On October 23, 2015

Early Educator of the Year awards go to Vermont child care providers

KILLINGTON—Rick Davis, co-founder of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, announced both the finalist and winner of Vermont’s first Early Educator of the Year Award on Oct. 16, at the annual conference of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) held at the Killington Grand Hotel. The award winner, Geralyn (Gerri) Barrows, New Haven resident and owner of Discovery Hill Family Child Care and Preschool, was named the 2015 Early Educator of the Year. Shelburne resident and owner of Puddle Jumpers, Elsa Bosma, was the award finalist.

The Permanent Fund created the Early Educator of the Year Award to recognize and celebrate excellence in the teaching of Vermont’s young children and bring attention to the importance of high quality care and early education.

“Today we honor and celebrate Gerri and Elsa, two early educators who consistently go above and beyond to positively impact the lives of our youngest Vermonters,” said Davis. “Besides parents, early educators are a child’s first teacher. Their work lays such an important foundation for a child’s growth and future.”

Both Barrows and Bosma has have received national accreditation from the National Association for Family Child Care and have achieved all five STARS in Vermont’s STep Ahead Recognition System, indicating programs of exceptional quality. In addition, Barrows received a $5,000 award from the Permanent Fund as well as all expenses paid to the VAEYC annual conference and one national conference. As award finalist, Bosma received $1,000 and all expenses paid to attend the VAEYC conference.

In this first year of the award, the Permanent Fund accepted nominations for home-based providers who: have at least 4 STARS in Vermont’s STep Ahead Recognition System; have been in business for three years or more; demonstrate a commitment to professional, quality early education programs; include innovative approaches to a child’s learning, social emotional development and physical growth; are committed to furthering their own education in childhood development; and, serve as a resource to the families they work with.

The Early Educator of the Year Award selection committee was made up of leaders in early education and child development: Dr. Laurel Bongiorno (Champlain College); Julie Coffey (Building Bright Futures); Scott Johnson (Lamoille Family Center); Reeva Murphy (State of Vermont Department for Children and Families); and Bethany Hale (T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT).

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts

Robert Hecker appointed to Killington Select Board

May 15, 2024
By Curt Peterson Robert Hecker has been appointed to take Steve Finneron’s seat on the Killington Select Board. The announcement came after an executive session Monday night May 13. The position lasts until next Town Meeting Day vote, when voters will choose the person to fulfill the remaining year of Finneron’s term.  Hecker was one…

Town resolves eminent domain 

May 15, 2024
Deal with landowner called ‘win-win’ By Polly Mikula The town of Killington will not pursue an eminent domain hearing scheduled for May 20, having recently resolved the case with the landowner.  Eva Nagymihaly and her sister, Theresa Rust, own land on the east side at the base of Killington Road to the intersection with Route…

Logging company fined for wetland and water quality impacts in Bridgewater, Thetford

May 15, 2024
The Agency of Natural Resources Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Vermont Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) announced May 8 that Thomson Timber Harvesting and Trucking LLC (Thompson Timber), a company that performs logging activities in Vermont, was fined $32,550 for violating the Vermont Wetland Rules and failing to follow acceptable management practices (AMPs) for…

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum celebrates expansion

May 15, 2024
By Polly Mikula Saturday, May 11, Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum held a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Merchants Row downtown. While the museum relocated to its current location (66 Merchants Row) last spring, this was the first time the organization has celebrated that expansion. The move allowed Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum to tripled in size with new…