NO. R-143.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the Washington County area early childhood community's designation as a 2003 Communities of Excellence Award winner.

(S.C.R.20)

Offered by:  Senator Scott of Washington County, Senator Cummings of Washington County and Senator Doyle of Washington County.

Whereas, the Washington County Area early childhood community coordinates the provision of health, education, and other early childhood services to the residents of Washington County, and

Whereas, annually, the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention (FICC) and Communities Can! select, on a national basis, five communities to be recipients of the Communities of Excellence Award, and

Whereas, the award honors those communities which have exhibited outstanding performance in the coordination and unification of early childhood services, and

Whereas, in reviewing applicants for this prestigious honor, Washington County’s submission so impressed the reviewers with both the community’s coordination of early childhood services and the quality, breadth and family centered approach of the programs offered that the Vermont entrant was designated one of the five national winners of the Communities of Excellence Award, and

Whereas, in association with the award’s presentation, the Steering Committee of the Central Vermont early childhood committee has designated five individuals from different community organizations, including Carol L. Noyes, parent and Success by Six team co-leader; Meg Baker, community organizer, Central Vermont Early Childhood Council; Maria D’Haene, coordinator, early childhood mental health programs, Washington County Mental Health; Lee S. Lauber, executive director, Family Center of Washington County; and Theresa Moretti Elder, public health nurse supervisor, Vermont Department of Health to represent the community in Washington D.C. June 8-10, and

Whereas, delegation members will have the opportunity to learn from, share ideas with, and engage in a dialogue with representatives from the federal agencies responsible for many of the policies affecting early childhood programs, and

Whereas, the Washington County early childhood community can be proud to be among one of only five recipients in the entire nation of the Communities of Excellence Award, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Washington County area early childhood community on the community’s being named a 2003 recipient of the Communities of Excellence Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Meg Baker at the Central Vermont Early Childhood Council in Barre.