SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Springfield Area Parent Child Center recently received a two-year grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to support the Same Page Initiative for the next two years. This initiative is designed to offer optimum education opportunities through collaboration and unique partnerships benefiting every child that will eventually attend kindergarten.
The team that has been implementing the Same Page Initiative are Ellen Taetzsch, from Building Bright Futures; Molly Oglesby from Windham Northeast Supervisory Union; Rachel Hunter from the Springfield School District; and Stacey Sanderson from Springfield Area Parent Child Center. They have been successful in hosting four all-day trainings for early childhood educators, including preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, and support staff. They’ve received wonderful feedback and have been able to create mentoring relationships between preschool and kindergarten teachers so both are able to learn from each other’s strengths.
Bennington school district has recently been added as a pilot site to the program. The team is hard at work identifying goals for the next year, which the Vermont Community Foundation grant will go a long way toward supporting.