Chloe Learey

Winston Prouty Center raises $25,000

I would like to thank the community for supporting The Winston Prouty Center's annual Par for the Cause fundraiser. This year we raised over $25,000!

We are grateful to the more than 100 businesses and individuals who supported our fundraiser by placing an ad in the event program, donating products and services to our raffle, or contributing to our family-fun experience.

This year the event drew more than 150 people to our campus for a morning of pretend play, bouncy houses, face painting, music and fairy-house making, healthy snacks, and so much more.

Our community's generosity empowers the Winston Prouty Center to promote the success of local children and families.

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Safe, stable housing is a critical part of child development

A child develops in the context of family and community. An ample supply of affordable places to live fosters a host of benefits for families — and communities.

Since 1968, the Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development has provided inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families. For the past two years, we have been talking about developing housing. One of the questions we keep being asked is: Why? The...

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Winston Prouty raises over $20,000

I thank the community for supporting The Winston Prouty Center's annual Par for the Cause fundraiser last month. This year we raised over $20,000! We are grateful to the 90 local businesses and individuals who donated products and services to our Prize-a-Day Raffle. To see a list of prize...

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When we support early childhood education, everyone benefits

April is the Month of the Young Child in Windham County. It is a wonderful opportunity to both celebrate early childhood and to honor the tireless efforts of child care providers who dedicate their lives to educating the next generation. Broader awareness about the importance of the experiences a child has in their early years has led to successful initiatives to support public investment in services for young children and their families, including early education. There is also much greater...

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Work with families and children requires collaboration and cooperation

Vermont Department for Children and Families Commissioner Sean Brown testified before the House Human Services and Education Committees on Friday, Jan. 29 about the proposal from Gov. Phil Scott's administration to move child development activities from one division to other departments and agencies based on the areas of expertise. Brown called this the beginning of a conversation and a process for engagement of key stakeholders to get input. It was clear that the input would be about how to accomplish...

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Homelessness affects the whole family

Finding a solution for the seasonal overflow shelter for the upcoming winter season is a relief for many in the community. The overflow shelter primarily provides a warm place for those who have nowhere to go during the coldest months. In our community, we do not let our fellow citizens face exposure and possible death because they do not have a home. While the potential dangers of exposure are increased during the winter months, the risks of homelessness are occurring...

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Prouty Center appreciates storage container

We deeply thank Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee for the donation of a 40-foot metal storage container to the Winston Prouty Center. We are so grateful to have this storage available to handle the large amount of inventory that came with our purchase of the former Austine campus. We are now able to move forward with plans to renovate and lease space, which is a critical part of making the campus viable. This donation is making that possible, and we appreciate...

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Return on investment

Much attention has been given recently to the importance of the early years of a child's life. Many articles have cited statistics: 80 percent of a child's brain is developed by age 3 and 90 percent by age 5. Optimal brain development leads to children being more prepared for school and work and having better mental and physical health, even as an adult. Research demonstrates a 7-to-10-percent return on investment for every dollar spent. This fact helps to explain the...

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