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

Meet the Leads

Vermont Family and Medical Leave Insurance Coalition

The Vermont Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FaMLI) Coalition is a group of organizations working to establish a statewide paid family leave insurance program in Vermont. The Coalition is co-chaired by Main Street Alliance – Vermont and Voices for Vermont’s Children. More than 20 other Vermont organizations are members of the coalition.

A statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program – one of the nine issues on the Alliance’s 2019 Legislative Agenda – will support the health, well-being, and economic security of Vermont’s children and families and ensure that future generations thrive.

State House politics created a complex environment for the family and medical leave insurance issue this legislative session. While negotiations continued until literally the last minute, the House and Senate were unable to come to an agreement on a final version to send to the Governor. The Legislature is expected to take up the issue again in January.

For more information on the FaMLI Coalition, visit the Voices for Vermont’s Children website, join the campaign on Facebook, and visit the Alliance website for data, talking points, and other advocacy resources.  


Help Protect Food Access for Over 13,000 Vermonters – Submit a Public Comment by September 23 

On July 23, the Trump Administration announced a proposal to effectively eliminate a widely used state option that has existed within the SNAP program (called 3SquaresVT here in Vermont) for over 20 years.

This option, called ‘broad-based categorical eligibility,’ allows Vermont, along with 42 other states, to expand access to 3SquaresVT for low-income Vermonters. If enacted, this rule could cut 3.1 million Americans and over 13,000 Vermonters off from crucial benefits that allow them to put enough food on the table for themselves and their families.

For more information or to submit a public comment opposing this change, visit the Hunger Free Vermont website.


Alliance’s 2020 Legislative Agenda-Setting Process 

The Alliance's annual Legislative Agenda is crafted in partnership with early childhood organizations that are advancing policy solutions through the legislative process. The Legislative Agenda setting process is open, and the Alliance Steering Committee invites proposals by organizations for consideration.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals to Matt Levin, Alliance Executive Director, at 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.

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 Alliance's 2019 annual membership cycle is underway – renew your membership or join as an individual, organization, or business today

Check the Alliance website to see if you or your organization is a 2019 member.

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.


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

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