The Alliance's weekly newsletter includes policy updates, legislative news, and events related to the Alliance's Legislative Agenda. Stay informed by checking the Alliance's Facebook page. To share early childhood advocacy news with the Alliance to be included in future updates, email Sarah Galbraith at email@example.com.
Legislative Agenda Proposal Deadline is This Friday
The Alliance's annual Legislative Agenda is crafted in partnership with early childhood organizations that are advancing policy solutions through the legislative process. Applicants are invited to submit proposals to Matt Levin, Alliance Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 27 at 12:00 pm. Visit the Alliance website for details on the process timeline and application scoring system, plus helpful links and downloadable application materials.
After all proposals are received, the Steering Committee will consider the applications and work together to set the 2020 Legislative Agenda. The timeline for this process is as follows:
September 27 at 12:00 pm – deadline for applications to be submitted
October 17 – Alliance Steering Committee meets to consider applications
November – Alliance releases outline version of 2019 Legislative Agenda
December – Alliance Steering Committee approves final version of 2019 Legislative Agenda
January – Alliance publishes and distributes copies of the Agenda to legislators and administrators
The Alliance at BBF Regional Council Meetings
In the past few weeks, Matt and Charlie have attended several Building Bright Futures (BBF) Regional Council meetings to share updates about the outcomes during the 2019 legislative session, and information on the upcoming legislative session and the process for setting the Alliance’s annual Legislative Agenda. These meetings have been a wonderful opportunity to engage with service providers and other professionals in each region, some of whom we don’t get to see as often as we would like.
Alliance staff will be attending more meetings in the coming weeks and returning to some BBF regions at fall and early winter meetings to share information about the issues on the 2020 Legislative Agenda and offer advocacy training. Stay tuned to the Alliance newsletter and website for more details.
Legislative Activity on Early Childhood Issues Continues
While the legislature is adjourned until January, some legislative activity does continue in a variety of settings. There are some ongoing special committees – like the Advisory Council on Child Poverty and Strengthening Families and the Joint Legislative Child Protection Oversight Committee – that are set up to meet off-session. These committees include both legislators and members of the public.
In other cases, the legislature has created short-term “summer study” committees to look at specific issues. And this summer and fall, the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs has launched a fact-finding tour around the state to discuss housing issues.
All of these meetings are open to the public, and Alliance staff and members attend many of them. You can find out more information about the meetings at the Legislature’s meeting webpage.
Alliance Members Working Together – Join Us!
Early childhood organizations, professionals, providers, parents, and employers are working together to improve the lives of Vermont's young children, families and the early childhood workforce. As members of the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance, these advocates are working to advance a shared early childhood Legislative Agenda using a Collective Impact organizational framework.
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.