2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released

Voices for Vermont’s Children has partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to release the 2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book, a national and state-by-state project which presents national and state data from 16 indicators in four domains — economic well-being, education, health, and family and community factors — and ranks the states according to how children are faring.

This year’s report found that while Vermont ranked fifth in child well-being, children in Vermont are in the midst of a mental health crisis, struggling with anxiety and depression at unprecedented levels. The ‘22 report spotlights youth mental health, concurring with a recent assessment by the U.S. Surgeon General that conditions amount to a youth “mental health pandemic.”

Read a full review of the report and the Vermont data from Voices for Vermont’s Children here.


2022 BBF Family Needs Assessment Survey Now Open

The Building Bright Futures’ Families and Communities Committee has officially launched their 2022 Early Childhood Family Needs Assessment. This anonymous survey was developed to gather feedback from Vermont families with young children under age nine on their experiences accessing services and support within the state’s early childhood system. The data gathered will be used to inform policy and decision-making in Vermont’s early childhood system.

If you are the primary caretaker of a young child, please consider taking a few minutes to complete this important survey.


VCLF Launches Justice Forward Fund

The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) has launched the Justice Forward Fund, a new financing and business assistance resource for Black, Indigenous, and Vermonters of Color (BIPOC Vermonters). 

The Fund features the lowest borrower interest rates in VCLF’s portfolio of loan programs and works to eliminate many of the most common barriers to capital access. These loans are aimed at serving Vermonters who have been traditionally, systemically, and generationally excluded from financial markets and services, including BIPOC Vermonters and New Americans, in order to benefit Vermonters who have not yet had the opportunity to build wealth.

For more information, visit the VCLF website.


Save the Date for the VAHC Annual Membership Meeting – 9/21

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) is holding its Annual Meeting on September 21. The meeting will include presentations by Vermont legislators, housing advocates, and more.

More information and details about registration will be released soon on the VAHC 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.


The Alliance is Hiring – Applications due 8/24; 2022 Walk for Children – 10/1; Northern Lights Fall Fundamentals Training – Begins 8/22

Alliance Equity Discussion – Creating Welcoming Environments for All Students – 8/26 at 1 pm; VTAEYC Conference Registration Open; Universal School Meals and School Meals Applications; VTAEYC Launches The Exchange

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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