Introducing the Alliance's New Outreach Manager - Taylor Hughey

The Alliance is pleased to announce that this week Taylor Hughey has joined our staff as our new Outreach Manager. 

Taylor comes to advocacy through teaching. She has been a music educator for many years, working with students ages PreK through university. She lived in Los Angeles for five years, where she was a professional trombone player while attending graduate school and is still a sponsored performing artist with Courtois trombones. After graduating, she moved overseas to teach in the Shandong province in China as a Professor of Music at Heze University. Following that, she moved to Kampala, Uganda, where she was the Head of Brass Development for Brass for Africa. She has lived in Vermont since 2019, working most recently as an elementary school music teacher.

Taylor holds a Doctoral degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. She lives in Newport with her husband and cat. She can often be found practicing her trombone, rowing, or reading a good book.

Please join us in welcoming Taylor to our team! Visit our website for a full bio and contact information.


Landon Awards Deadline Extended to 10/15

The deadline for this year’s S. Whitney Landon Awards has been extended to October 15. These awards are presented each year by the Turrell Fund to programs that achieved breakthrough status in the delivery of services to the youngest at-risk children and their families.

For the 2021 awards, the Fund is focusing on topics that are being addressed in their Early Learning and Development Exchange initiative: Climate Change and Early Learning and Development; More Than Hope (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion); and the Scope of Early Learning and Development.

More information about these topics and how to apply for this year’s award can be found here.

The application is now open until October 15. Award decisions will be announced by November 15.


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.


Hunger Free Vermont Focus Groups for Early Childhood Education Nutrition Program Administrators; Child Tax Credit Webinar – 9/14; Campaign to Support Women in the Workforce

American Rescue Plan/Federal Funds Listening Tour; Job Opportunities at Child Development Division






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

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