childcare

09/10/2020
I have five children in the Addison Central School District, my oldest at Mary Hogan, and the other four at Cornwall School. Our Superintendent, Peter Burrows, has caused a stir with our children’s schedule, so I would like to place a letter on the current issues, and his failure to recognize parents’ concerns. Peter Burrows has decided our children can go to school two days a week, based on the last name alphabet (Monday and Tuesday last name A-L, Thursday Friday last name M through Z), rather than the full week to practice “safe social distancing and lower exposure.”  Here is where our...
09/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County public school districts are organizing a series of childcare hubs that will offer safe, supervised space for young students on days they won’t physically be attending classes during a very unusual fall semester. The hubs are being set up as schools change the way they are delivering education in response to the dangers posed by COVID-19. When school opens next week, most county schools will have half of the students in the building for two days a week and the rest being taught through remote connections.  A new, $12 million grant program — funded through federal...

A GROUP OF preschoolers from Mary Johnson Daycare Center took a walk to read the outside reading project sponsored by Middlebury’s Ilsley Library. A dozen or so pages are displayed on posts circumventing Middlebury’s Riverside Park in the Marbleworks. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
08/10/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — As elementary, middle and high schools are implementing plans for reopening this fall, childcare services and preschools are preparing as well — and in some cases are implementing creative outdoor classes to start off the fall. While childcare and preschool facilities are independent and each develops its own programs, we talked with three area programs to learn how they were preparing to kick off the school year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Each of the three programs we interviewed were eager to share their plans for the school year, offer reassurances of being...
07/16/2020
The 2019-20 school year has come and gone, changing many things along the way. With it, Mary Johnson Children’s Center marks the closing of the Starksboro School Age Program, affectionately known as RASY, and the Bristol School Age program, known as BASK. The district elementary schools will no longer provide space for their operation. For twenty and thirty years, respectively, these licensed programs provided afterschool care for more than 1,000 children ages 5-12, and served their families with empathy, good-humor and genuine concern. Staff members invested their time, talents and...

Kristen Dunne, a 20-year veteran of Mary Johnson Children’s Center, has been appointed interim executive director, replacing Dave Mandel.
07/10/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Johnson Children’s Center (MJCC) on Friday announced that Executive Director Dave Mandel is leaving to pursue other professional opportunities. “Although Dave’s time with the center was short, his impact was great as he helped guide the center through the challenges of the COVID-19 virus,” said Misse Smith, president of the Middlebury childcare organization’s board of directors. “He will be missed by the teachers, children, and parents at the center. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.” Kristen Dunne has been appointed interim executive director. She steps...
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...

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