childcare

05/14/2020
Childcare centers can begin to reopen on June 1 and summer day camps will be able to operate this summer, Gov. Phil Scott announced this past Friday. But with gatherings of more than 10 still prohibited for the time being, Secretary of Education Dan French said that schools should think creatively about alternatives to traditional high school graduation ceremonies. “For planning purposes, schools should expect that larger group gatherings will not be permitted prior to the end of the school year,” he said. The announcements come as Scott has gradually started to loosen restrictions and...

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger.org
05/08/2020
Childcare centers can begin to reopen on June 1 and summer day camps will be able to operate this summer, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday. But with gatherings of more than 10 still prohibited for the time being, Secretary of Education Dan French said that schools should think creatively about alternatives to traditional high school graduation ceremonies. “For planning purposes, schools should expect that larger group gatherings will not be permitted prior to the end of the school year,” he said. The announcements come as Scott has gradually started to loosen restrictions and allowed more...

ELLA LAROSE, 9, dances with counselors in the MAUSD Essential Persons’ Childcare program, which imposes strict social distancing policies for kids whose parents, like Ella’s, are deemed essential workers in the effort to thwart coronavirus. Photo courtesy of MAUSD Photo courtesy of MAUSD Essential Persons’ Childcare program
04/23/2020
BRISTOL — Every day, before they head off to toil on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents in the Mount Abraham Unified School District who’ve been designated “essential workers” drop their children off at Bristol Elementary School. There staff in the district’s Expanded Learning Program deploy a powerful combination of wisdom, talent, heart — and a little 5-Town magic — to keep them safe from the dangers in the broader world. The program is called MAUSD Essential Persons’ Childcare. It’s free to families and it officially opened on March 23.  Nine-year-old Bristol resident Ella...
04/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Young parents fortunate enough to have kept their jobs during COVID-19 continue to grapple with a major hurdle: How to get reliable childcare service during a time when most centers have been forced to close their doors — except to the offspring of what the state describes as “essential workers.” The mandated closure of most childcare facilities has proved a major inconvenience for working families and a hardship to the centers themselves, resulting in temporary layoffs in some cases. “It’s a balancing act, with safety first,” explained Donna Bailey, director of the Addison...
03/23/2020
MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont wants to make sure essential workers can focus on their jobs and not worry about the care and safety of their children. The Department for Children and Families is providing extra resources to ensure that these workers have child care. Essential workers include health care providers, childcare providers, National Guard personnel, utility workers, grocery and food supply workers, and many others (see list). A list of people considered essential is online here. If you are considered “essential” and need child care for children up to grade 8: 1. Go to this new...
02/27/2020
ADISON COUNTY — Providing childcare at town meeting was always something the folks at Middlebury Area Land Trust wanted to do, but they just didn’t have the capacity — until now. This year, according to programs coordinator Caleb Basa, the organization finally has enough staff (two full-time educators and person in an AmeriCorps position) to pull it off. “Recently we’ve seen a big surge of connection with the Middlebury community,” Basa said. “We feel really supported, and we want to give back.” MALT hopes “to encourage citizens of Middlebury to connect with each other, to become civically...

IN AN APPRECIATION ceremony at the Middlebury Inn last month, Judy Bourbeau from the Department of Labor congratulates Nichol Wolfe for successfully completing the childcare apprenticeship program. Photo courtesy of Dawn Johnson and Jan Walker
11/11/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Early childhood professionals came with their families to the Middlebury Inn last month to celebrate completing Vermont’s rigorous two-year registered childcare apprenticeship program. People came from throughout the state as well as Addison County on Oct. 5 for this annual event. This was also an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the 20 years that the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council Inc. (VCCICC) has been supporting and coordinating childcare apprenticeship in partnership with the Child Development Division and the Vermont Department of Labor. Over the years...

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