Let's Grow Kids is proud to sponsor

The 23rd Annual Early Childhood Day at the Legislature

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Join Let's Grow Kids, the Vermont Early Childhood Alliance, Building Bright Futures and hundreds of early childhood advocates to lobby for children in Montpelier! You'll have the opportunity to speak directly with legislators, be inspired by keynote speakers, network with other supporters, and get educated on the issue and how to advocate for it.

REGISTER - Click here to register for the day and sign up for specific workshops.

RALLY FOR KIDS - Let's show the full force of our support for kids! At 1 PM, we'll meet at the front steps of the State House and peacefully demonstrate that this issue needs to be a priority for Vermont. Click here for more details about the Rally and to sign up.

PREPARE FOR ECDL WITH A SPECIAL TRAINING - Click here for this hour-long training that includes the basics of policy advocacy in Vermont, the issues Let’s Grow Kids is supporting during this legislative session, how to talk to your legislators about high-quality affordable child care, and how to develop an individual plan for advocacy during ECDL. 

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY:

  • 7:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast bar, State House Cafeteria
  • 8:00 – 9:00 am Check in, breakfast and vendor displays, Capitol Plaza
  • 9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome, Capitol Plaza Ballroom
  • 9:15 – 10:10 am Governor and Admin Executives panel, Capitol Plaza Ballroom
  • 10:10 – 10:20 am Break
  • 10:20 – 11:00 am Issue sessions, Capitol Plaza and State House*
  • 11:00 – 11:10 am Break
  • 11:10 – 11:50 am Issue sessions, Capitol Plaza and State House*
  • 11:50 – 12:00 am Break
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm Constituent lunch with legislators, Capitol Plaza Ballroom
  • 1:00 – 1:15 pm Devotions, State House House Chamber
  • 1:00 – 1:15 pm Walk to State House
  • 1:15 – 1:45 pm Rally, Front Steps or Cedar Creek Room 
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm Working Together for Change in Our Communities, State House Room 11
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm Advocacy seminars, State House** 
  • 3:00 – 3:45 pm Regional planning sessions, State House, State House Room 11
  • 2:00 – 3:45 pm Basecamp, Wrap up, State House Room 10
  • 4:00 pm Adjourn 
All Day Card room display, State House
All Day Vendor displays, Capitol Plaza

* Morning Issue Sessions at the Capitol Plaza Hotel (participants can choose two):

  • Child Care Financial Assistance Program/ Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care, Let’s Grow Kids, VAEYC, VACCRRA, VCCPA
  • Professional Development/TEACH, Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Family Leave and Medical Insurance, Main Street Alliance, Voices for Vermont’s Children
  • Affordable Housing/Homelessness, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Children’s Integrated Services, Vermont Family Network, Parent Child Center Network
  • Afterschool/Summer Learning, Vermont Afterschool
  • Farm to School & Early Care and Education, VT FEED, VT Farm to School Network 
  • FY 2018 State Budget, Vermont Early Childhood Alliance
  • Advanced Advocacy Seminars
**Afternoon Advocacy Seminars at the State House/Capitol Plaza:
 
  • Working Together for Change in Our Communities, BBF, LGK, Alliance, funders and state partners
  • Advocacy Seminar: Policymaking 101 Tour for New Advocates
  • Advocacy Seminar: Engage in the Process for Seasoned Advocates
  • Advocacy Seminar: Talk to Legislators in Issue-Specific or Regional Groups