BRATTLEBORO >> Winston Prouty was one of eight child care programs in Vermont that is sharing $57,600 in Building Bright Spaces for Bright Futures Fund Grants from the Vermont Community Loan Fund.

Winston Prouty Center for Child Development received $15,000 for renovations at its new location as the former home of the Austine School of the Deaf.

Other organizations awarded grants include Children's Early Learning Space, Waterbury; Kiddie Garden, Swanton; Little Dipper's Doodle Children's Center, St. Johnsbury; Little Lambs of Orchard Valley Waldorf School, East Montpelier; Mountain Village School, Stowe; Orwell Village School of Mary Johnson Child Care Center, Middlebury; and Suzy's Little Peanuts Dayschool, Ascutney.

Funded by legislative appropriations, contributions and revenue from a special-issue license plate, the grants are allocated for starting, relocating, expanding, or improving a Vermont child care program's physical facility and/or accessibility.

Grantees must be participants in the STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS), Vermont's quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and after school programs.

"The Loan Fund is proud to administer these important grants," said VCLF Executive Director Will Belongia. "The Building Bright Spaces for Bright Futures Fund is having a tremendous impact, increasing the quality and availability of early care & education programs throughout Vermont."