New Advisors to Vermont Commission on Women: Vermont Early Childhood Alliance and Let's Grow Kids

Issued 4/27/17
(Montpelier) – The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) recently announced the addition of the Vermont Early Childhood Alliance and Let's Grow Kids to its Advisory Council.  The Council is made up of organizations whose interests align with the Commission’s mission to advance rights and opportunities for Vermont women and girls.

“Lack of affordable child care is often an obstacle to women working full-time and to achieving higher earnings.  We know that working women are significantly more likely than men to live in poverty, in part because they often have the main responsibility for the care of young children.  Increasing access to high-quality, affordable child care is a key strategy to helping Vermont women stay and thrive in the workforce,” said Let’s Grow Kids Campaign Director Robyn Freedner-Maguire.  Let’s Grow Kids is a statewide campaign about the need for more high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont to better support children, families, communities and economy. The campaign’s goal is to gain public support for increased, sustainable investment that gives all children the chance to reach their full potential.

The Vermont Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide, independent advocacy coalition of parents, community members, organizations, and early childhood providers committed to improving public policies that impact young children between the ages of birth and eight in the areas of health, safety, food and economic security and early care and education.  To achieve this goal, the Alliance creates an annual legislative agenda in partnership with organizations and provides advocacy support in communications and community organizing.

“As a statewide commission, one of our roles is to act as the spoke of the networking wheel on topics related to improving the status of women and girls.  Having an established ongoing relationship with our Advisors makes it easy for us to stay informed, move forward with conversations, and coalesce around action,” said Cary Brown, VCW’s Executive Director.  “We’re a small state, and we know that networking is one of the most effective ways to create positive change.  The Vermont Early Childhood Alliance and Let's Grow Kids are invaluable partners, informing our Commission on topics like access to early childhood services and programs, including nutrition, housing and health, workplace benefits like paid family leave, shortage of quality affordable child care, and the career needs of our child care workforce.”

“The addition of the Vermont Early Childhood Alliance and Let's Grow Kids brings our total to twenty-seven Advisory Council organizations,” remarked Marcia Merrill of Jericho, VCW’s Chair.  “They range from Vermont Women in Law Enforcement, to the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, to the Women Business Owners Network.  Our relationship with these organizations enhances our work, broadens our reach, and deepens our understanding.”
VCW is a non-partisan state commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women's issues guide VCW's public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts.  For more information, please visit