What We Do
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We are accomplishing our mission through a two-pronged approach: strengthening early childhood education and building a movement. We have brought together thousands of Vermonters who are calling for change as well as making the change in their local communities.

This is a multi-year mission and we’ve spent the last several years together:

  • Inspiring Vermont and national philanthropists to invest in positive, lasting change for Vermont's children and families 
  • Raising public awareness about the importance of early childhood development
  • Shoring up critically underfunded elements of Vermont’s child care system
  • Developing cross-sector partnerships
  • Building public will for policy change
  • Identifying and implementing best practices, policies and funding mechanisms that can be replicated
  • Elevating the voices of Vermont’s children, their families and early educators


We’re building care. Our programs team of early childhood education experts provides a variety of services to early educators and other community stakeholders, offering customized technical assistance on programmatic and business practices, Vermont-specific resources and grants.

We’re innovating change. Let’s Grow Kids (LGK) is collaborating with business, education and health care leaders, elected officials and local communities to build a sustainable high-quality child care system in Vermont.

We’re planning for the long-term. By 2025, our policy and programs teams will have ensured that our partners are strong and in position to carry on critical roles to maintain a high-quality, affordable child care system.


LGK is 30,000 Vermonters strong and growing every day because of our dedicated volunteers (our Action Heroes) who take strategic action steps in all regions of the state:

  • Walking door-to-door to talk with their neighbors
  • Speaking and tabling at community events
  • Hosting legislative meet-and-greets
  • Writing op/eds and letters-to-the-editor
  • Hosting rallies
  • Engaging community leaders

Through the hard work and grit of these Action Heroes—including parents, early educators, business and health care leaders—LGK has grown from a small public awareness campaign to a statewide movement and a powerful force for change. Together, we are persuading decision-makers to prioritize Vermont’s youngest children. Find out more about our 2019 legislative action agenda here.

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