Voter Resources

KIDS CAN'T VOTE ... BUT YOU CAN. AND YOUR VOICE MATTERS.
IT'S YOUR VOTE, BUT IT'S THEIR FUTURE.

Follow these easy steps to make your vote count!

Your vote matters, but only if it's counted! Visit the Vermont Secretary of State's MY VOTER PAGE to register to vote and to request your absentee ballot.

Our friends at the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance created a step-by-step voter guide to requesting, completing, and submitting mail-in ballots.

 

The candidates in your community and statewide want to represent you. Before you cast your vote, make sure they truly represent you.

Download the State of Vermont's official list of candidates and then contact the ones running for office in your community and statewide to tell them why you think investing in high-quality child care is important and why it’s imperative for Vermont to build the strongest possible early care and education system.

You can also watch Let's Grow Kids' community forums on child care for gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial candidates.

  

Not sure how to talk to your candidates? Fear not. Candidates want to hear from you! Contacting them at their home phone number or personal email is totally acceptable (just don't call too late!). But what do I say?! Good question. Here are some simple steps to guide the conversation:

  1. Begin by stating that high-quality, affordable child care is an issue you care deeply about.
  2. Next, share your personal story related to child care. Have you or someone you know struggled?
  3. Then, talk about how Vermont's child care crisis negatively impacts Vermont as a whole.
  4. And finally, ask the candidate about their position. Here are some sample questions you can ask:

    • What is your vision for Vermont’s child care system? If elected, how will you work to create a strong, equitable, and sustainable child care system in Vermont?

    • Early childhood educators are the backbone of Vermont’s early care and education system, yet they are some of the lowest paid professionals in the state and often lack basic benefits, such as health insurance. In our new world, they are also in close contact with many children and families, putting them at risk for exposure to COVID-19. If elected, how will you ensure early childhood educators are fairly compensated and supported?

    • From 2015 through 2018, Vermont worked to better understand how to create an affordable, high-quality early care and education system through the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care and subsequent Building Vermont’s Future from the Child Up Summit and Think Tank. These groups found that achievement of such a system would require a significant investment of approximately $205 million. If elected, how will you achieve the investment necessary to make your vision for child care in Vermont a reality? And what specific plan for investments/funding will you pursue to achieve a high-quality, affordable system in our state?

In addition, Let's Grow Kids and the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance hosted a discussion on how to ensure that investing in children and families and the early childhood community is a top priority in this year's election. Watch the video for information on how to find candidates’ positions on early childhood issues and ways to engage with candidates directly, as well as an overview of the voting process this year.

To help make Vermont's child care crisis the number one priority this election season, we shared an issue brief with Vermont primary candidates entitled, "Creating a Strong, Equitable, and Sustainable Child Care System in Vermont." In it, we outlined how the COVID-19 pandemic has made even more Vermonters acutely aware of the critical role that child care plays in our society, and shared our vision of a high-quality child care system that is accessible to all families, universally affordable, and values early childhood educators for their expertise.

We encourage you to read this issue brief and then ensure that the candidates understand that child care is not an economic accessory but rather an essential infrastructure for a thriving, equitable society and a strong economy.

After visiting the Vermont Secretary of State's MY VOTER PAGE to register to vote and to request your absentee ballot, make sure to vote in the Primary Election on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 ...

.. and again in the General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. And remember ...

KIDS CAN'T VOTE ... BUT YOU CAN. AND YOUR VOICE MATTERS. IT'S YOUR VOTE, BUT IT'S THEIR FUTURE.