Let's Grow Kids

Little Kids, Big Impact

aka Let's Grow Kids   |   Middlebury, VT   |  www.letsgrowkids.org

Mission

To ensure that every Vermont family has affordable access to high quality child care by 2025.

Ruling year info

2001

CEO

Ms. Aly Richards

Main address

3 Court Street

Middlebury, VT 05753 USA

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Formerly known as

The Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children

Vermont Birth to Five

EIN

31-1802348

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The goal of Let's Grow Kids is to ensure that every child from birth to five in Vermont has access to high-quality, affordable early care and learning by 2025. This will require the formation of a self-sustaining system. It's not an easy task, but it's wise: brain science and economic analysis tell us this is the most powerful long-term investment our society can make. There is an incredible need for this work in Vermont. According to the Census Bureau, 7 out of 10 Vermont children under age 6—about 18,000 children—have all available parents in the labor force. This means they are likely to need child care. Y et, child care in the state is inaccessible and un-affordable for most families. This need to support our workforce of today and ensure healthy development of the workforce of tomorrow makes access to high-quality child care a social and economic imperative for Vermont—today, tomorrow, and forever.

Our programs

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Early Childhood System Strengthening

We are strengthening Vermont's child care system for the children of today and tomorrow. Across Vermont, our Community & Program Support Specialists are working with early educators to ensure: A) delivery of services to children ages birth to five through strategic grantmaking and expert coaching; B) positive and productive business practices; C) meaningful collaboration to share services (such as regional networks, technology solutions); D) professional and workforce development; E) capacity development of partner organizations within Vermont's early care and learning system.

Population(s) Served

We are mobilizing Vermonters from all walks of life to call for change and prioritize Vermont’s youngest children.

LGK’s public awareness and education campaign launched in 2014 and has methodically raised awareness and understanding among Vermonters of the importance of the early years, the value of quality early education experiences, and increasingly, the value of early educators. In addition to a significant grassroots effort (parents, advocates, early educators), LGK has developed grasstops champions (business and healthcare leaders, government partners, legislators) to call for transformational policy change and a comprehensive, full-scale state solution.

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Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1: Access - By 2025, 100% of families with children ages 0-5 have access to high-quality opportunities that meet their needs in a sustainable system.
Goal 2: Affordability - By 2025, 100% of Vermonters will spend no more than 7–15% of their gross annual household income on early childhood care or education programs.
Goal 3: High Quality - By 2025, 80% of Vermont child care providers perform in the highest levels of the STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS), Vermont's quality recognition system.

Fueled by community support from donors nationwide and across Vermont, our work is multi-faceted. To achieve our mission of a fully funded early childhood system, we anticipate our work will require $56M in investment between 2018 and 2025 from donors, corporations, and foundations. This investment in early childhood today will produce a $3.08 return for every $1 invested. To date (2018-2019), we've secured $30.4M of our $56M goal.

Access:
Support the capacity expansion of existing child care programs by:
1. Attracting new qualified employees and curbing the loss of current employees to the public school system by establishing a livable wage and better access to professional development opportunities
2. Lowering overhead costs via shared services

Increase the number of child care programs statewide by:
1. Offering start-up support to help programs meet state regulations
2. Making the profession more attractive by making it more sustainable through reduced overhead costs and state subsidy rates that accurately reflect current market rates

Increase supply of universal pre-kindergarten programs by:
1. Supporting partnerships between schools and community programs
2. Streamlining compliance process for participating programs

Affordability:
Create major public policy change for:
1. increased investment into Vermont's Child Care Financial Assistance Program.
2. Increase in number of businesses that support their employees' child care needs
3. Integration of child care with the health care delivery system

Identify funding efficiencies in the current system.

High Quality:
1. Increase the quality of existing child care programs by providing mentoring, technical assistance, shared services and support in attaining quality credentials
2. Support child care programs to move up in STARS
3. Support professional development for providers
4. Support building a pipeline of highly-qualified early childhood providers
5. Support equitable wages for early childhood professionals
6. Create major public policy change for increased investment through the Child Care Financial Assistance Program

Our work to mobilize Vermonters was established in 2014. We have a demonstrated commitment to using mass and social media and grassroots outreach to develop statewide audiences and build interest in child health and wellbeing. LGK's policy research team works with policy makers in the administration and the legislature to incorporate evidence-based best practices into state policy. Let's Grow Kids has a proven track record of using data and project results to inform statewide policy.

Our team working to strengthen the early childhood system has many decades of experience in the child care field, and works closely with stakeholders, policy makers and the state of Vermont to strengthen the child-care profession as a key foundation of a successful and healthy society. Our staff are working directly with early educators to prepare the industry to meet the demand for high-quality care.

• As of September 2019, our campaign to sec
• Key players in formation of Blue Ribbon Commission
• Got $1M additional investment into Child Care Financial Assistance Program• Made high-quality, affordable child care a leading issue in 2016 election cycle
• Blue Ribbon Commission report jumpstarts statewide conversation
• Began formation of Early Childhood Business Council (now 100+ businesses strong) • New governor announces $9.5M child care investment in his budget bill
• Report finds $1.3 billion ROI for early childhood investments
• Appreciative Inquiry system design process begins • Introduce new legislation for significant investment into Child Care Financial Assistance Program
• Launch a Let's Grow Kids Action Fund (c)(4) organization

Financials

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Let's Grow Kids

Board of directors
as of 3/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rick Davis

Rick Davis

Dan Smith

Vermont Community Foundation

Tom MacLeay

Lynette Fraga, PhD

E.D. Child Care Aware

Alan Guttmacher, MD

Con Hogan

Cheryl Mitchell

Buzz Schmidt

Jennifer Williams

Tom Johnson

Emeritus Member

Carl Ferenbach

Emeritus Member

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
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Female

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