Are you a supporter who's ready to take your commitment up a notch?

JOIN A LET'S GROW KIDS ACTION TEAM!

As Let's Grow Kids focuses efforts around the need for more high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont, our Ambassadors will also begin to advocate for increased investments in the state's child care system. Being an effective advocate means knowing how to organize your community around an issue. That's why Let’s Grow Kids has begun partnering with Ambassadors and local leaders around the state to create Action Teams.

Please select the Action Team in your area you wish to join:

Bennington Brattleboro Burlington
Franklin Northeast Middlebury Montpelier
Morrisville Newport Norwich
Rutland St. Albans St. Johnsbury
Springfield Williston  


Don't see an Action Team listed near you? Contact your county's field coordinator to learn more about starting an Action Team in your area!

These teams, made up of Vermont parents, providers, clergy, business owners and other community members, play a leadership role in their communities by organizing in support of high-quality, affordable child care through actions such as:

  • Meeting regularly with Action Team members
  • Tabling at community events
  • Getting community members to tell their child care challenge stories to legislators
  • Writing letters to the editor in support of high-quality, affordable child care
  • Organizing Let’s Grow Kids trainings in their community
  • Connecting Let’s Grow Kids staff to community members we should know
  • Helping to organize and promote major events such as handing out pamphlets at Town Meeting Day
  • Serving as Let’s Grow Kids spokespeople with local media
  • Collecting signatures on the Let’s Grow Kids Petition
  • Registering people to vote in their community
  • Keeping high-quality, affordable child care on the political agenda at candidate forums and through getting engaged voters to the polls

Ambassadors who join their local Action Teams will develop their advocacy skills through our new training modules, working closely with their Let’s Grow Kids field coordinator to effectively advocate for the Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care in their communities. Action Teams will also commit to developing their personal skills as advocates, putting themselves in the best position possible to work toward high-quality, affordable child care for every Vermont child.

Click here to read one Action Team member's story. 

Let’s Grow Kids field coordinators will support the work of Action Team members by:

  • Providing materials, trainings and professional development
  • Providing logistical support with venues
  • Making payments for event rentals and registration
  • Providing talking points
  • Giving regular updates on the campaign
  • Keeping open, transparent lines of communication
  • Providing staff support on drafting letters to the editor, talking to legislators and more
  • Providing real-time information about:
    • Legislative strategy
    • Blue Ribbon Commission updates
    • The timely, effective, strategic actions we can take now
  • Connecting members with other engaged advocates around the state
  • Supporting local teams to inform statewide strategy
  • Convening and facilitating meetings and creating space for discussion
  • Facilitating ongoing communication between meetings

If you don't see an Action Team in your area and you're interested in starting a new Action Team, please contact the field coordinator in your county:

Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Essex and Orleans Counties:
Amie Choiniere; amie@letsgrowkids.org; 802-347-1037

Addison, Rutland and Chittenden Counties:
Shayla Zammuto; shayla@letgrowkids.org; 802-448-4409

Orange, Washington and Caledonia Counties:
Maroni Minter; maroni@letsgrowkids.org; 802-242-0454

Bennington, Windham and Windsor Counties:
Vicky Senni; vicky@letsgrowkids.org; 802-793-2744

Field Director - Statewide
Brian Maier; brian@letsgrowkids.org