Vermont's Vision for the Early Childhood System

Vermont’s vision for the Early Childhood system is to be an integrated continuum of comprehensive, high quality services that is equitable and accessible and will improve outcomes for each and every child in the prenatal period to age eight and their family in Vermont.

The Vermont’s Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP) is the vision and strategic plan for the early childhood system supporting Vermont children prenatal to age 8 and their families. The VECAP was updated in 2020 using a lens of equity, access, and common language, with a commitment to creating positive change in Vermont’s early childhood system. The strategic plan is centered on four common goals, with strategies and objectives to meet those goals. Each goal is aligned with an opportunity to create change within a specific level of the ecological model.

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  • Goal 4 (System): THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SYSTEM WILL BE INTEGRATED, WELL-RESOURCED, AND DATA-INFORMED
  • Goal 3 (Community): ALL CHILDREN AND FAMILIES HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY OPPORTUNITIES THAT MEET THEIR NEEDS
  • Goal 2 (Family): FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES PLAY A LEADING ROLE IN CHILDREN'S WELL-BEING
  • Goal 1 (Child): ALL CHILDREN HAVE A HEALTHY START

For the first time, the 2020-2025 VECAP includes outcomes and indicators to monitor progress. Vermont intends to meet the goals outlined in this cohesive vision by the year 2026, and utilize the BBF Network to establish shared accountability for achieving statewide priorities.

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Goal 1: All Children Have a Healthy Start

Goal 2: Families and Communities Play A Leading Role in Children’s Well-being

Goal 3: All Children and Families Have Access to High-Quality Opportunities That Meet Their Needs

Goal 4: The Early Childhood System Will be Integrated, Well-Resourced and Data-Informed

Physical Health
Mental Health
Development and Education
Basic Needs

Physical Health Outcome Description

Desired Direction of Change
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Bidrectional Relationship
Each goal has a series of outcomes monitored through intermediate and 5-year indicators. All indicators will be measured annually to monitor progress. The way to read this table is to first read through the intermediate indicators column and then review the 5-year indicators column. Indicators are not aligned by row.
Intermediate Indicators
5-Year Indicators