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Mission and Values



To ensure affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025.



Parents know their kids are happy & learning in safe, high-quality programs
Children learn to believe in themselves  
Early educators are supported and empowered in their profession


Our culture is one that nurtures and cares for children and families
Kids develop empathy and understanding through meaningful connections that inspire trust


Children are ready to thrive in school, and are prepared for life’s adventures
Educators are valued for their expertise  
Parents are able to make the best choices for their families and careers
Businesses have a robust workforce and Vermont’s economy grows


  • Commitment to Children: We believe that investing in the wellbeing of children birth through five is a catalyst for positive social change
  • Collaboration: We support each other and our partners to realize shared success
  • Inclusion: We are building an organization, movement and system that promote equity and diversity
  • Agility: We adapt readily to our environment in order to achieve our goals
  • Strategy: We take a focused, coordinated, data-driven approach to our work
  • Transparency: We are intentional about sharing clear and timely information about our work, priorities, mission and values


  • Build an organizational culture that is open and inclusive and in which people feel safe, where differences are embraced, engagement is apparent and the contributions of all are encouraged, valued and respected
  • Explore and challenge our individual and organizational assumptions, subconscious biases and world views and how they impact our relationships and our work
  • Build bridges and establish relationships across differences and encourage diversity in staff, volunteers, supporters, board members, partners, funders, contractors, consultants and thought leaders
  • Facilitate opportunities that encourage participation from diverse stakeholders
  • Influence inclusive early care and learning system design so that every Vermont child has the opportunity to thrive