The Schoolhouse Receives Grants to Improve and Expand

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Thursday September 26, 2013

The Schoolhouse Learning Center located in South Burlington has been awarded three separate grants totaling $20,492 to support their operations and programs. The school was awarded a grant of $10,000 from the Building Bright Futures Fund of the Vermont Community Loan Fund to support facilities renovations, adding an additional preschool classroom and increasing the number of children being served in early childhood programs. 

The Vermont Children’s Trust Fund awarded $7,492 to support the expansion of farm-to-school initiatives for students in all Schoolhouse programs: preschool, summer camp, elementary and afterschool. Beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year, The Schoolhouse will offer lunches and snacks prepared on-site, featuring produce grown at the school and through a partnership with Bread and Butter Farms. Academic activities related to gardening, agriculture, conservation and healthy lifestyles will further support the project.

In addition, the Child Development Division (CDD) of the Vermont Department for Children and Families has awarded $3,000 to support quality improvements to increase The Schoolhouse from three to five stars under the VT-STARS (Step Ahead Recognition System) quality recognition system for childcare, preschool and afterschool programs. Funds will be used to support professional development and to implement a STARS-approved quality assessment tool to help ensure that programs are providing high quality childcare to all families. 

Liz Shayne, Head of School at The Schoolhouse said of these achievements, “The Schoolhouse has been providing high quality educational programming for children for over 40 years. We are excited about these new opportunities to expand programs, and ultimately to enrich the lives of children and families.” 

The Schoolhouse participates in the STARS program and is eligible to receive childcare subsidy and Act 62 funds and has a generous scholarship program. For more information about The Schoolhouse, visit www.theschoolhousevt.org.