We have some exciting news to share!
Our vision is to make Vermont the best place to raise a family. We need to focus all of our efforts on achieving our mission of ensuring affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025. To do that, Let’s Grow Kids, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children and Vermont Birth to Five have merged our efforts over the past year.
We’ve always had the same mission united under one board and 501(c)(3), but in the past year, we’ve fully integrated our work. And, beginning in January 2019, we will all share one name: Let’s Grow Kids. (For more info about our integration, check out our FAQs, below.)
What does this mean for you and for Vermont’s children?
We are calling for big investment in Vermont’s children in 2019. By combining our advocacy movement with our work to increase quality child care slots and by combining the voices of our 30,000 supporters from different sectors, we become a much stronger force when asking the Legislature for the following policy changes:
Expanding Vermont’s Child Care Financial Assistance Program to increase eligibility and affordability for families and increase reimbursement rates for early educators
Supporting employer contributions to Vermont’s early care and learning system
Supporting Vermont’s early educators with student loan repayment and scholarship programs.
With the support of over 30,000 Vermonters—including parents, early educators, business and health care leaders and legislative champions—all who share our vision for Vermont’s children and future, our mission has become a movement.
By coming together, we will make historic change that will lead to opportunity for our children to be prepared for life’s adventures, for our early educators to be valued for their expertise, for parents to be able to make the best choices for their families and careers, for our businesses to have a robust workforce and for Vermont’s economy to grow.
To help us win big for kids this legislative session, we urge you to contact your legislators to let them know you support increased investment in child care. When they hear your voice, they’ll know they’re hearing the voices of 30,000 Vermonters.
Thank you for your support!
We are yours truly,
~The Let’s Grow Kids team
P.S. Here’s what you can expect to see next. In January, we will:
Retire the @vermontbirthtofive.org and @permanentfund.org email addresses.
Launch a newly designed website (at this same address), which will feature new engagement tools that enable volunteers to connect and plan advocacy efforts together. All former PF and VB5 content will be found on this site.
Consolidate our social media accounts. All Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram pages for VB5 and the PF will no longer be updated. If you haven’t already, please be sure to follow LGK’s social media pages so you don’t miss important updates.
Announce our policy agenda at the beginning of the 2019 legislative session!