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?
The Building Bright Futures State Advisory Council (SAC) is Vermont’s public-private partnership mandated by state and federal law to be the primary advisory to the Governor and Legislature on the well-being of children and 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.
On an annual basis, the SAC works with VECAP Committees and the Regional Council Network to make recommendations based on identified needs, gaps and priorities. The 2020 SAC recommendations are outlined below. Click the link in each sub-section for the full recommendations by topic.
This 1-page overview of the 2020 SAC Recommendations includes information on the process of development and alignment with the VECAP.
A well-prepared, well-compensated ECE workforce is essential to both health and economic prosperity.
It is critical to elevate the focus on equity for Vermont’s young children and their families
Partnership ensures families become leaders in designing a responsive system that works for them.