Letter to the editor: A big shout-out to ECE teachers

As Teacher Appreciation Week approaches in May, I find myself reflecting on the invaluable contributions of our Early Childhood Education teachers here in Addison County.

Vermont Senate OKs childcare funding

With little debate and by a 24-6 vote, the Vermont Senate gave preliminary approval on Thursday, March 30, to a bill that would inject $150 million a year of new funding into the childcare sector and create a new parental leave benefit.

Report shows the state of Addison County’s children

Each year, Building Bright Futures and Vermont’s Early Childhood Data and Policy Center release a report on the well-being of young children and families in Vermont.

Young brains need support

In the last few decades there has been an explosion in what we know and how we understand early brain development.

Early education lays a strong foundation

When asked what I do for a living I respond, “I am a teacher.” When asked which grade I teach, I contemplate changing the topic.

Universal childcare is here

Universal PreK (UPreK) through Act 166 is designed to help all Vermont families access high-quality preschool.

Here’s help in your hunt for childcare

Fortunately, there is an agency in Addison County that can provide help for you — it’s called Child Care Services at Mary Johnson Children’s Center in Middlebury.

Little kids can use sharp tools

We all know what happens if we give a mouse a cookie or what happens when we give a pigeon a bus. But what happens if we give a preschooler a sharp hatchet?

Mix nature and kids, you’ll get joy and wonder

Here in Addison County, outdoor play is a regular part of our dynamic, inquiry-based, joy-and-wonder-filled early childhood programs.

The power of multi-age play-based learning

“Scientists have discovered that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain, unless it is done in play, in which case it only takes 10 to 20 repetitions.”

Early childhood educators launch community arts & crafts projects

ADDISON COUNTY — Area early childhood educators are pooling together their resources to launch a community arts and crafts project for families stuck at home during the pandemic.  The first part of the project began the week of April 6 when the Addison Co … (read more)