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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 166

House concurrent resolution recognizing the academic achievements of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s Essential Early Education and Early Education Initiative Programs

Offered by:  Representative Jewett of Ripton

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

Whereas, Public law 94-142, popularly known as the federal “Education of All Handicapped Children Act,” was enacted in 1975 to help prekindergarten‑age children with special learning needs maximize their educational potential, and

Whereas, this worthy endeavor was implemented first under the auspices of Essential Early Education (EEE) and later with Early Education Initiative (EEI) programs that are designed to provide supplemental instruction to children between the ages of 3 and 5 identified with developmental difficulties, and

Whereas, in the Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) district, John Murphy served as the program’s first director, and 

Whereas, EEE activities in the ACSU began as an outreach program, with visits to homes, day care centers, and playgroups, and

Whereas, in the early 1980s, the district EEE classroom-based instruction was based on a model from the High-Scope Education Foundation, and initially used space at the Bridport Grange Hall, relocating on several occasions from Bridport to the Community House Cottage in Middlebury, to the Mary Hogan School, to the Addison Vocational Center, and ultimately back to the Mary Hogan School, its present home, and

Whereas, typically, the overall EEE program, which does not have an annual enrollment limit, serves 30 to 40 students per academic year, and

Whereas, during the past decade, the availability of additional funding has enabled the ACSU to offer instruction for youngsters deemed as being at risk for school success and an EEI course, and

Whereas, in 2008, the ACSU’s early education programs for children in need include:  the centralized research-based classroom; speech, occupational, and physical therapy; outreach to child care providers; child evaluations; identification of children at risk; parent and teacher education; transition to kindergarten; and advocacy and referral services, and

Whereas, the talented faculty and administrators who were associated with the outstanding EEE or EEI programs in the ACSU for extended tenures have included:  program director, John Murphy (20 years); EEE classroom teacher, Kathy Reynolds (27 years); speech language pathologist, Molly Fitzpatrick (23 years); special educator, Kay McDonough (15 years); classroom paraprofessional, Linda Kirby (15 years); early childhood teacher, Donna Lee (10 years); and special educator, Jill Christiana (8 years), now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the academic achievements of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s Essential Early Education and Early Education Initiative programs, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Addison Central Supervisory Union in Middlebury.





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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont