Alliance Equity Discussion – Creating Welcoming Environments for All Students – 8/26 at 1 pm

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 has established a monthly, salon-style Equity Discussion Group via Zoom, and the next session is coming up on Friday, August 26 at 1:00 pm.

In the August session, we will be looking ahead to the new school year and discussing how to create inclusive environments for students from diverse backgrounds, particularly New American students. The session will be facilitated by Shabnam Beth Nolan, Executive Director of the King Street Center in Burlington.

Email Taylor Hughey, Alliance Outreach Manager, at to register.


VTAEYC Conference Registration Open

The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC) is hosting its 50th Anniversary Annual Conference in-person on October 13 and 14 at the Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain. This year’s Conference aims to help attendees re-engage with colleagues and re-energize professional practice.

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

VTAEYC is recruiting sponsors to help make the Conference as inclusive and accessible as possible. Learn more here, or contact them for sponsorship options. VTAEYC is also seeking Conference exhibitors. For more information and to register for a table as an exhibitor, fill out this form.



Universal School Meals and School Meals Applications

As a result of Hunger Free Vermont’s advocacy efforts this past spring, meals will continue to be free for every student in Vermont this coming school year.  Even though meals are free, filling out your Free and Reduced Price School Meals application is as important as ever.  

Providing this information to your school helps them maintain free meals for everyone, regardless of income. In fact, schools need to collect completed forms in order to get access to critical funding that makes the program possible. Make sure you submit your application as soon as you receive it.

Check with your local school for more information and for copies of the application.


VTAEYC Launches The Exchange

With support from the Turrell Fund, VTAEYC has launched The Exchange, a new program that aims to inspire learning and action where young children intersect with society’s most pressing issues. The Exchange builds from the foundation created by the Turrell Fund’s Early Learning and Development Exchange in 2021 to focus on the impact of major topic areas on children’s early learning and development.

Through the Exchange's Fellowship program, cross-disciplinary practitioners engage with one another and their communities, creating lasting relationships and resources that support action on these areas of intersection. serves as an online home for the program’s resources and activities.

To learn more, get involved, and inquire about fellowship opportunities, visit or contact Ann Moore, VTAEYC Exchange Coordinator.


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.


2023 Legislative Agenda Process Open

Let’s Grow Kids Candidate Contact Tool; Ethnic Studies and Social Equity Standards Advisory Working Group – Application Deadline 7/31; Schedule an Advocacy Training

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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