November 2017

I Hear Something Beautiful Can you hear it? That is the sound of change. It's the sound of over 1,000 Vermonters--who traveled from as far away as Brattleboro and the border of Canada to march up Church Street on October 1-- singing and dancing their commitment to Vermont's future. I was there and I can tell you, it was something [...]

November 16th, 2017|Newsletter|

July 2017

The Catalytic Power of Philanthropy In 2015, the Permanent Fund identified a leverage point for long-term, transformational change in Vermont. It starts with unlocking the biggest potential within our small state and smallest citizens—our children. Our goal is to ensure that every child from birth to five in Vermont has access to high-quality, affordable early care and learning by 2025. [...]

March 26th, 2017|Newsletter|

November 2016

Being Thankful in Vermont In November when my windows frame grayness, rain, and barely a few leaves, I like to remind myself we have much to be thankful for in Vermont. After all, the brilliant fall foliage display would not be such a delight if it continued year-round. And we certainly need the rain. But most of all this year, [...]

November 2nd, 2016|Newsletter|

July-August 2016

The Delights of Summer in Vermont   Sailboat sculptures by Rick Davis For those of us fortunate enough to enjoy summer in Vermont, the wonderfully long days with friends and family at local events, in our gardens, or on the lake can sometimes lighten the deep urgency of our work for children. It is a brief respite. As [...]

August 30th, 2016|Newsletter|

January 2016

Happy New Year! I've been thinking a lot about the important role of education in prevention. High-quality early care and education certainly plays a big role in prevention. Without high-quality early care and education, we know children are more likely to: drop out of school become a teen parent require special education services be arrested Simply put, making an investment [...]

January 11th, 2016|Newsletter|

September 2015

Welcome! It's fall in Vermont! The kids are back in the classroom--hopefully, energized by their summer vacations, excited and ready to learn. We, of course, know that learning doesn't stop when children leave the classroom; their education starts far before they reach any school. This is, after all, a focus of our work. In this issue, we've shared some links [...]

September 24th, 2015|Newsletter|

February 2015

Welcome! We had a great response to the inaugural issue of the Permanent Fund update last month--so we're hoping to continue the "trend" with this second issue. There is a lot going on at the state and national levels in the early childhood world. We've included links to a few timely articles that made our "must read" list and show [...]

February 27th, 2015|Newsletter|

Winter 2015

Happy New Year! It's an exciting time for those who care about Vermont's young children. Soon, we will see preK become a reality for all three- and four-year olds in every corner of Vermont. Thanks to community conversations and local public education efforts around the state, awareness about the brain science and benefits of investing in early childhood development is [...]

January 29th, 2015|Newsletter|