Our Mission:

To promote public policy that enhances the lives of children and youth in Vermont.

 

Established in 1983, Voices for Vermont’s Children (formerly Vermont Children’s Forum) began as an informal alliance of human service and education advocates  concerned about the status of children and youth in Vermont.

Voices has evolved into a statewide membership organization of several hundred individuals and organizations. Membership dues and contributions support our advocacy, outreach and community organizing on behalf of Vermont’s children and youth.

Voices addresses the full spectrum of child, youth and family issues – from child care and access to health care coverage for children and youth to juvenile justice and child welfare. Voices for Vermont’s Children works on behalf of children and youth by:

  • Advocating during the Vermont Legislative session;
  • Organizing and working in state and regional coalitions;
  • Providing up-to-date information, policy briefs and fact sheets on issues important to children and youth. This includes publishing Vermont KIDS COUNT child and family data reports; and
  • Co-sponsoring workshops, trainings and conferences.
 
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Staff

Amy Brady

Policy Associate

amyb@voicesforvtkids.org

Arica Bronz

Community Organizer

aricabpyc@gmail.com

Heather Buckner

Administrative Assistant

heather@voicesforvtkids.org

Infinite Culcleasure

Project Manager and Lead Organizer (Parents and Youth for Change)
infinitepyc@gmail.com

Michelle Fay

Executive Director

mfay@voicesforvtkids.org

Carlen Finn

Senior Policy Associate

carlenf@voicesforvtkids.org

Molly Goldberg

Research Associate

mgoldberg@voicesforvtkids.org

Christine Kemp Longmore

Community Organizer

christinepycbtv@gmail.com

Sarah Teel

Research Director

steel@voicesforvtkids.org


Councils

Medicaid Advisory Board

Comprised of providers, consumers, and advocates, and advises the Agency of Human Services and related Legislative Committees on Vermont’s public health care programs.

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Vermont Child Poverty Council

Established by the Vermont legislature in 2007, the Vermont Child
Poverty Council  is charged with developing a ten-year plan to cut the number of children living in poverty by at least 50 percent.

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Vermont Center for Afterschool Excellence

A public-private statewide partnership initiative dedicated to supporting and sustaining innovative learning opportunities that extend beyond the school day for all Vermont’s children and youth.

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Vermont Pre-K - 16 Council

Made up of educational, business, and legislative representatives, that will formulate a plan to ensure that our high school graduates are college- and career- ready and to raise the level of post-secondary education attainment for all Vermont citizens.

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Coalitions

Vermont Early Child Alliance

A statewide early childhood coalition of individuals, organizations, businesses, and strategic partners working together on common policy priorities in the areas of health, safety, food, economic security, and early care and education, leading to positive outcomes for Vermont’s young children from birth to age eight.  The Alliance shares information on early childhood issues, conducts advocacy trainings with stakeholders and creates opportunities for meaningful engagement with policymakers to advance Vermont towards a vision of thriving communities and economies.

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Vermont Paid Sick Days Coalition

A collection of businesses and organizations working to ensure that all working Vermonters are guaranteed paid sick days.

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Vermont Oral Health Care for All Coalition

A statewide effort of organizations representing the diverse needs of citizens throughout the state, working to bring great access for affordable oral health care.

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National and State Partners

KIDS COUNT/The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. KIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the status of children in the United States.

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Public Assets Institute

An organization that supports democracy by helping Vermonters understand and keep informed about what their government is doing, especially how it is raising and spending money and using other public assets.

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Nellie Mae Education Foundation

New England’s largest public charity is dedicated solely to preparing all the region’s learners for success.

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