Alliance Equity Discussion – “Decolonizing Fall Holidays” – 10/6

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, October 6 at 1:00 pm.

In the upcoming session we will be discussing decolonizing history, especially surrounding Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. Origin myths are a powerful tool but obscure and distort the history of Indigenous people and perpetuate harmful stereotypes. The discussion will be led by Jeff Benay, the Director of Indian Education Programs for Franklin and Grand Isle Counties Public Schools.

Register on Zoom to receive the meeting link.


“Navigating Your Small Business” Conference – 9/30

Main Street Alliance and the Vermont Small Business Development Center are sponsoring the North by Northeast Conference: “Navigating Your Small Business” on September 30 at Judd Hall at the Vermont State University campus in Randolph Center from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The goal of the Conference is to support the growth of small businesses in Vermont, and to ensure that every small business owner knows about and has access to the services and support available.  Sessions will focus on a wide variety of topics, including those of special interest to women-owned and solopreneur-owned businesses.

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


Early Childhood Fund Grant Applications Open Soon – Info Session 10/4

An expanded round of grants will soon be available through Building Bright Futures’ (BBF) Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF). VECF supports creative solutions to improve the well-being of children, their families, and Vermont communities where they live. These grants are open to nonprofits, businesses, municipalities, and schools. To be eligible, projects will focus on families and children from the prenatal period through age eight.

The VECF Grant Application Portal will open soon. To go over details of the grant process and answer any questions, BBF is hosting two virtual information sessions on Wednesday, October 4, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm or from 6:00 pm to 7:00. Advance registration is required. The sessions will be recorded and posted to the website for those who cannot attend.

Register here for the 12:00 pm session.

Register here for the 6:00 pm session.  

Learn more about the available grants and view profiles of past grant recipients on the VECF webpage.


CDD Hiring for Multiple Positions

The Vermont Child Development Division (CDD) within the Department for Children and Families is hiring for several positions. CDD, and the State of Vermont as a whole, celebrates diversity and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

To see open positions and to apply, visit the CDD 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.


Alliance Equity Discussion – 10/6; First Children’s Finance Trainings; Act 76 Implementation – Updated Resources

Newly Merged Housing Alliance Forms, Hiring Staff; BBF State Advisory Council Meeting – 9/18; Fall Northern Lights Trainings; Legislative Agenda Application Deadline – 9/21


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

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