Child Care Campaign Update – 6/14

Let’s Grow Kids (LGK) will be holding a "Child Care Campaign Update: Veto Override Edition" via Zoom on Wednesday, June 14, from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. During the call, LGK will provide updates on the latest surrounding the Governor’s veto and discuss the path forward to get the Child Care bill over the finish line.

For more information and to register for the session, visit the LGK website.


Save the Date for Vermont Afterschool’s Annual Conference – 11/2-11/3

Vermont Afterschool's 14th Annual Conference will be held November 2-3 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. The Conference will bring together Vermont's out-of-school time directors, staff, educators, and partners for a full day of learning, a keynote from Lana Hailemariam, networking, and celebration of the important work being done for Vermont’s children, youth, and families.

Registration will open soon. Visit the Vermont Afterschool website for more information.


STARS Rules Approved – CDD Prepares to Rollout Revision 7/1

The Vermont Legislature approved changes to the STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) administrative rules and cleared the Child Development Division (CDD) to begin steps for rolling out the revised STARS model.  STARS is Vermont’s Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS) for early childhood and afterschool programs. The new model is the result of an in-depth review of STARS that incorporated an evaluation of the current system, technical assistance from national experts, current research on best practices, and feedback from stakeholders.

STARS changes will begin rolling out on July 1, with full implementation expected by July 1, 2024. The first year of the revision launch is a pilot year for programs to become familiar with the new system and for CDD to test new processes. Participating programs will maintain their current STARS levels during the pilot year. 

For more information about the STARS revision, including an overview of the new STARS structure and requirements, guidance manual, training opportunities, and application process, visit the STARS Revision Project website or contact a STARS Team member 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.


Northern Lights Professional Development Survey – Deadline 6/30; VTAEYC Award Nominations – Due 7/1; VTAEYC to Manage SPARQS

2023 Annual Meeting Recap; Understanding New Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool Professionals – 6/6; BBF is Hiring for Two Positions – Deadline to Apply 6/12

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

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