Policy Recommendations
of Vermont's State Advisory Council Network

The State Advisory Council (SAC) is Vermont’s Governor-appointed, primary advisory body on the well-being of children prenatal to age eight and their families. The Early Childhood State Advisory Council brings together up to 23 Governor appointed and at-large public and private early childhood leaders and decision-makers from across sectors to issue recommendations and increase coordination and collaboration to advance a more connected, integrated and evolving early childhood system.

In the 2021 recommendations, the SAC continues to seek improvement in 5 key policy areas originally outlined at the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020 and identifies areas where there are barriers that need a strategy to reach resolution as a step toward policy change:

  1. Respond to Vermont's Mental Health Crisis
  2. Address Chronic Inequities in Vermont's Early Childhood System
  3. Elevate Families as Decision Makers
  4. Develop a Well-Resourced Early Care and Education System
  5. Evolve the Early Childhood Data System and Infrastructure
2020 State Advisory Council Policy Recommendations

Endorsed in October 2020

Status of the 2020 Policy Recommendations

Status as of July 2021

2021 State Advisory Council Network Policy Recommendations

The Process for Priorities and Recommendations

The BBF SAC is charged with holding the vision and strategic plan for Vermont's Early Childhood System - The Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan.

In partnership with Vermont’s Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP) Committees and the Regional Council Network, the SAC sets priorities, and strategic direction for statewide initiatives using the VECAP and up-to-date data. The annual SAC recommendations are developed with input across from over 450 stakeholders through all BBF network gatherings and seeks to identify the current gaps and needs in policy, promote action in strategic areas for the coming year, and ensure recommendations are measurable and move Vermont toward a more equitable early childhood system.