**The 2020 Make Way for Kids grant guidelines (revised December 6, 2019) are now available. Click here to learn more.**
Make Way for Kids—launched in 2018 with the support of donors in Vermont and nationwide—provides grants and technical assistance to child care programs to help increase the availability and quality of early care and learning programs for Vermont’s children.
Our goal is to increase the number of high-quality child care spaces available to Vermont families. In 2018 and 2019 combined, Let’s Grow Kids (LGK) is investing $1.7M to create 1,300 additional high-quality child care spaces for Vermont’s children though the Make Way for Kids program.
PROGRAM EXPANSION AND START-UP ASSISTANCE
To increase the availability of high-quality early care and learning spaces, we offer short-term financial and technical assistance that supports local expansion, quality improvement or program start-up.
Our 2019 Make Way for Kids projects are as varied as the local needs of the communities that LGK is partnering with to do this work:
- In Franklin County, where the child care shortage is particularly severe, Make Way for Kids is supporting the expansion of Georgia’s only child care center to create 24 new child care spaces, including 14 new spaces for infants and toddlers.
- In Windham County, an early educator in Brattleboro who expanded her home child care program in 2018 with Make Way for Kids support is expanding once again to become a center so she can offer high-quality care to more families in her community.
- In Rutland County, Make Way for Kids is supporting the creation of a new child care center at Castleton University that will serve Castleton staff and students as well as families in surrounding communities. Castleton’s project is also tackling the early education workforce shortage head on with the creation of a new early education degree program. Students of the program will access experiential learning at the center.
- In Windsor County, Make Way for Kids is supporting the renovation of the former Bridgewater Village School to be the home of a new high-quality child care center. Bridgewater currently has no registered or licensed child care options and programs in neighboring Woodstock have long waitlists. This project is an incredible example of a community coming together to tackle this problem with partnerships including town government, local employers, health care professionals and public schools as well as nonprofit, local and state agencies.
For a full list of all 19 Make Way for Kids projects, click here.
2019 Make Way for Kids projects are supported with funding from Vermont Community Foundation, A.D. Henderson Foundation, Turrell Fund, Canaday Charitable Trust, National Life Group Foundation, Jane’s Trust, National Bank of Middlebury, O.P. & W.E. Edwards Foundation, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, and numerous generous individual & foundation donors.
If you are interested in applying for a Make Way for Kids grant, please fill out our Make Way for Kids Inquiry Form.
Click here for the 2020 Make Way for Kids guidelines.
In addition to the Make Way for Kids grants, LGK is pleased to be working to increase the number of infant and toddler child care spaces in the state through $800,000 in Expanding Infant and Toddler Child Care Capacity Grants that are funded by the VT Child Development Division. Grant projects should be informed by local community needs and must include either start-up of new programs or the expansion of existing programs that result in additional infant and toddler child care spaces. For additional qualifications and information, please review the Expanding Infant and Toddler Child Care Capacity Grant program guidelines.
If you are interested in applying for an Expanding Infant and Toddler Child Care Capacity Grant, please attend a 30-minute informational call for grant applicants on Tuesday, June 30 at 10 AM or 6 PM. Please contact Sherry Carlson for call information.