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!

FAQs:

Why have you merged under one name? |

If you’re not familiar with each of us:

  • Vermont Birth to Five (VB5) has been building the quality and capacity of child care, community-by-community across Vermont through grant-making, technical assistance and resource development.
  • Let’s Grow Kids (LGK) has been building public support for increased investment in this system.
  • The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children (PF) created both VB5 and LGK and has been building the relationships and resources for our work to succeed.

We took a major step moving in together in late 2016 and, for over the past year, we have integrated our work. Without boring you, we’ve been finetuning our operations and, ultimately, we knew that to build on the success of our supporters and partnerships, we needed to focus all our resources on one vision, one mission and one name.

 

What does this change mean for me? |

We have over 30,000 Vermonters who support our mission and that means that your efforts—whether you’re a volunteer, business supporter, early educator or partner—are supported by a growing movement.

By combining the voices of our supporters from different sectors, and by combining our advocacy movement with our work to increase quality child care slots, we become a stronger force for change. Our unification will:

  • Foster new opportunities for collaboration
  • Build on VB5’s proven solutions for sustainable, high-quality child care system. For example, VB5 helped lay the groundwork for universal pre-K, a national model.
  • Forge new pathways between the education, health care, mental health and early education systems—a win-win for children, families and a healthy and thriving Vermont.
  • Leverage the PF’s national reputation for cross-sector collaboration, inclusivity and innovation.

A big win for Vermont’s children will lead change on the national level! That’s the impact your work will have!

I’m an early educator who relies on VB5 for support and timely information. Can I still count on this? |

Yes! All of VB5’s current supports are still here for you. In fact, with the merger, the support for your profession is broadening. Concretely, the following services and supports will continue:

  • Shared Services
  • Make Way for Kids grants and technical assistance
  • EarlyChildhoodJobsVT
  • SmartCare
  • Wonderschool
  • Licensure support
  • Timely information delivered to you on social media and through email

Our staff will continue to support your work in communities and advocate for you on the state level. The only change is they’ll be doing so under the name Let’s Grow Kids.

 

How do I reach my primary contacts at VB5, PF or LGK now? |

Your contacts aren't changing, but former VB5 and PF staff will all have new LGK email addresses by January. You'll be able to reach everyone you know by using this email convention: [firstname]@letsgrowkids.org

You can find all contact information for anyone on our staff here.

 

What about phone numbers? Are these changing? |

Our phone numbers are staying the same. We love talking to you so keep the calls coming!

 

Where are you located? |

Our office has not moved. We are still located at 19 Marble Avenue (Suite 4) in Burlington, VT.

 

Will I still receive emails from LGK? |

Yes and, along with familiar faces (Robyn, Sarah, Anna, etc.), you might see a few new names in your email inbox including Aly Richards. As the CEO of the PF, Aly is now the CEO of LGK and willl be sending emails with important updates. We’ll make sure to include “Let’s Grow Kids” in the sender name so you know it’s from us.

 

I heard your CEO recently had twins and is on maternity leave. Is someone filling in for her during her leave? |

Janet McLaughlin (VB5’s executive director) will be serving as our interim CEO until Aly Richards’ return.

 

I have the VB5 and/or PF websites saved in my bookmarks. What should I do? |

All of the information from these websites will be moved to  www.letsgrowkids.org. Starting in February, the VB5 and PF websites will automatically redirect to letsgrowkids.org. 

 

I get my early childhood news from VB5’s Facebook page. Is that going away? |

We’ll still be providing timely early childhood information, including professional development opportunities, grants, program updates and more—to receive this news you’ll need to follow the LGK Facebook page. Likewise, all social media accounts for VB5 and the PF will close. Please be sure to follow these pages for important updates:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LetsGrowKids

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/letsgrowkids

Instagram: http://instagram.com/letsgrowkids

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYlJe4HU62tebirl5CNL3mw

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/let's-grow-kids