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Vermont Receives $33.4 Million Grant for PreK Programming

Early education programs in Windham Southeast and Windham Central supervisory unions will share in a $33 million, four-year federal grant that was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services.

Vermont was one of 13 states included in the $250 million federal investment in early education programs which was given out to states that had shown a commitment to expanding pre-kindergarten education. Five additional states with less-developed pre-k programs received development grants.

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President Signs Child Care Bill

On November 19th President Obama signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance to families, and funds quality initiatives for child care. The law, which Congress passed with strong bipartisan support, reauthorizes the child care program for the first time since 1996 and represents an historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. To read the full announcement from the Education & the Workforce Committee click here. You can watch video of the signing here.