Middlebury, VT—The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children announced a number of grants to help provide a seamless continuum of support for children, starting at birth and bridging into the public schools.

The Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative (VCPC), one of three initiatives established by the Permanent Fund, received a $137,000 grant. VCPC, launched in 2005, provides two years of start-up funding and technical assistance to help school districts partner with high quality childcare providers, a prerequisite for receiving state funding through Act 62. Under Act 62, families with children enrolled in qualified pre-school programs are eligible to receive financial support for up to 10 hours per week of pre-K for their three-or four-year-old child. Vermont now has 41 publicly-funded quality pre-K programs in more than 70 Vermont communities with 6,000 Vermont children enrolled.

“Our vision is to make quality pre-K programming accessible to all Vermont three- and four-year-olds,” said Rick Davis, president and co-founder of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children. “With more than 60% of our 4-year-olds enrolled in a quality pre-K program, this goal is now within reach.”

Other grants approved by the Permanent Fund board included $50,000 for the Vermont Mentoring Funders Collaborative (VMCF), the first of three grants of $150,000 for the Vermont Birth to Three initiative (VB3), and $15,000 for the Lund Center.

The Permanent Fund, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, collaborates with several other committed philanthropic entities that offer continuing support for the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative, Vermont Birth to Three and the Vermont Mentoring Funders Collaborative.

The Permanent Fund made its funding announcements at its January 11 board meeting held in Norwich.

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For more information, contact: Sally Kieny, 802/864-6710

news@permanentfund.org

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