New England Youth Theatre
Expanding NEYT’s Town Schools Theatre Program
The Town School Theatre program currently offers free afterschool arts education to at least 50 students from local public elementary schools. Students from these schools are provided with transportation to NEYT, where they rehearse, and ultimately perform a play. NEYT staff coordinates efforts with principals, guidance counselors, and support professionals to understand students’ behavior plans and personal life circumstances. The program was piloted with Brattleboro’s three elementary schools in 2015 as a means of developing important life skills to help students succeed in both educational and social settings. For the upcoming three year grant period, NEYT will expand the program to include 50 more students from three more area schools.
Start With The Arts Family & Community Engagement
VSA Vermont will add a second tier of professional development to its successful Start With The Arts (SWTA) early literacy program. Tier 1 SWTA will continue to provide arts-based literacy activities for children ages 0-5 and professional development for providers to advance in skills and quality levels. The new Tier 2 Family & Community Engagement (FCE) program helps providers who have completed Tier 1 SWTA to address a challenging aspect of quality programming, increasing positive interactions between childcare providers and families, and between adults and children within families. The program in both components serves approximately 225 children annually at 42 home-based and small center childcare sites across the state.