Early Childhood Leadership Institute – Applications Due 9/1

The Snelling Center for Government is now accepting applications for their Early Childhood Leadership Institute (ECLI). 

ECLI was initiated in 2014 and seeks to stimulate enthusiasm for and effective participation in efforts to improve early childhood work in Vermont. In twelve seminar days over six months, participants gain leadership skills and a deeper knowledge and understanding of themselves as leaders and the science and landscape of early childhood issues in Vermont.

The application process is highly competitive, with up to twenty-five associates selected on the basis of their achievements, demonstrated interest in early childhood issues, and potential for leadership.

The ECLI Class of 2024 will begin its training in October of 2023. Most session days take place from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with one overnight per session. Applications are due September 1, including a $25 application fee and two letters of recommendation.

For more detailed information including program fees and expectations, visit the Snelling Center website.


2024 Alliance Legislative Agenda Process Open

We’re excited to announce that the Alliance is now accepting applications for our 2024 Legislative Agenda.

The Alliance’s annual Legislative Agenda is crafted in partnership with early childhood organizations that are advancing policy solutions through the legislative process.

The Alliance’s Steering Committee invites proposals by organizations for consideration during the Agenda-setting process. Issues that are selected will make up the 2024 Legislative Agenda. The proposing organization will be established as the “lead organization” on legislative and advocacy strategy.

Visit the Alliance website to download the application documents and see the process timeline:

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, September 21, at 12:00 pm. 

Alliance staff and Steering Committee members are available to help applicants with questions throughout the process. If you would prefer to submit this application verbally or through an alternative format, we would be happy to accommodate. For more information or assistance, contact Matt Levin, Alliance Executive Director, at 802-229-4281 or matt@vecaa.org.


VT Farm to School & Early Childhood Network Annual Gathering – 10/30

The Vermont Farm to School & Early Childhood Network are hosting their annual gathering on October 30 from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm at Vermont State University Randolph Campus Center.

This event is open to anyone who is interested in strengthening food systems education for VT youth and getting more local food into school cafeterias and early childhood programs.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the VT Farm to School & Early Childhood Network website.


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.


VTAEYC Conference – Registration Open; VCLF 35th Anniversary Event – 9/7; Alliance Equity Discussion – 8/18; Join the Alliance Today

Free Parent Leadership Learning Opportunity – 8/24; Alliance Equity Discussion – 8/18; Early Childhood Leadership Institute – Applications Due 9/1; Vermont Afterschool is Hiring

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

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