The Alliance's weekly newsletter includes policy updates, legislative news, and events related to the Alliance's Legislative Agenda. Stay informed by checking the Alliance's Facebook page. To share early childhood advocacy news with the Alliance to be included in future updates, email Sarah Galbraith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Steering Committee – Introductions Begin Next Week
The Alliance Steering Committee helps set the Legislative Agenda each year and includes 21 members representing the issues of health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education, as well as parents and businesses. Terms for seats are for two years. This year’s Annual Membership Meeting included the elections for half of the seats.
In the coming weeks, the Alliance newsletter will include introductions of new and returning Steering Committee members.
Legislative Agenda Updates at BBF Regional Councils
Alliance staff will be presenting an overview of State House activity on the issues on our 2019 Legislative Agenda at the following meetings of Building Bright Futures Regional Councils in the coming weeks:
Bennington -- July 10 at 11:00 am, VT Dept. of Health offices
South East (Brattleboro) -- July 10 at 4:00 pm, Winston Prouty Center
Franklin/Grand Isle (St. Albans) -- July 18 at 1:00 pm, 27 Federal Street
Orleans/No. Essex (Newport) -- August 5 at 1:00 pm, Goodrich Memorial Library
Caledonia/So. Essex (St. Johnsbury) -- August 19 at 5:30 pm, VT Dept. of Health offices
The Alliance Structure: A Common Agenda in a Collective Impact Framework
The Alliance publishes our Legislative Agenda each year as a common agenda shared by the early childhood community. This document helps us focus on specific asks for policy change or investment. The process we use to create it is the critical element of the coalition’s decision-making structure for all legislative strategy. This shared agenda is one of five components of a Collective Impact framework, which we use because it helps multi-sector stakeholders to collaborate more, and more effectively, on solving complex social problems.
The Alliance’s use of the Collective Impact framework was highlighted at our Annual Membership Meeting last month, where Representative Theresa Wood said, “We refer to the Alliance when we talk about the effectiveness of organizations coming together.”
Stay tuned for more information on each of the components of Collective Impact, as they relate to the Alliance’s work, in upcoming newsletters.
Invite Legislators to Your Summer Events
This week marks the official start of summer and the season is a great time to connect with your legislator about early childhood. Invite them to lunch or to your program. Introduce yourself at a local parade or community event. Thank them for their work in supporting early childhood and families in Vermont!
The Early Childhood Educators Institute is for family child care providers, center- or school-based early childhood or primary teachers, special educators, home visitors or related service/CIS personnel. The Institute consists of fourteen sessions, with the options to receive a certificate of completion for 32 professional development hours or extend learning with fourteen hybrid courses. Courses may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit or count toward required professional development hours.
Early childhood organizations, professionals, providers, parents, and employers are working together to improve the lives of Vermont's young children, families and the early childhood workforce. As members of the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance, these advocates are working to advance a shared early childhood Legislative Agenda using a Collective Impact organizational framework.
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.