Taylor Hughey at


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.


BBF VECAP Summit – 5/23; Landon Innovation Awards – Applications Open; Data Brief on Exclusionary Discipline in Vermont; VT Afterschool Program Map

VBSR Hosts ‘Vermont’s Declaration of Inclusion: Why it Matters & What it Means for Your Organization’ – 4/26; LGK Hosts ‘Child Care is Everyone’s Business Press Event’ – 4/27; BBF Systems Analysis Survey – Deadline 5/5

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

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