Our Vermont allies work across the early childhood spectrum — education, child health, and family supports — to make sure every child in the state has the opportunity to thrive.

State Allies:

Let's Grow Kids • Burlington, VT
Voices for Vermont's Children • Montpelier, VT
Top Priorities for 2020

Invest in Vermont’s early education workforce by investing in Vermont’s T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program, launching a student loan repayment assistance program for early childhood educators, and creating a temporary wage support program for early educators

Strengthen Vermont’s Child Care Financial Assistance Program by aligning all CCFAP reimbursement rates with the most current rate information — and make this adjustment happens automatically in the future

Increase Reach UP Grants for Vermont’s most vulnerable families to the current basic needs standard and eliminate the $77/month penalty for families with an adult who is disabled

Establish a universal, equitable, affordable paid family and medical leave program

In 2019, our allies helped advocate for major new investments in child care financial assistance and an increase in the state’s Reach UP cash grant to low-income families. 

  • $7.4 million investment in Vermont’s Child Care Financial Assistance Program.  
  • Funded the state’s T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program for early childhood educators, allowing more than 80 professionals to continue their education.
  • New capacity-building grants to increase the supply of high-quality child care across the state (803 new and improved slots in 2019).
  • $2.3 million for the Reach UP (TANF) Income Assistance Program — the first in at least 15 Years — which means 7,000 children will see a roughly 10% boost to their basic needs benefit.

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Vermont early childhood policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice