We’re in your community. Please spend some time in this section to get a sense of the great work happening in all corners of Vermont. These are the people and programs who help keep Vermont a great place to raise children. Click on the links at right to see complete lists of current or previous grant recipients.

Here's a little more detail on some of our current recipients—click on a name to expand the story!

Burlington Children’s Space—Growing Food Program

Burlington Children's SpaceThe Growing Food Program allows the Burlington Children’s space to offer a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack to all children over age one, helping children develop healthy attitudes about food and offering families the assurance that their children are well-fed while away from home. Funding from the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation is combined with federal funding through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) so that their chef can be present every day as an integral part of the program.  Food is one of the languages with which children are welcomed to school in the morning and sent home satisfied at the end of the day. The program has helped create an atmosphere of abundance, respect and generosity.

New England Youth Theatre—Theatre Adventure Program

New England TheatreThe Theatre Adventure Program is a theater arts program that serves 40 youth and adults with cognitive, social and physical disabilities along with a smaller number of non-disabled peers. Year-round theater skill-based activities enhance communication, self expression and self-esteem.

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont—TECHNICOOL

Prevent Child AbuseDesigned for Vermont youth grades 4-8 and their parents, educators, and caregivers, TECHNICOOL looks at common concerns surrounding the internet and technology. This program encourages safe online behavior by addressing the benefits and risks of these powerful new technologies and provides participants with tools to make and promote healthy choices.

The Orange County Parent Child Center's STARS Support Project

Beginning in the fall of 2011, the Orange County Parent Child Center began a comprehensive assistance project for registered family home providers and licensed early childhood centers and afterschool programs who are interested in beginning the Vermont STARS quality rating process or in pursuing a higher rating. Only 19 of 80 (24%) early childhood and family home programs in Orange County hold a current STARS rating; this project hopes to close that gap and increase the quality of care offered to children and families by complimenting and expanding current supports.

Together Works—Open Mic

Together Works': Open Mic program allows youth to perform live music onstage in a professional setting. The program offers a safe and sober creative environment. Their new radio project allows students from area schools to work together to produce their own radio show to stream live through the internet during their Open Mic weekly program.

VSA Vermont—Start with the Arts

VSA VermontStart With The Arts brings 12 weeks of arts-based literacy activities to children at 36 home-based childcare sites and 20 hours of professional development credit to childcare providers with follow up support over a four month period.

Youth Services, Inc.—Young Mothers Mentoring Program

Young Mothers Mentoring ProgramThe Young Mothers Mentoring Program provides pregnant and parenting teenage girls with one-on-one and peer mentoring to help them and their children thrive physically, emotionally and socio-economically, both in the present as well as in the future.

Pineforest Childcare Center

Photos: Jess Ackerman