EARLY CHILDHOOD POLICY


Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council (SAC) & Process for Priorities and Recommendations

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Click to View the 2020 Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP) Data Dashboard

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.

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. 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 SAC RECOMMENDATIONS

Review and use the 2020 SAC Recommendations endorsed October 2020!

2021 SAC RECOMMENDATIONS

Review and use the 2021 SAC Recommendations endorsed October 25th, 2021!


BUILDING BRIGHT FUTURES NETWORK ADVISEMENT

2021-2022 LEGISLATIVE ADVISEMENT

Link to BBF Testimony Documents

Link to Recorded Testimony: BBF testimony starts at 16:00 minute mark


What are other ways Vermont’s cross-sector partners work to create positive change in programs, service provision, and policy impacting children and families?

Reports, Publications, Policy Briefs, and Policy Statements

In collaboration with statewide early childhood stakeholders, BBF and partners produce a range of reports, publications, policy briefs, and policy statements to inform the Governor, Administration, and Legislature about key topics impacting children and families. The Publications page captures the most recent documents produced by partners in Vermont's Early Childhood System.

Vermont Early Childhood Policy and Advocacy Partners

National Early Childhood Policy Landscape

*For reports and resources produced by these organizations, please see the publications section.

Vermont's General Assembly

Direct links for House and Senate policy and financial committees most often discussing early childhood agendas can be seen below.


Why is the Early Childhood period an important focus for policy-makers?

Impacted by the ever-growing fields of neuroscience, child development, education and family resilience, policy and decision-makers in Vermont, and nation-wide, have recognized the importance of investments supporting the healthy development and well-being of children and families. The positive returns on early childhood investments are well-documented. Emerging science clearly shows that the most critical and rapid periods of brain development happen within the first few years of life. The patterns of development set the stage for future development, lifelong learning and health, strong communities, and much more. What can we do in Vermont to support this critical period of early childhood development so that our children and their families have a strong foundation?