Let's Grow Kids is proud to sponsor

The 24th Annual Early Childhood Day at the Legislature

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Join Let's Grow Kids, the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy 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 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  To prepare for this day of advocacy, LGK will be training advocates on the basics of policy advocacy in Vermont, the issues LGK 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, Matt Levin, Robyn Freedner-Maguire, Sarah Squirrell, Capitol Plaza Ballroom
  • 9:15–9:35 AM Community building session, Capitol Plaza Ballroom
  • 9:35–9:45 AM Governor Scott (invited), Capitol Plaza Ballroom
  • 9:45–9:55 AM Break
  • 9:55–10:35 AM Issue sessions, Capitol Plaza and State House*
  • 10:35–10:45 AM Break
  • 10:45–11:25 AM Issue sessions, Capitol Plaza and State House*
  • 11:25–11:35 PM  Break
  • 11:35–11:55 PM Regional conversation planning, Capitol Plaza Ballroom
  • 11:55–12:00 PM Announcements
  • 12:00–1:00 PM Constituent lunch with legislators, Capitol Plaza Ballroom
  • 1:00–1:05 PM Devotions, State House, House Chamber
  • 1:05–1:10 PM Resolution, State House, House Chamber
  • 1:15–1:45 PM Rally, Front Steps or Cedar Creek Room
  • 2:00–3:00 PM Advocacy seminars, State House**
  • 4:00–6:00 PM Farm to School and Early Care and Education Grant Awards, State House Cafeteria
All Day – Meetings with legislators, State House
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, VtAEYC, VCCPA, LGK
  • Universal Prekindergarten, LGK
  • TEACH program, VtAEYC
  • Parent Child Center Network Grants, Parent Child Center Network
  • Farm to School & Early Care and Education, VT FEED
  • Family and Medical Leave Insurance Bill, FaMLI Coalition
  • 3 SquaresVT Eligibility, Hunger Free Vermont
  • Reach Up Grants, Voices for Vermont's Children
  • Affordable Housing and Reducing Homelessness, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Children’s Integrated Services, Parent Child Center Network, Vermont Family Network
  • Fiscal Year 2018/2019 State Budget, Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance
  • Advocacy Seminar (9:55 AM–11:15 AM at the State House)
**Afternoon Advocacy Seminars at the State House
 
  • Advocacy Seminar: Policymaking 101 – Tour for New Advocates
  • Advocacy Seminar: Engage in the Process for Seasoned Advocates