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New Directors:  Welcome Nicole Miller in Orleans Southwest replacing Jim Carrien.  Welcome Brian O' Grady replacing Lynn Feal Staub for Wings.

A New Directors folder has been added with important nuts and bolts resources specific to folks who are starting out.

Fee structures and the recession:  In more than one conversation last week, it appears that there is a theme that when charges go over $3 for programming in a day in higher poverty areas, attendance of the most needy kids can or is declining, sometimes at alarming rates.  It is crucial to remember that by accepting 21C dollars, "we will not turn away anyone for lack of money."  Is the $3 amount a cut point that many needy families cannot afford?  In two cases, going to $5 had a seriously negative impact.  It is suggested to maintain a fee structure, but to work with families in creative ways to support the program in any way they can while getting fees from those that can afford it.  Please comment in the box below to add your thoughts on this important issue, noting the poverty level of your community, for example within your comment to help inform the issue.


Download the New 21C Safety Guidelines and in the  Safety and Health folder. 


Upcoming State Events


(1)   Grantee Applicant Workshop:                  Oct 9,   Randolph, VT

(2)   Conference Call-Coffee Shop:                  Oct 14

(3)   Grantee Applicant Workshop:                  Oct 16, Stowe, VT

(4)   Lights On!                                              October 22         

(5)   Vermont Afterschool Conference:             Oct 23, Burlington, VT

(6)   Filemaker Pro Training                             Nov 6, Montpelier, VT


Brochure Posting:  When you post your brochure for each site please put "Brochure2009sitename" as the downloadable file so it can be found easily.  Each site needs to have a fall 2009 brochure on the wiki.


Flu Basics: Go to this page: H1n1



Grant Competition


Go to: http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_federal/21st_CCLC.html

  -Three successful applications were posted on the website above on 10/1/09

  -Copies of three reports posted on website above: (Learning Gains, 10 elements report, APR State Report)-9/25/07

  - Applicant trainings are scheduled for October 9th and 16th, 2009. Letters of Intent are due November 20th, 2009. Applications are due February 12th, 2010.


 Other  Info and News


From Lindsay Simpson, Physical Education Coordinator at VTDOE


     Come and explore the compelling neuroscience of movement on learning

 and sample practical ways to bring effective, well timed movement opportunities to your school or classroom on Nov 6th. 

 More Info click on Brain-Body Training 


From the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger and VTDOE Child Nutrition Office


Simplified CACFP Application Available Soon! Taking examples from other states, the Campaign worked with the Child Nutrition Division at the Vermont Department of Education to shorten the lengthy application for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which had long been cited by providers as a barrier to participation.

The simplified application, shortened from 45 to 9 pages, will help increase CACFP participation, allow providers to enroll faster, begin receiving reimbursements sooner, and bring money into the state that would otherwise be forfeited. It is currently being formatted at the Vermont Department of Education and will go out to interested providers this month!




http://www.vtafterschool.org/agenda.htm Add More Flavor to Your Afterschool Program and Get Paid to Do It at the Afterschool Conference on Friday, October 23rd.  This workshop will explain how federal nutrition programs can benefit the children in your community and serve as a sustainable source of funding for your afterschool program.  To view all workshops:


Child Care Reimbursement Rate Increase: The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) will meet in early October to give final approval to changing the fee scale from the 2000 Federal Poverty Level to 2009

We are assuming that change will be approved, so are now fully engaged in planning for implementation, effective January 3, 2010.- Commissioner Steve Dale, DCF




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