Start with the Arts Family & Community Engagement Program open for applications

Openings are available for the fall session of Start With The Arts and our newest program Family & Community Engagement!

VSA Vermont is now accepting applications for the Fall session of our Start with the Arts program, for home-based registered child care providers AND for our NEW Family & Community Engagement Program, a program designed for registered providers who have already completed our Start with the Arts Program. Both programs are scheduled to begin in October, with a limited number of openings in each program . To be considered providers must submit an application by September 16, 2016. The applications are available online: Home Provider application (.docx)Community and Family Engagement application (.docx)

And a little more about our newest program….

VSA Vermont’s Start with the Arts Family & Community Engagement Program

is designed for home based childcare providers who have completed our Start with the Arts Program.

We’re so proud of Start With The Arts childcare providers, Erica Brooks, Erin McKechnie, Nancy Munn, and Linda Sweeney, and Start With The Arts teaching-artists, Cheryl Wells and Lisa Condino, who used skills learned in Facilitative Leadership training and from their participation in Start With The Arts to help us design a new professional development opportunity for childcare providers. Along with VSA Vermont’s Director of Children’s Programming, Peggy Rainville, and VSA Vermont’s Executive Director, Judy Chalmer, the team has created a professional development model intended for childcare providers who have graduated from Start With The Arts in engaging families in arts-based literacy activities and connecting with their local libraries. After a trial run with childcare providers Lynn Roberts, Alicia Watts and Melissa Benjamin, VSA Vermont is ready to bring this program to more providers throughout the state. As some of the participating childcare providers said,

“I’m closer to my families. The trust is on a different level. I moved out of my comfort zone and I’m problem solving with parents… I think I can tackle almost anything. Hand me something. With a little support I can do it.”

Many thanks to the A.D. Henderson Foundation for supporting the development of this new project to increase family-child engagement in arts-based literacy.

For more information about Start With The Arts and the Family & Community Engagement Program, or with questions about the application process, contact Peggy Rainville, Director of Children’s Programming, at (802) 871-5418 or