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Leading lawyer presents picture of Vt Tuesday’s childcare landscape in Ilsley – Addison Independent

Aly Richards, CEO of Let’s Grow Kids, will speak at the Ilsley Library on October 18.

MIDDLEBURY – Aly Richards, CEO of Let’s Grow Kids, will deliver a talk titled “Vermont’s Child Care Campaign: Systems Change in Action.” Tuesday evening, October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Jessica Swift Meeting Room at the Ilsley Library. The presentation is sponsored by the AAUW (American Association of University Women) and the Middlebury Library.

Come learn about the advocacy efforts of the Vermont Child Care Campaign, which is on a path to transform Vermont’s child care system by 2025. During her presentation, Richards will discuss how access to affordable, high-quality child care for our youngest children is essential for early learning and development, a strong workforce, and a resilient economy.

“Vermont’s child care crisis can be solved, but we have to work together,” Richards said.

As CEO of Let’s grow the children, Aly Richards draws on extensive experience in national and state education policy. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, where she led efforts to support early childhood education, including winning competitive federal grants totaling $70 million and supporting the passage of the universal preschool. She is currently a trustee of the University of Vermont Medical Center and the Vermont Council on Rural Development and was recently named a Changemaker for Children by Save the Children. Richards grew up in Newbury and now lives in Montpellier.

AAUW is a nonprofit organization founded in 1881. Its mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. The Middlebury chapter, founded in 1922, meets once a month from September to May, works on mentorship with local college women and with college girls, and sponsors presentations open to the public. For more information about AAUW, visit aauw.org. For questions about local AAUW activities, call Ann Straub (207-210-5563) or Liane Barrera (802-388-7421).

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