eConnections

published by the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

January/February 2010

Child Care Center Tours Project
Melissa Riegel-Garrett | Executive Director, VAEYC

One of the activities being organized for the 2010 Week of the Young Child involves Accredited Programs hosting tours for targeted community and statewide leaders. [read more]

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Leadership and Advocacy Trainings
Melissa Riegel-Garrett | Executive Director, VAEYC

Have you ever thought to yourself, "I am not a leader"'? Well, the Kids Are Priority One Coalition, VAEYC and the Vermont Child Care Providers' Association believe that there is a leader in all of us!

Thanks to support from the Vermont Women's Fund and the Ben & Jerry's Foundation, we are funded to provide four leadership and advocacy trainings during 2010. We are seeking partner groups to help us make this available in your area.

Please share the our Request for Proposals (RFP) with groups or organizations in your area whom you feel might be interested in helping to provide this opportunity!

To access the Request for Proposals and the application, click here. Applications are due by Monday, Feb. 22nd.

For more information, contact: Kim Friedman, Organizing Director Kids Are Priority One Coalition at (802) 348-9879.

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Challenges for Change: Cuts Begin Before Budget Process Plays Out
Barbara Postman | Chair, One Vermont Coalition

Throughout the last weeks, legislative committees spent much of their time working on Challenges for Change legislation to implement the recommendations issued by the Joint Legislative Government Accountability Committee.The bill gives the administration four weeks after the enactment of the legislation to redesign state government, including the Agency of Human Services and the Department of Education – with 5% less funds in FY 2010 and 10% in FY 2011...[read more]

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Children's Champions Alert
Jackie Sprague | Past President, VAEYC Board of Directors

With the release of his budget recently, President Obama has shown that he's committed to early childhood development and its programs. The budget makes investments that are critical to young children and their families, including: education, child care, health care, and tax credits for working families. The following announcement is from NAEYC's Children's Champions listserve.

These are some specific recommendations regarding the just-released budget request from the Administration, CCDBG reauthorization, the Child Nutrition reauthorization, the need to pass quickly the Early Learning Challenge Fund in the Senate (the House passed its bill last September), and the Elementary & Secondary Education Act reauthorization. NAEYC has a page of links to help walk you through the different recommendations. You will definitely want to look at the Child Development Block Grant. Check out what this means to you by clicking here.

Sign up here to stay informed throughout this session's budget process.

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How are we doing?

Please take VAEYC's quick 2010 Programs and Services survey.

In this issue:

President's Corner
Value of Membership – How Are We Doing?
Please take our survey!

From the Executive Director
Week of the Young Child

Meet your VAEYC Board Members
Melissa Scheffler

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Upcoming events

March 17, 2010
Early Childhood Day at the Legislature :: Montpelier, VT
SIGN UP NOW!

April 12–16, 2010
Week of the Young Child :: Vermont (statewide)
Wear a button that shows your support for young children.
Contact VAEYC to get yours!

April 23 & 24, 2010
NHAEYC Spring Conference
Ella Jenkins, keynote speaker
Nashua Community College, Nashua NH

May 2010
VAEYC Spring Speaker
Champlain College, Burlington, VT

June 6-9, 2010
NAEYC Professional Development Institute :: Phoenix, AZ

October 21–23, 2010
VAEYC Annual Fall Conference :: UVM, Burlington, VT

November 3-6, 2010
NAEYC Annual Conference :: Anaheim, CA

Remember, as a VAEYC member, you receive access to local and national level conferences at a discounted rate.

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Kids Are Priority One Policy Agenda
Melissa Riegel-Garrett | Executive Director, VAEYC

The Kids Are Priority One Coalition recently released its 2010 Policy Agenda. This document is the result of work by professionals, parents and advocates who are part of the Kids Are Priority One Coalition. The recommendations have been developed by issue-area work groups. Many volunteers reviewed the draft sections, as well as the document as a whole. Thanks to all who participated in any way!

Check out the 2010 Policy Agenda here

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New and Renewing VAEYC Members
since November 2009

Marie Blanchard, Laura Brines, Brenda Buzzell, Anna Carter, Mary Drew, Casey Fitzgerald, Christine Gatti, Camille Palance, Sarah Godfrey, Valerie Hunter, Sandra Johnson, Misty O'Brien, Vickie Tredwell, Tresa Williams

Welcome! Or, welcome back!

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Look for the next edition of eConnections in April!