Vermont’s Child Care and Early Childhood Education Systems Analysis (ECSA)

Vermont’s Child Care and Early Childhood Education Systems Analysis (ECSA) was required by Act 45 (An Act relating to child care systems and financing), which was signed by Governor Scott on June 1, 2021.  Building Bright Futures contracted with Foresight Law + Policy and Watershed Advisors to conduct the ECSA. 

The goal of the ECSA is to examine systems that govern and administer childcare and early childhood education and use this information to make recommendations for Vermont’s approaches to improve functionality of services and systems that will promote optimal outcomes for children and families.

Foresight Law + Policy and Watershed Advisors went through a rigorous process of documentation review, interviews, focus groups, surveys, and the ECSA Advisory Committee feedback to arrive at these findings and recommendations.

Initial themes were presented to the ECSA Advisory Committee in February 2022 [link to recording].

In April, the Foresight/Watershed team produced a draft of Vermont Governance Options for consideration. This draft was presented to the ECSA Advisory Committee and a joint committee hearing of the the House Committee on Human Services, and the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare on April 13 [link to recording]. 

The Final Report and Recommendations were submitted to the legislature on July 1, 2022 as required by Act 45 and was presented in a webinar on July 11, 2022.

 

Documents & Resources

 

Final Report and Recommendations, July 2022 Recorded presentation of the final report and recommendations July 11, 2022 Final report announcement from BBF Governance Options Testimony 4.13.22 Vermont Governance Options_April 2022 Major Themes_February 2022 About the Analysis RFP Review Process Read Act 45

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