Alliance Monthly Equity Discussion – “Creating an Internal DEI Committee” – 5/17 

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. Our next session is coming up on Friday, May 17, at 1:00 pm.

This month we will hear from two colleagues involved in setting up and running internal DEI Committees in their respective organizations. The discussion will be led by Ben Green, Business Navigator and Resource Manager at the Vermont Community Loan Fund, and Chad Simmons, Housing Policy and Engagement Specialist at the Vermont Housing Finance Agency.


CDDF State Plan Public Hearings – 5/28

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is a federal and state partnership program that guides and provides funding for Vermont’s child care system. The Child Development Division (CDD) is the lead agency that receives CCDF funding for the State of Vermont. Every three years, CDD must complete a State Plan that describes how the Division plans to use funds in alignment with federal requirements.
As part of the State Plan’s development, CDD is planning to engage with stakeholders and the public by gathering feedback through public hearings and comment periods. Join one of two upcoming hearings on Tuesday, May 28. The hearings will be held at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. Each hearing will last up to 90 minutes. Please limit comments to no more than 3 minutes. You can also submit written comments through the online comment form. Written comments will be accepted through June 7, 2024.

For more information, and for the links to attend the public hearings, visit the CDDF website.


Alliance Annual Meeting – Two Weeks Left to Register!

Join advocates from around the state on the afternoon of May 28 at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich for the Alliance’s Annual Membership Meeting.

The event starts at 1:00 pm with registration, followed by workshops on the results of Alliance’s 2024 Legislative Agenda and an information session for new Alliance members. The Meeting will also feature elections for seats on the Alliance Steering Committee, and a panel discussion about the special characteristics of multi-year advocacy campaigns.

The Meeting concludes with a social hour and an opportunity to network with other members of the early childhood community.

Join the Alliance or renew your membership on our website. Contact Taylor Hughey, Alliance Outreach Manager, at with any questions.


Northern Lights Professional Development Survey – Closes 5/31

Each year, Northern Lights at CCV seeks feedback from the early childhood and afterschool workforce for thoughts about training topics, how you like to learn, and what supports you’d like to see in the next year. Survey results will be summarized and shared with all professional development sponsors and statewide partners so your voice can help inform professional development planning across the state. 

This survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.  Participants can enter to win a copy of the new edition of “Spotlight on Young Children: Challenging Behavior”, which is set to be released this summer.

Complete the survey here. It will close on May 31, 2024.


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.


VTAEYC Nominations for Early Childhood Educator of the Year; Alliance Monthly Equity Discussion; Advancing as a Profession Leaders: Roundtable Updates; Alliance Annual Meeting – Join/Renew Your Membership

Alliance Annual Membership Meeting – 5/28 – Registration Open

7 School Street | Montpelier , Vermont 05602

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

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