Millennia Helps State of Vermont Secure $70M for Early Childhood Education Programs

Millennia Consulting’s Senior Consultant David Steven Rappoport was pleased to work with the State of Vermont on a successful application to the federal Department of Education for Preschool Development Grant-Expansion (PDG) funds. Initially, $7.3M of an anticipated $33M was awarded. In combination with David’s work with Vermont last year on their successful Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge application, Millennia has now assisted Vermont in securing about $70M in anticipated funding for early childhood programs and infrastructure.

Vermont was one of only 18 states to receive PDG funding, and Vermont’s proposal was among the most highly rated in the competition.

“This is a huge win for Vermont and particularly for our most vulnerable children,” said Vermont’s Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe. “This grant will provide support for initial implementation statewide of universal Pre-Kindergarten programs (PreK) and targets children who are currently most in need of services.”

Governor Peter Shumlin said, “We know that investments in our youngest children pay huge dividends in their ability to achieve in school and succeed in life. We will use this money to directly expand access to quality early education for Vermont children most in need.”

By the end of this grant, Vermont will be serving 70% of all four-year olds at or below 200% of poverty statewide, or about 1,818 children, in full-day, high-quality PreK. As Vermont moves towards universal PreK, these additional, targeted federal resources will allow PreK programs to grow more rapidly to meet the increased demand and will supplement state PreK spending to improve quality and expand programs from part day to full day.

A total of 33 sub-grantees, including all seven of Vermont’s Head Start programs and 26 of Vermont’s Supervisory Unions and Districts in approximately 150 high-needs communities statewide, have formally agreed to participate. The state’s proposal allows for additional interested programs to participate over the course of the grant period as well.

Millennia Consulting provides an array of services to help organizations succeed.  Its grant writing and related services help institutions identify and achieve critical goals in proposal-based fund development. Millennia Consulting provides comprehensive services including opportunity research (organization-wide or for specific programs or capital campaigns), grant writing (to both public and private funding sources), proposal review, grants management, design and implementation of grant making programs, external review of proposals (for funders), and training and coaching. We work with non-profits, government, businesses and philanthropies.

For more information, contact David Steven Rappoport at Rappoport@consultmillennia.com.