Informational Materials for Download
Use these documents to share information about early childhood development and the campaign:
- The Let's Grow Kids Pamphlet
- General information about the campaign and early childhood development.
The Let's Grow Kids Petition
A statement of support for increasing public investments in early childhood.
Tips for Talking to Your Legislator
A double-sided handout about how to broach the topic of high-quality affordable child care with a legislator if they visit you while door-knocking or you attend a candidate forum.
Vermont's Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP)
One-sided flyer about the problems with CCFAP caused by underfunding and how we can solve them.
The Economic Impact of Child Care
Double-sided handout explains how high-quality, affordable child care benefits Vermont's children, families, businesses and economy.
What is Early Care & Learning?
Double-sided handout showing a sample day in the life of a provider as she serves the children and families in her program.
Brain Science Handout
Double-sided document about early brain development and what children need to support healthy development. Useful for any audience.
Earning STARS points with LGK
Trifold brochure for child care providers about opportunitites to earn STARS points via LGK activities
White Papers and Reports
Who's Who and What's What in Vermont's Early Care and Learning System
LGK's and Vermont Birth to Five's report to help others in our state learn more about the system supporting Vermont's young children and their families.
Women, Work, and, Child Care
A white paper (policy statement) co-authored by Let's Grow Kids and the Vermont Commission on Women on the intersection of child care, the economy and gender equity in Vermont.
Growing Vermont's Kids: A Policy Vision for Early Care & Learning in Vermont
LGK's white paper (policy statement) outlining the current challenges facing kids and families in Vermont, the opportunities to better support them, and what a comprehensive early care and learning system could look like in Vermont.
Final Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care
2016 report on how we could expand Vermont's early care and learning system to make high-quality, affordable child care accessible to all children who need it.
Vermont's Early Care & Learning Dividend Report
2017 report on the economic impact of investing in early care and learning in Vermont, per the Blue Ribbon Commission's recommendations and published by the Vermont Business Roundtable's Research & Education Foundation.
"Investments in Early Childhood Development Yield High Public Returns"
Presentation by Rob Grunewald, economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, who visited Vermont in February 2015 to speak to our legislators about how investing in the early years leads to a stronger workforce and greater economic prosperity.
FLYERS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS
Help us promote these upcoming events! Please click on these links to download and print the flyers—and distribute them widely in your community!
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EARLY CHILDHOOD ORGANIZATIONS IN VERMONT
If you’re a parent, provider, early educator or are simply curious about the early childhood resources available in Vermont, please check out the links below. If you would like to add your organization to this list, please email us.
American Academy of Pediatrics (Vermont Chapter) – The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter (AAPVT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the physical, mental and social health and well-being of the state’s infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Balance in Childhood and Adolescence – Offers a holistic program for learning and behavior issues including ADHD, autism spectrum, dyslexia, dysgraphia, developmental delay and sensory processing. Executive function skills are strengthened through combining coordination and balance activities with speaking, motor planning, drawing and painting exercises. Consultations are offered for parents and for early childhood providers needing practical advice about a range of topics. Serving mainly in Chittenden, Addison, Lamoille and Washington counties.
Building Bright Futures – A nonprofit organization that now serves the dual role as the State Early Childhood Advisory Council and the governance structure for the early childhood system, aligning the work at the state level with the work of 12 regional councils across Vermont to promote improvements in access, quality and affordability of prevention and intervention services for families and young children birth to six.
Child Care Resource – Child Care Resource helps families and providers make child care connections, strengthen early learning opportunities and create child care solutions for communities.
Children’s Integrated Services – CIS is a resource for pregnant or postpartum women and families with children from birth to age six.
High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program – High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program – it’s more than just a ride. High Horses is an outstanding nonprofit that partners individuals with special needs and horses to achieve life-enhancing results. We capitalize on strengths instead of focusing on disabilities.
Howard Center – Offers life-saving professional crisis and counseling services to children and adults; supportive services to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities who need help with education, employment and life maintenance skills; counseling and medical services for those struggling with substance abuse; and intensive interventions for adults with serious and persistent mental health challenges.
Hunger Free Vermont – An education and advocacy organization with the mission to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters.
Kids VT – A reliable resource for family-friendly events, activities, camps and classes since 1994.
Mama Says – A community network trying to improve the lives of moms and their families through support, education, advocacy and communication.
Parent Child Centers – Vermont has 15 Parent Child Centers that provide home visits as part of a variety of supports and services for families. Each center can also connect family members to more information and help.
STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) – STARS is Vermont’s quality recognition system for child care, preschool and afterschool programs. Programs that participate in STARS are stepping ahead—going above and beyond state regulations to provide professional services that meet the needs of children and families.
Vermont 2-1-1 – Vermont 2-1-1 is the number you dial to find out about hundreds of important community resources like emergency food and shelter, disability services, counseling, senior services, health care, child care, drug and alcohol programs, legal assistance, transportation needs, educational and volunteer opportunities, and much more.
Vermont Referral Agencies – Vermont's 12 referral agencies share a common commitment to the development and support of quality child care options for Vermont children and their families. These agencies are located throughout Vermont's 14 counties.
Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children – VTAEYC is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s largest membership organization of early childhood professionals. Our nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving the quality of care and learning, improving the professional practice of early childhood professionals and building public understanding and support for high-quality early childhood programs.
Vermont Autism Task Force – The mission of the Vermont Autism Task Force is to coordinate the efforts of interested parties who serve individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families, and to promote the implementation of best practices throughout the state of Vermont. The Vermont Autism Task Force consists of professionals, parents and people with ASD from throughout Vermont.
Vermont Birth to Five – Vermont Birth to Five formed in July 2015 to combine two programs of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children—Vermont Birth to Three and the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative. Through one-on-one mentoring, training and development, assistance in partnering with public schools, strategies for increasing access to care, models for comprehensive family supports, and methods for sustainable business practices, VB5 is working toward achieving the Permanent Fund’s mission, which is to assure that every Vermont child has access to high-quality, affordable early care and education.
Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance – A statewide, independent, advocacy coalition of parents, community members, organizations, businesses, early childhood providers and strategic partners who are committed to improving public policies that impact young children between birth and age eight in the areas of health, safety, food, economic security and early care and learning.
Vermont Family Network – Promotes better health, education and well-being for all children and families, with a focus on children and young adults with special needs.
Vermont Head Start – Head Start and Early Head Start are national child development programs that provide comprehensive development services for low-income children and social services for their families. Head Start serves children ages 3–5 and their families. Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children birth to age three and their families.
Vermont Principals’ Association – A nonprofit alliance of education leaders collaborating on mentoring, professional development and networking while overseeing Vermont’s co-curricular activities.
Vermont Superintendents' Association – A professional association with members comprised of Vermont's superintendents and assistant superintendents.
Voices for Vermont’s Children – Voices for Vermont's Children addresses the full spectrum of child, youth and family issues—from child care and access to health care coverage for children and youth to juvenile justice and child welfare.
Why Focus on the First Years
Let's Grow Kids' two-and-a-half-minute video illustrates the fact that for children, success is built from the bottom up, with quality early experiences during the earliest stages of life.
Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry
This video from Harvard's Center on the Developing Child explains how one of the most essential experiences in shaping the architecture of the developing brain is "serve and return" interactions between children and significant adults in their lives.
The Still Face Experiment
Using the "Still Face" Experiment, in which a mother does not respond to her baby's interactions for a short period of time, Dr. Tronick describes how prolonged lack of attention can move an infant from good socialization to periods of bad but repairable socialization. In "ugly" situations the child does not receive any chance to return to the good, and may experience long-term challenges with social skills.
Learning Starts Day One
Let's Grow Kids' fall 2015 TV ad shows how the lack of high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont forces parents to make tough choices.
Child Care Impacts Businesses, Too
Let's Grow Kids' winter 2016 TV ad shows that when working parents can't find child care, their employers lose out, too.
Vermont's Business Leaders Speak Out for Child Care
Vermont business and economic leaders from across the state express why high-quality, affordable child care is essential to Vermont's workforce and long-term economic prosperity.
Vermont's Blue Ribbon Commission
In June of 2015, the Vermont Legislature voted to create a Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care. The commission was tasked with figurinig out how Vermont can establish a child care system that offers high-quality, affordable child care to all children who need it. The BRC released its report December 9, 2016. Click here to read the full report.