Winston Prouty celebrates 50th anniversary
2019 is a big milestone for the Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development as we celebrate 50 years of service to children and families.
Founded in 1969, the Center started as First Chance, one of the first programs in the country exclusively for preschool children with special needs. Incorporated in 1972 as The Winston Prouty Center, our name honors Senator Winston Prouty of Vermont who co-sponsored the Handicapped Children’s Early Education Assistance Act of 1968. This law allowed for the funding of model programs for preschoolers with special needs creating access to effective early interventions. Built into the law were provisions for parents to receive appropriate supports so that a child could remain home with their families. This early work led to the development of inclusive early education programs nationwide and the growth in knowledge about the educational needs of all young children.
Early Learning Center News
Happy New Year! A New Year brings renewal, a fresh start, New Year Resolutions. The Acorn Room too welcomes new families to our room. As the ELC continues to grow, it is exciting to see our infant program grow as well. Some of our older infants will be joining the Willow Room as younger friends will be starting in Acorn this month. We would like to welcome the Doyle family. We are so happy you have joined our family here at Winston Prouty.
We will be spending the month getting to know our new friends, establishing and reestablishing relationships and bonds. We will be learning from each other as we spend this first year together. As we extend our program to include more infants we will still honor and foster the relationships and bonds we have made this fall and will have many times during the day to join both groups together. Here’s to a new year of discovery, growth and invention!
The month of December was very exciting. We started the month with our new group of 3 year olds, five of them to be exact, turned 3 the same week. Rue, Cortland, Alex D., Alex H. and Payton. We learned about Hanukkah and the oil that lasted 8 days. We made a menorah and placed pretend candles each night. We also made latkes and blue playdough. Then we announced that the whole Maple Room; the children, teachers and materials, were moving next door to the vacant classroom. Everyone was so excited, and couldn’t wait to play in our new room and with lots of help we moved next door. We made finger print “twinkle lights” to decorate our new room. Towards the end of the month, we prepared to learn about another holiday, Christmas. We added evergreens and jingle bells to the sensory table, and sand Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, and Jingle Bells almost every day. We gave our corn kernels to the squirrels as a special gift and made gifts for our parents.
We look forward to 2019 and will be enjoying the official start of winter! We will hope for lots snow to play in, and hopefully enjoy some sledding and learn about ice and other winter weather. We really want to make a new snowman as we miss our Frosty
Eyes are watching
Ears are listening
This is how we listen
This how we listen
At group time
At group time
Dates to Remember
Monday, January 21 – Center closed for All Staff In-service
Wednesday, February 6 – ELC closes at 3:30 for staff meeting
Monday, February 19 – Center closed for Presidents Day
Celebrations & Recognitions
1/2 – Happy birthday, Chloe (Executive Director)
1/10 – Jade is 3
1/12 – Happy birthday, Evon (Family Supportive Housing Coordinator)
1/21 – Kai is 4
1/28 – Madison is 3
Resources & Events for Families
How are Vermont’s Young Children report released
Building Bright Future’s sixth annual report provides a factual, data-driven depiction of the well-being of young children and families in Vermont, with selected indicators and outcomes for the early care, health, and education systems. It serves as a useful tool for government leaders, service providers, parents and caregivers, educators, and other community members interested in improving neighborhoods and communities to better support a safe, healthy, and prosperous future for Vermont. More information
Winston Prouty Center partners on New Mom’s Network
In partnership with Brattleboro Memorial Hosptial, Winston Prouty will now help organize the Brattleboro New Mom’s Network. The Network has a very active Facebook group with over 750 local parents and caregivers sharing ideas and support in a safe space. They also meet bi-weekly at BMH with presenters sharing a range of topics, including baby yoga, baby wearing, breastfeeding, sleeping, postpartum feelings, dental health, starting solids and much more. Connect with the Network on the Facebook