Middlebury, VT—The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children announced a number of first round grants for 2015 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 $700,000 to Vermont Birth to Three (VB3), an initiative that works to strengthen the quality of infant and toddler care in Vermont through a variety of strategies including mentoring, professional development, and creating sustainable business practices. VB3 has nearly 20 mentors working with more than 400 home-based providers throughout Vermont.
The Permanent Fund also committed $750,000 to the Let’s Grow Kids campaign. Launched in April 2014, Let’s Grow Kids is a statewide public education campaign working with Vermont communities, organizations, businesses and individuals to raise awareness of the importance of the early years of child development.
“Our goal is to help every child in Vermont reach their potential,” said Rick Davis, president and co-founder of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children. “Education starts at birth—by making smart early investments in high quality early care and education, we can help every child get the support they need for a healthy start and a promising future.”
A grant of $113,000 was also committed to Burlington’s Early Childhood Education Pilot Project, a new early learning initiative aimed at improving kindergarten readiness for Burlington’s children and breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. As a three-year pilot program, this initiative will include home visiting for new parents and pregnant mothers, scholarships for high quality child care, and rigorous evaluation.
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.