November 29, 2014

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Public funding available for prekindergarten

St. George and Williston children between the ages of three and five are eligible for public funding for preschool for the 2013-2014 school year.

Publicly funded prekindergarten is defined as six to 10 hours of developmentally appropriate early learning experiences based on Vermont’s early learning standards.

Chittenden South Supervisory Union’s publicly funded prekindergarten programs are located in community private early care and education programs that meet specific quality standards, and a classroom in each of the kindergarten through grade 8 schools within the supervisory union. CSSU partners with more than 20 community early care and education programs, including the Bellwether School, Heartworks and Kinderstart.

The prekindergarten program offered in the public school is tuition free. The prekindergarten program offered through a community early care and education program may charge families the difference between their actual cost of providing the prekindergarten program and what CSSUpays. Families would continue to be charged fully for whatever care and education program the child attends beyond the 10 hours per week during the academic year. CSSU recommends that parents contact the prekindergarten program directly for information about tuition.

To apply, contact Wendy Clark at 383-1235 or [email protected], or visit the Chittenden South Supervisory Union website at www.cssu.org.

Free VSO concert for National Guard families

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is inviting members of the National Guard and their families to attend the Holiday Pops concert at the Flynn Center in Burlington on Saturday, Dec. 8, at no cost.

Comment sought on new regional plan draft

The Environment, Community, Opportunity and Sustainability Project steering committee—made up of representatives from 19 municipalities and 45 organizations in Chittenden County—is seeking public comment for draft regional plan strategies through Dec. 31.

Funded by a $1 million grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Project, the two-year project is designed to support efforts to plan and implement regional sustainable community development initiatives. It will also provide the basis for updating the Chittenden County Regional Plan, The Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the county’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

More information, copies of the current draft and details about the planning process are available at www.ecosproject.com.

Natural resources training session for development professionals

Real estate professionals, engineers, site technicians and others shaping future development in Vermont can learn more about how to incorporate natural resource planning into their work at a half-day training session offered through the Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

The session will run from 12:30-5:15 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Jericho Community Center.

Registration or more information about the workshop is available online at https://join.vnrc.org/a-new-way-of-seeing-the-landscape-training or by emailing Jamey Fidel at [email protected] or Kate McCarthy [email protected]

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