This annual event is hosted by the Turrell Fund in honor of Vermont organizations serving children and families. Those participating include: service providers, private funders, Vermont Agency of Human Services, Education and Health professionals, legislators and children’s advocates from all corners of the state. All in attendance are dedicated to improving the lives of all Vermont children and families.
This group of public servants and private philanthropists understand that they have been presented with a unique opportunity to make a positive and sustainable impact on the lives of our children. They are committed to collaboration and trusting partnerships. Invited speakers challenge those attending to examine their path, consider tough decisions and make any necessary adjustments. Speakers will motivate the audience to take action, dare to think long term, and improve the well-being for all children from cradle to career.
Established in 1935, the Turrell Fund is a private Foundation committed to improving child well-being in Vermont and designated areas in New Jersey. For the past ten years it has been a partner in the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative (VCPC), an initiative designed to build partnerships between private childcare providers and public schools to secure public funding for preschool for all Vermont children.
With the success of VCPC, Turrell turned its attention and support to the Birth to Five Vermont Project, an initiative launched by The Permanent Fund to focus on improving the quality of early education by supporting providers throughout Vermont. Turrell is also one of the funders of Vermont’s ‘Let’s Grow Kids’ Public Awareness campaign, designed to inform the public of the importance of high-quality early childhood education. In addition to these strategic investments, Turrell continues to fund capacity building, as well as program support for direct service agencies in Vermont. Their commitment to child well-being in Vermont is deep and strong.