On March 27, Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council (SAC) gathered in person for the first time since 2019 to build relationships among members and deepen our understanding of the SAC’s charge and SAC members’ roles. At the meeting, we also marked several transitions in membership. Ilisa Stalberg of the Vermont Department of Health took on the role of Public Co-Chair; Janet McLaughlin, formerly an at-large member, became a public designated member in her new role at the Child Development Division of the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF); and Carol Lang-Godin, Executive Director of the Lamoille Family Center and a member of the Vermont Parent Child Center Network, stepped into an at-large seat.
The SAC is the state’s Governor-appointed, primary advisory body on the well-being of children from the prenatal period through age 8 and their families, informing the Governor, Administration, and Legislature on early childhood policy and systems improvements. The SAC brings together early childhood leaders and decision-makers from across sectors to better coordinate and enhance services for young children. The Council is composed of 26 members, including seven public designated members, two legislators, 14 at-large members, and three non-voting members.
The current SAC members are:
Ilisa Stalberg, Public Co-Chair – VT Department of Health
Representative Jessica Brumsted – Vermont House
Senator Ruth Hardy – Vermont Senate
Flor Diaz Smith, Private Co-Chair – Vermont School Boards Association
Aryka Radke – DCF Family Services Division
Kendal Smith – Governor’s Office
Miranda Gray – DCF Economic Services Division
There is no SAC meeting in April. The next meeting, on Monday, May 22, will focus on the Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan and will serve as the annual VECAP Summit. View the agenda for the May 22 SAC meeting or register here.