Saturday August 24, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Due to the support of Vermont Birth to Three, The Henderson Foundation and local donors, Windham Child Care Association will soon begin offering a Substitute Program, which will be available to registered and licensed child care programs in the region.

The availability of substitutes is part of a larger effort by the organization to offer a Shared Services Business Model, which was piloted last year with an initial investment from the Vermont Birth to Three project. The Shared Services model aims to improve the quality of child care by reducing overhead costs and saving time for registered and licensed child care programs.

These cost savings will be obtained through discounted goods and services from local businesses, shared curriculum and materials, and a pool of well trained and subsidized substitute teachers.

The Henderson Foundation recently provided $25,000 to support the continuation of this project, including funds to train and subsidize a pool of substitute child care providers. The substitute pool will provide much needed relief for programs whom are pressed to find help when they need it.

This relief will allow the providers to take time for their personal needs, complete necessary paperwork, attend professional development courses, and be sick for a day or two without closing their doors.


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Currently, few of them have this option and it makes an already challenging vocation even more so. By providing access to more time and money, it is hoped to relieve some of the many stressors that affect child care professionals.

Substitute child care providers are now being hired. The organization will provide training, support, mentoring and placement for interested individuals. Trainings will start in September. For more information, contact Nancy Witherill at 802-254-5332 ext. 312.