Family and medical leave insurance is an insurance program that allows employees to take longer-term paid leave to care for a new child or recover from a serious long-term illness or injury. It is often referred to as paid family leave or maternity/paternity leave.

When it comes to solving Vermont’s child care challenges, Let’s Grow Kids believes that family and medical leave insurance is an important piece of the puzzle because it would:

  • Give every Vermont worker paid time off to care for and bond with a new child
  • Promote economic security for women and families
  • Level the playing field for small businesses
  • Enable more parents to stay home with new babies, which would help to address the critical shortage of regulated child care for infants

Let's Grow Kids is a member of a coaltion of more than 20 nonprofit organizations and business groups calling for a statewide family and medical leave insurance program. The FaMLI coalition recognizes that such a program would play a critical role in supporting the health and wellbeing of Vermont’s families and communities. We hope you’ll join us in helping to make it a reality.

On February 2, 2017, a bill that would create a statewide family and medical leave insurance program for all working Vermonters was introduced by Representatives Matt Trieber (D-Bellows Falls), Sam Young (D-Glover) and Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford). The bill has more than 40 cosponsors, including House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski, Assistant Majority Leader Tristan Toleno, and Deputy Assistant Majority Leader Emily Long, as well as five committee chairs. 

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FaMLI Coalition Members

  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT-VT)
  • Community of Vermont Elders
  • Good Beginnings of Central Vermont
  • Justice for All
  • Let’s Grow Kids
  • Main Street Alliance of Vermont
  • Peace & Justice Center
  • Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
  • Public Assets Institute
  • Rights & Democracy
  • Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • Vermont Center for Independent Living
  • Vermont Commission on Women
  • Vermont Chapter – American Association of Pediatrics
  • Vermont Early Childhood Alliance
  • Vermont Interfaith Action
  • Vermont Legal Aid
  • VT Low Income Advocacy Council
  • Vermont-NEA
  • Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
  • Vermont Parent Child Center Network
  • Vermont Public Health Association
  • Voices for Vermont’s Children
  • Working Vermont