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

The Permanent Fund committed $400,000 to Vermont Birth to Three (VB3), an initiative that works to strengthen the quality of Vermont’s home-based childcare network through training, professional development and peer-to-peer relationships for childcare professionals. VB3 has nearly 20 mentors working with more than 300 home-based providers throughout Vermont.

The Permanent Fund also committed $150,000 to the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative (VCPC). VCPC, launched in 2005, provides up to two years of start-up funding and technical assistance to help school districts partner with childcare professionals and establish high quality pre-K programs in their communities.

“Our mission is to give every Vermont child the opportunity to succeed in life,” said Rick Davis, president and co-founder of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children. “Investing in initiatives that improve the quality of our early care and education system and help children establish positive, healthy relationships not only makes economic sense—it is the right thing to do.”

Other grants approved by the Permanent Fund board included $50,000 to Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, and several smaller grants to individual childcare professionals.

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

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