Janet McLaughlin joined Vermont AEYC as Executive Director in April 2021. She has a Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in Nonprofit Management from Syracuse University and her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
Janet’s passion for a more equitable society has driven her two decades in nonprofit leadership. Her passion for early childhood education developed as a parent, a Board member of a nonprofit early childhood education program, and as a senior leader at Let’s Grow Kids, a Vermont nonprofit dedicated to ensuring all families have affordable access to high-quality child care. Janet had a deep respect for the work of Vermont’s early childhood educators and a commitment to ensuring that all children benefit from their expertise.
While at Let’s Grow Kids, Janet worked at the intersection of programs and policy to strengthen Vermont’s early childhood education system while serving as Chief Programs Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and interim CEO. Prior to that, she headed the Vermont Community Foundation’s Food and Farm Initiative, a collaborative effort to fight hunger in Vermont while strengthening its local food system. From 2004 to 2013, Janet oversaw the growth of Cooking Matters, a food skills education program for low-income families, while at DC-based nonprofit Share Our Strength.
She currently serves on the boards of Pine Forest Children’s Center, the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, and Spectrum Youth and Family Services.
Janet lives in Burlington and is an enthusiastic eater, dedicated “all levels” yogi, wife of a “real” Vermonter, and mom of two energetic elementary-aged boys.