2021 NAEYC Public Policy Forum

Each year The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children sends a team to NAEYC’s Public Policy Forum (https://www.naeyc.org/events/policy-forum) in February.  This annual event is a great opportunity to learn the connect of state and national policy/advocacy and build relationships with your state’s Senators and Congressman.

To learn more or join a Vermont team for next year’s forum, contact Janet McLaughlin at janet.mclaughlin@vtaeyc.org.

Looking to 2022: Our shared policy agenda to transform early childhood education

by Janet McLaughlin

Our legislature is about to return to Montpelier. VTAEYC and our advocacy partners Let’s Grow Kids and the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance are ready with a 2022 policy agenda that reflects the needs of early childhood educators and the communities they serve.

Collectively, we all need to focus on both short-term and long-term solutions. The early childhood education workforce is in crisis, and needs immediate lifelines. At the same time, the field of early childhood education requires transformative change.

Our agenda prioritizes . . . (click here to keep reading)

H.171: What does it mean for VTAEYC?

by Sonja Raymond

This historic bill is part of a comprehensive three-year plan to create an early care and education system that is equitable, affordable, accessible, high-quality, accountable and sustainable.

The passage of H.171 into law in year one provides the funding for intentional pathways, resources and studies needed to create this system over the next two years. In many cases, VTAEYC holds existing resources to advance this system.

VTAEYC is Vermont’s professional association for early childhood educators and has been facilitating the work towards advancing early childhood education (ECE) as a profession for the past three and a half years. The workforce, stakeholders, research, and our experience agree: The quality of ECE programs depend on . . . (click here to keep reading).

Learn about H.171!

Let’s Grow Kids has great resources about The Child Care Bill. Click here to learn more and read about LGK’s public policy initiatives.

2021 Legislative Agenda Summary and Results

Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance provides a summary of the 2021 Legislative Agenda and how it impacts the child care system.

The Legislature’s FY22 Budget included substantial investments in many early childhood programs and initiatives on the Alliance’s 2021 Legislative Agenda.

Stay up-to-date on legislative activity through VECAA and read the summary here.