Established in 2011 as Vermont Birth to Three, the work of Vermont Birth to Five initially sought to address gaps and augment existing services to directly support registered family child care providers, with a specific focus on infant and toddler care. Over the next four years, the work expanded to include licensed center-based programs and children ages birth to five.

Vermont Birth to Five formed in July 2015 to combine two programs of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children – Vermont Birth to Three and the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative. This new entity will assure greater coordination of efforts toward achieving the Permanent Fund’s mission, which is to ensure that every Vermont child has access to high quality, affordable early care and education.

We know through reliable research that when children experience strong early relationships in enriching, high quality environments, they build a foundation for healthy development and successful learning. Through close collaboration with state agencies and community organizations, VB5 directly engages child care providers in projects designed to improve program quality. These include:

One-on-one mentoring; training and professional development; assistance in partnering with public schools; strategies for increasing access to care; models for comprehensive family supports; and methods for sustainable business practices.

High quality, sustainable early care and education in all its forms—play, rest, nutrition, safety, learning and more—this is the work of Vermont Birth to Five. It is our expectation and our commitment to Vermont children and families.

The Permanent Fund’s signature programs also include VB5’s sister organization, Let’s Grow Kids–a statewide campaign raising awareness of the importance of the first five years.