Let’s Grow Kids (LGK) is partnering with public and private entities across the state to create a sustainable high-quality, affordable child care system for Vermont’s children and their families. Our partnerships include:
The City of Burlington. Burlington has the largest and most diverse population in the state and is looking to address the opportunity gap faced by low-income children. The City’s research has shown that though approximately 350 children are born in Burlington each year, fewer than 200 child care spaces are available for children from birth through age three.
- Burlington’s Early Learning Initiative. Launched in 2018, the Burlington Early Learning Initiative (ELI) is designed to improve kindergarten readiness, reduce special education costs and other public spending and help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty in Vermont’s Queen City. Supported by funding and technical assistance from LGK, the ELI employs three strategies to affect change:
- Capacity grants for Burlington child care programs
- Family scholarships for high-quality child care
- Rigorous evaluation
To learn more about the ELI, visit: www.burlingtonvt.gov/it/earlylearning or contact Didi Harris
Child Development Division (CDD)
- Starting Points Network. This long-established program is a partnership between CDD and LGK. It provides funds and technical assistance to regions to support their professional child care provider networks. These networks are historically, but not exclusively, family child care providers. This program seeks to increase and support the professional growth of the early care and learning workforce by providing an engaging way for early educators to connect with peers and attend professional development workshops.
Vermont Agency of Education
- LGK is represented on the VT Agency of Education’s Alternative Pathway to Educator Licensure advisory committee. For individuals who have not completed a traditional educator preparation program at a college or university, Vermont offers an alternate route to licensure by evaluation (peer review). LGK provides advisory support for portfolio development and submission as well as peer review and transcript review.
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Building Bright Futures (BBF)
BBF is Vermont’s early childhood public-private partnership established by law to monitor the state’s early care, health and education systems and to advise the Administration and the Legislature on early childhood policy. BBF serves as a statewide backbone organization, bringing early childhood stakeholders, including LGK, together to work collectively toward a coordinated, collaborative and integrated early childhood system.
BBF, LGK, and the VT Agency of Human Services Child Development Division worked with National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago to better understand the needs of Vermont families.