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.
House to Vote on H. 107, Establishing a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program
On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved H. 107 by a vote of 7-3-1. The legislation to establish a family and medical leave insurance program for public and private sector employees had previously passed out of the House General, Housing, and Military Affairs and Ways and Means Committees.
The full House of Representatives will vote on the bill this Thursday and Friday. The FaMLI Coalition is encouraging advocates to contact their Representatives by mid-day Thursday in support of the bill.
H. 107 will help support working Vermonters, families, and small businesses by ensuring Vermonters have time to bond with a new child or care for themselves or a family member, and by ensuring a level playing field for the many small businesses across Vermont.
House Passes H. 531, Supporting CCFAP and Child Care Workforce
Last week, members of the House of Representatives voted 133-0 to pass H. 531, the “child care bill.” This is a big win, and the work of Alliance lead organizations and advocates was critical to this impressive result.
The bill next heads to the Senate – later this week the Senate Health and Welfare Committee will start its review, followed by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
H. 531 stems from a number of child care-related bills, including H. 194 – which was the original legislation built on the core components of Let’s Grow Kids’ 2019 Legislative Action Agenda – and H. 349, the Governor’s child care proposal. These bills were reviewed by the House Human Services Committee and core components were combined into one committee bill, H. 531.
As passed by the House, H. 531 allocates approximately $8 million in new revenue and re-appropriates approximately $2.5 million in existing revenue to support expanding the Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP), provide funding for loan repayment and scholarship programs, and support IT upgrades for the systems that run CCFAP.
Join an advocate call on Monday, April 8 from 8:30 am – 9:30 am with the Alliance lead organizations to discuss H. 531 and next steps in the Senate. For call details, contact Sarah Kenney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly Ault at email@example.com.
Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance’s Annual Meeting – 5/29
Save the date for the Alliance’s fifth Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 29 from 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm at the Zenbarn in Waterbury. Details coming soon!
Calendar of Spring Events
Keep up-to-date on upcoming events related to early childhood advocacy and the issues on the Alliance’s 2019 Legislative Agenda by visiting the Upcoming Events section of the Alliance’s website. Find below a brief description of several spring events.
How to Find and Retain Great Employees – 4/17
A Business Strategy Workshop Presented by Sam Markewich, Business Coach
Wednesday, April 17, 8:00 am – 9:30 am, Montpelier City Hall Memorial Room
Workforce development is an important component of the Alliance’s 2019 Legislative Agenda. This workshop will give a highly effective, concrete, and easy to follow method for finding, interviewing, and retaining employees who will enhance your brand, your culture, revenues, and profitability.
Phase 1 STARS Changes – Webinars for Public Comment – 4/30 and 5/1
Coordinated by the Department for Children and Families Child Development Division
Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 pm and Wednesday, May 1 at 1:00 pm at the webinar link below
The Department for Children and Families (DCF) Child Development Division will be proposing changes to the STARS rules. Attend one of the public hearings on the rules to provide feedback. Both hearings will be in Waterbury and through a webinar.
Get more information or sign up for the webinar on the DCF website.
Conference Workshop Hosted by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance
Wednesday, May 5, 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm (workshop) or 7:30 am – 5:00 pm (full conference), UVM Davis Center, Burlington
Business leaders lend valuable expertise to conversations in Vermont’s State House, influencing state policy decisions that value sustainable economic development, clean water, environmental protection, workplace quality, and healthy communities. This interactive workshop will feature the work of business leaders in developing and implementing policy solutions to ensure the economic security of Vermont’s workforce and the prosperity of the state.
Visit the VBSR website for more information on VBSR’s 29th Annual Conference, called “Champion Change in the Workplace and Marketplace.”
Turrell Fund Day for Children – 6/5
Hosted by the Turrell Fund and Coordinated by the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation
Wednesday, June 5, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms
Dr. Junlei Li, senior fellow of the Fred Rogers Center and faculty of Harvard Graduate School of Education, will join this year’s event as guest speaker on the importance of love and kindness in early childhood. He will show how the power of human connection plays a key role in the healthy social emotional development of children and how the simplest of acts can sometimes have the deepest impact. The day will include an update from Governor Scott on the state’s early childhood initiatives, a Moth Radio Hour-style segment for sharing stories from the field, several afternoon workshops, and a networking reception.
Co-Sponsored by Let's Grow Kids and the Turrell Fund
Thursday, June 6, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Orange County Parent Child Center, Tunbridge
The Turrell Fund is hosting a professional development seminar with Dr. Li for early childhood providers focused on how we can support children's helpers (educators, caregivers, families) by looking at, listening to, and thinking about simple, everyday interactions in early learning settings. The workshop is included in the Northern Lights at Community College of Vermont training registry and calendar.
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.