Vermont's Campaign to Improve the Quality of Early Care and Education
Vermont's future prosperity depends on our ability to provide our youngest children with what they need to thrive today and become the adults who will strengthen our communities and economy. Research shows links between the quality of care and healthy child development. Low wages and few benefits, however, contribute to high turnover among early childhood educators and limit providers' ability to invest in professional education, both of which undermine children's healthy development.
Since August of 2010, the Kids Are Priority One Coalition's Quality Matters Campaign has focused on improving the quality of early care and education services in family child care homes, early care and education centers, and preschool programs.
2012 Child Care Licensor Recommendation
As a result of testimony given by Kids Are Priority One Coalition advocates on Early Childhood Day at the Legislature (March 14), the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Health and Welfare Committee wrote a joint letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee in support of the Coalition's call for funding for two more licensors to be added to the FY13 budget. The letter stated: "The Kids are Priority One group has requested that the Senate appropriate $116,660 in the FY13 budget to add two childcare licensor positions to the Child Development Division's licensing unit, a division of the Department for Children and Families. The Senate committees on Health and Welfare and Education support this request." Click here to read the letter.
Quality Matters Toolkit
Click here to access a toolkit of written materials on the issue of quality early care and education. The following documents are useful for learning more about the Quality Matters Campaign, planning events and talking to legislators and community leaders about the importance of quality.
- Policy Brief (to be uploaded soon)
- Overview of Quality in Early Care and Education (Vermont)
- Resource List
- Early Childhood Messaging (introductory & expanded)
- Talking Points: Use to prepare a presentation, write a letter to the editor, craft an email to a legislator, etc.
- Leave-Behind Quality Card (to be uploaded soon)
- Phone Script for Turning Out Legislators to Events
- Harvard's Center on the Developing Child's In Brief Series