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Today is the Last Day to Register for the Annual Meeting
There is still time to register for the Alliance’s fifth Annual Membership Meeting – but registration closes today, on Tuesday, May 28! Register online or visit the Alliance website for a detailed agenda.
The Annual Meeting, being held this year on Wednesday, May 29 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Zenbarn in Waterbury, provides early childhood advocates with a chance to reflect on our work in the 2019 Legislative session and plan for the 2020 session. Several special components of the day include educational workshops; a special program on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work; Steering Committee elections; and a social hour. Scroll down for more information on these inspiring segments of the meeting.
Informational Workshops (Optional)
From 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm, meeting participants will have the opportunity to learn in one of three optional workshops:
New Alliance Member Orientation, Faye Mack, Hunger Free Vermont: Learn more about the mission, governance, and functions of the Alliance and how you can be an active member of our advocacy team.
Engaging in Collective Impact (CI), Beth Truzansky, Building Bright Futures: Learn more about the components of CI, including common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, mutually reinforcing activities, and backbone support.
2019 Legislative Agenda Wrap Up, Matt Levin, Alliance:Get an overview of what happened (or is still happening) in the State House on the legislative issues on the Alliance’s 2019 Legislative Agenda.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Our Work
Explore ways to strengthen the Alliance’s legislative issue advocacy processes and your personal work through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila will join this portion of the meeting to educate and inspire us.
Steering Committee Elections
Elections for positions on the Alliance’s Steering Committee take place annually at the Annual Membership Meeting. The 21–member Steering Committee guides and oversees the workings of the coalition. The Committee determines the overarching advocacy goals and priorities, largely through the development of an annual Legislative Agenda. The Steering Committee also ensures strong communication to Alliance members and strategic partners and the coordination of effective engagement with legislators.
Individuals or organizations interested in serving on the Steering Committee should contact Matt Levin, Alliance Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Networking and Social Hour
Join us for after the meeting for complimentary food, cash bar, and continued conversation with colleagues and our guest speaker, Dr. Avila.
Visit the Alliance website for the full meeting agenda, more details, and a link to register online.
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.