Let's Grow Kids is funded by The Permanent Fund, the A.D. Henderson Foundation and the Turrell Fund.
Our partners are Vermont organizations that work with Let’s Grows Kids to make sure their communities and networks are informed about the public education campaign and understand the importance of the early years. Visit our Resources page to connect with these organizations and many others in Vermont who can provide additional information about early development, nutrition, early education and brain science.
Building Bright Futures (BBF) is a public-private nonprofit organization that serves a dual role as the State Early Childhood Advisory Council and the governance structure for the early childhood system in Vermont. BBF is comprised of one lead state council and 12 regional councils across Vermont, who provide feedback about the needs and desires of their local communities to the state council. The overarching goal of BBF is to promote improvements in access, quality and affordability of prevention and intervention services for families and young children ages zero to six. While the BBF councils work to cast a far-reaching safety net to all families, they give special focus to the hard-to-reach, poor and isolated rural communities in Vermont. To learn more about Building Bright Futures, visit: http://buildingbrightfutures.org/. Building Bright Futures
The Vermont Family and Medical Leave Insurance (VT FaMLI) Coalition is an alliance of organizations committed to establishing a statewide family and medical leave insurance program. This program would allow Vermonters to have access to paid, job-protected leave. This leave would cover time to bond with or care for a newborn, recover from a serious long-term illness or injury, or care for a family member with a serious long-term illness or injury. To learn more about the VT FaMLI Coalition, visit: http://www.voicesforvtkids.org/vtfamilyleave/vtfamilyleave_coalition/ FaMLI Coalition
The Green Mountain Care Board is charged with reducing the rate of health care cost growth in Vermont while ensuring that the State of Vermont maintains a high quality, accessible health care system. The Legislature assigned the GMCB three main responsibilities: regulation, innovation, and evaluation. The GMCB regulates not only health insurance rates, but also hospital budgets, Accountable Care Organizations, and major capital expenditures. The Board also innovates, testing new ways to pay for and deliver health care as part of its role in building a new system. To learn more about the Green Mountain Care Board, visit: http://gmcboard.vermont.gov/ Green Mountain Care Board
The Main Street Alliance is a national network of state-based small business coalitions. The Alliance creates opportunities for small business owners to speak for ourselves, advancing public policies that are good for our businesses, our employees and the communities we serve. The Main Street Alliance advocates for economy-boosting investments that support the Main Street customer base, fair rules of the road and a level playing field for small businesses to compete. To learn more about the Main Street Alliance, visit: http://www.mainstreetalliance.org/. The Main Street Alliance
The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s largest membership organization of early childhood professionals. VAEYC's membership numbers over 525, and includes anyone who cares about the education and well-being of young children. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving the quality of care and education, improving the professional practice of early childhood professionals and building public understanding and support for high-quality early childhood programs. To learn more about VEAYC, visit: http://vaeyc.org/. Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children
Vermont Birth to Five (VB5), an initiative of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, operates a variety of quality improvement projects that address gaps and augment existing services to directly support Vermont’s early care and education programs. Its quality improvement initiatives include professional development, mentoring and creating sustainable business practices. To do this effectively, VB5 facilitates relationships between and among providers and families, locally-based resources and government. To learn more about Vermont Birth to 5, visit: http://vermontbirthtofive.org/. Vermont Birth to Five
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is a nonprofit, statewide, business trade organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines: economic, social and environmental. VBSR strives to help members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human and economic environments of the state's residents, while remaining profitable. VBSR advances its mission through education, public influence and workplace quality. To learn more about VBSR, visit: https://vbsr.org/. Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
Vermont Child Care Providers Association (VCCPA) is a statewide, nonprofit, professional organization offering peer support as well as access to information and resources. VCCPA advocates on the local, state and national levels to ensure that the needs of child care professionals are met. VCCPA believes that meeting providers' needs leads to a more stable child care system and higher quality care for children. To learn more about VCCPA, visit: http://www.vccpa.org/. Vermont Child Care Providers Association
The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is an independent non-partisan state commission dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women in Vermont. The role of the VCW is to 1) Act as advisor and information source for legislative and executive branches and other policy makers on issues affecting women, 2) Serve as an educational resource by conducting research, producing publications, and coordinating conferences and workshops, 3) Bring together diverse groups and engage in partnerships to consider issues of interest to women and take action, 4) Provide the most local and most appropriate information and referrals to the public on matters related to women and families. To learn more about the Vermont Commission on Women, visit: http://women.vermont.gov/. Vermont Commission on Women
The Vermont Parent Child Center Network (VPCCN) is a coalition of 15 legislatively designated centers across Vermont that provide children, youth and families with strengths-based, holistic and collaborative services with a focus on early childhood education and prevention services. The VPCCN provides leadership, support and advocacy on behalf of its membership and in collaboration with key partners in order to achieve the best outcomes for families. To learn more about VPCCN, visit: http://dcf.vermont.gov/partners/pcc Vermont Parent Child Center Network
The Vermont State Board of Education is responsible for the establishment, advancement, and evaluation of public education policy. The powers and duties of the Board include making regulations governing: attendance and records of attendance of all pupils, standards for student performance, adult basic education programs, approval of independent schools, disbursement of funds, and equal access for all Vermont students to a quality education. To learn more about the Vermont state board of education, click here.
Partners at a Glance
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