BBF VECAP Summit – 5/23

Building Bright Futures (BBF) is hosting the annual Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP) Summit virtually on May 23 at 1:00 pm. The VECAP is a collective vision of the steps necessary in Vermont to improve the lives of children and families. This gathering will include those from across the 450-person BBF network (State Advisory Council, VECAP Committees, and Regional Councils) to rededicate to the vision, celebrate progress, and inform strategy to collectively work to implement this plan.

The Summit will include small group sessions to explore one objective of the VECAP, share BBF’s vision for that objective, monitor progress, and discuss strategy.

For more information and to register, visit the BBF website.


Landon Innovation Awards – Applications Open

The S. Whitney Landon Awards are presented each year by the Turrell Fund to programs that have achieved breakthrough status in the delivery of services to the youngest at-risk children and their families, using innovative and creative strategies.

For the 2022 Awards, the Fund is focusing on agencies that are directly serving children from birth to six years-old and their families, with priority consideration given to programs serving the youngest and highest risk children. A total of $30,000 will be awarded. Individual grant requests may be up to $5,000.

More information and how to apply for this year’s Award can be found here. The application is open now until June 3. Awardees will be notified and funds distributed by Tuesday, July 12th.


Data Brief on Exclusionary Discipline in Vermont

Building Bright Futures (BBF) through their Early Childhood Data and Policy Center has produced a new Data Brief, “Exclusionary Discipline in Vermont", to document the existing data for children under age nine, limitations and challenges, and outline policy considerations.

The data in this Brief is not published or reported elsewhere and therefore has not yet been used to inform decision-making and implementation on this critical topic. Moving forward, the baseline data can be used to evaluate current and future policy and programmatic strategies and investments.

For more information and to read the Brief, visit the Vermont Early Childhood Data and Policy Center website.


VT Afterschool Program Map

Vermont Afterschool is creating a map of all 2022-23 afterschool and youth programs in the state. The Vermont Program Map aims to support getting as many kids into programs and enrichment activities as possible.

VT Afterschool is hoping to collect information on these programs to create a searchable resource page for families, which the Governor’s Office and other state and local partners will be promoting. Additionally, this information will help identify the best ways to support the field in creating supportive and safe summer spaces.

To add your program to the map, visit the VT Afterschool website. All programs that add their information to the map will be entered into a raffle to win a $500 gift card or one of four $50 gift cards.


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.


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

HFV Hosts “Lunch on the Lawn” – 4/20; VTAEYC Student Loan Webinars – 4/26 and 5/3; ARPA Child Care Stabilization Grant – Deadline 6/10

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

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