The Alliance Structure: Supporting the Community in a Collective Impact Framework

The Alliance’s advocacy functions are aligned with the components of Collective Impact, an organizational framework which we use because it helps multi-sector stakeholders to collaborate more, and more effectively, on solving complex social problems.

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. This shared agenda is one of five components of a Collective Impact framework.

The Alliance serves as a Backbone Organization in supporting advocacy and advancing an annual early childhood legislative agenda. The Alliance staff work closely with the coalition’s leadership, which include Steering Committee members and Lead Organization representatives, to manage our workload throughout the legislative session and year-round. 

One way that Alliance staff facilitate collaboration and leadership on early childhood issues is through the weekly meetings of the Policy/Advocacy Committee, which is made up of staff from Lead Organizations working on issues on the Legislative Agenda. Claire Kendall, from the Family Center of Washington County, observed that the meetings help to “broaden the view and perspective from your own issue.”  

Sarah Kenney, with Let’s Grow Kids, has also noted that this type of coordination helps braid together all of the issues affecting early childhood. “Because of the weekly policy calls and data we had all put together, it was much easier for us to go in to the Legislature and say, ‘Yes, kids need child care and they need a roof over their head and they need food.’”

Visit the Alliance website to learn more about the Alliance’s structure and the five components of a Collective Impact framework. 


Meet the Steering Committee

The Alliance Steering Committee helps set the Legislative Agenda each year and includes members representing the issues of health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education, as well as parents and businesses and at-large members. Terms for seats are for two years. Some members represent organizations, and some are individual members. This year’s Annual Membership Meeting included the elections for half of the seats.

  • Keely Agan (Hunger Free Vermont) – Food Security
  • Sandra Cross – Economic Security
  • Ellen Drolette – Early Care/Early Ed – Home-Based
  • Deb Gass (VT Head Start Association) – Family Support
  • Amanda Herzberger (Junior League of Champlain Valley) – Parents
  • Claire Kendall (VT Parent Child Center Network) – Family Support
  • Sarah Kenney (Let’s Grow Kids) – At-Large
  • Chloe Learey (Winston Prouty Center) – At-Large
  • Tabitha McGlynn – Health
  • Janet McLaughlin (Vermont AEYC) – At-Large
  • Morgan Nichols (Main Street Alliance-VT) – Business
  • Diane Nichols-Fleming – Early Care/Early Ed – Public K-3
  • Judy Pransky (Emerson Falls Playcare) – Early Care/Early Ed – Center-Based
  • Carrie Stahler – (Vermont Foodbank) – Food Security
  • Sarah Teel (Voices for Vermont’s Children) – Economic Security
  • Sarah Wallace-Brodeur (Vermont Family Network) – Health
  • Dan Winslow (VT Community Loan Fund) – Alliance Parent Organization

The Executive Committee assists the Executive Director in managing the day-to-day affairs of the Alliance, and conducts other duties as identified by the Steering Committee. Members of the Executive Committee are Chloe Learey (Chair), Diane Nichols-Fleming (Vice Chair), Tabitha McGlynn (Secretary), Keely Agan (Treasurer), and Carrie Stahler (At Large).

Visit the Alliance website for Steering Committee Meeting Minutes and our Governance Document, which details the purpose and structure of the Alliance. The Governance Document is written and updated by the Steering Committee.


Alliance Members Working Together – Join Us!

The Alliance's 2022 annual membership cycle is underway – renew your membership or join as an individual, organization, or business today

Check the Alliance website to see if you or your organization is a 2022 member.


Invite Legislators and Legislative Candidates to Your Summer Events

This summer is a great time to connect with legislators and legislative candidates about early childhood issues and service delivery. 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!

You can find legislator contact information here. A list of registered candidates for the legislature with contact information is posted on the Secretary of State’s website. Note the listing will be updated after the August primary election, with Independent candidates being added to the list.


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.


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