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Early Child Care and Education Needs Assessment Study Underway for Greater Vergennes Area

Does Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham need more options for child care? That is the question being explored in a small study being undertaken by the Vergennes Children’s Center Study Committee. The Committee is working with the Vergennes Partnership, The Mary Johnson’s Children’s Center in Middlebury, and LandWorks, a local planning firm, to assess the current capacity and future needs of the Greater Vergennes area in regard to providing quality child care for newborns to 5 year-olds.

The Greater Vergennes area is currently served by a variety of licensed providers and registered home providers, including the Evergreen Preschool and the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union (ANWSU) Early Education Program in Vergennes. Each provider has different options and requirements for enrollment, as well as diverse curriculums. The committee is looking for feedback from residents and employees that work in the Greater Vergennes area about their child care needs. Surveys will first be distributed on Town Meeting Day in each of the five towns, as well as online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/greater_vergennes_child_care_survey. Additional paper copies of the survey can be obtained by contacting Sarah Pelkey at LandWorks, 802.388.3011, sarah@landworksvt.com. For more information about the needs assessment study, please contact Kevin Rooney at 802.989.0959."