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Brenda Torpy
Champlain Housing Trust

July 2016 - The Vermont Community Loan Fund has announced the 2016 Building Bright Spaces for Bright Futures Fund (BBSFBFF) grants, with a total of $57,600 awarded to eight Vermont child care programs.

 

The 2016 grantees are:

  • Children’s Early Learning Space, Waterbury
    Kiddie Garden, Swanton
    Little Dipper’s Doodle Children’s Center, St. Johnsbury
    Little Lambs of Orchard Valley Waldorf School, East Montpelier
    Mountain Village School, Stowe
    Orwell Village School of Mary Johnson Child Care Center, Middlebury
    Suzy’s Little Peanuts Dayschool, Ascutney
    Winston Prouty Center for Child Development, Brattleboro

Funded by legislative appropriations, contributions and revenue from a special-issue license plate, BBSFBFF grants are allocated for starting, relocating, expanding, or improving a Vermont child care program’s physical facility and/or accessibility.

Grantees must be participants in the STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS), Vermont’s quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and after school programs.

“The Loan Fund is proud to administer these important grants,” said VCLF Executive Director Will Belongia. “The Building Bright Spaces for Bright Futures Fund is having a tremendous impact, increasing the quality and availability of early care & education programs throughout Vermont,” he said.

VCLF’s Director of Child Care Programs Hope Campbell agreed. “Studies show that high-quality child care has a tremendous impact on a child’s ability to succeed in all areas of life,” she said. “With these grants, Building Bright Spaces is helping provide that advantage to more and more Vermont children,” she added.

BBSFBFF was created in 2002 by the Vermont legislature to increase the quantity and quality of child care and early education programs in Vermont. Since its inception, the fund has awarded $1.275 million in 118 grants to 107 child care programs, benefiting over 3,200 Vermont children and their families.