published by the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

January/February 2009

Legislative Update 2009
Barbara Postman | Voices for Vermont's Children – Legislative Coordinator, Kids are Priority One Coalition

As everyone knows, the state is suffering the effects of the national/world economic downturn and is having great difficulty matching revenues coming to the state with necessary spending for public services and structures.

Even before the legislative session ended last May, late-April estimates of state revenues needed to be revised for the proposed Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) budget...[read more]

Child Care Advisory Board
Jackie Sprague | CCAB Co-Chair and VAEYC Past President

In 1987, the Vermont legislature recommended that a board be created to advise the Director of the Child Development Division and the Commissioner of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services on all functions related to childcare that are within the jurisdiction of the state of Vermont. With that, statute 33 V.S.A. § 308 was written...[read more]

CCV Implements New
Career Readiness Certificate Program

Nancy Sugarman | Director, Northern Lights, Career Development Center

The Vermont Departments of Labor and Economic Development have partnered with CCV to develop and offer the CCV Career Readiness Certificate program...[read more]

Burlington Early Childhood Program Pilots Legislative Tour
Kim Friedman | Organizing Director, Kids are Priority One Coalition

Dana Steffan and Siobhan Henry-Hooker, teachers at Stepping Stones Children’s Center in Burlington, helped to hatch an idea and now they are running with it...[read more]



NAEYC has released the third edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

This revised edition includes a companion CD and is available for sale at a rate of $25 for members, and $35 for non-members.

If you purchase (or upgrade to) a comprehensive NAEYC/VAEYC membership by March 1, 2009, you'll receive a fee copy of the book.


Click here
for more information about ordering your own copy.



Upcoming events...

February 10th
Rally at the Governor's Office

The Kids Are Priority One Coalition is hosting this event targeted at Governor Douglas. Interested in planning, attending or sending Governor Douglas a post card?

Friday, March 13th
Early Childhood Day at the Legislature

Join parents, child care providers and other early childhood advocates for the 15th annual ECDL. Building Bright Futures and Kids Are Priority One Coalition are working together to create an opportunity for you to bring your VOICE to Montpelier.

"Walk in My Shoes"
at Early Childhood Day at Legislature

Whether or not you are able to attend the day in Montpelier, consider participating in the creation of "Walk in My Shoes" scrapbooks for Legislators. Kids Are Priority One Coalition is collecting family stories to share in scrapbook format, and if you are a family with a story or a childcare provider that helps your families share their story this is an opportunity to participate in the Day, even if you can't be there.

YES! You Are an Advocate!
How to be an effective advocate
Jack Russell | VAEYC Board Member and Treasurer


Also in this issue:

President's Corner
VAEYC's Spring Speaker Series

From the Executive Director
Keepin' Busy!

The "New Face" of Accreditation in 2008

Meet your VAEYC Board Members
Get to know Chris Croff

Children's Champions Update from NAEYC
As a VAEYC/NAEYC member, you have a voice at the national level through NAEYC's public policy work.
Stay informed: Join Children's Champions
Take action: Children's Champions Action Center



Congratulations to Stacy Weinberger of Williston and Susan Coutermarsh of Springfield, winners in our post-conference evaluation drawing.

Stacy won a one-year comprehensive NAEYC/VAEYC membership, and Susan won a full two-day attedance to the 2009 VAEYC conference in Killington.

Thank you to all of you who completed the evaluation and registered for the drawing!


VAEYC Board of Directors

Look for the next edition of eConnections in March!