Education Notes

Children’s Literacy Foundation and Champlain Valley Head Start events at museum
Shelburne Museum will be the setting Friday and Saturday for storytellers, book giveaways and children from Champlain Valley Head Start child care programs.

An at-risk children grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation is funding the events from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The goal of the collaboration is to introduce young children served by Champlain Valley Head Start to the museum through fun, inspiring stories and activities, and books to take home.

CLiF presenter and author/illustrator Jim Arnosky will share songs, illustrations and stories with preschoolers at the museum on Friday. Children will also explore the museum’s Circus Building, create finger puppets, and ride the carousel.

On Saturday, as a part of Head Start’s Fall Open House, CLiF Executive Director and storyteller Duncan McDougall will share stories with children from Head Start programs in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties of Vermont.

In addition to giving each child two books to take home, CLiF will  donate an on-site children’s book library to the Champlain Valley Head Start classrooms.

Karen Petersen, director of education and public programs at Shelburne Museum, said the program at the museum is a good fit. “Books can help bring to life the art, objects, and buildings of the past in ways that engage and excite young children,” she said. “We know that early exposure to the arts encourages exploration, imagination, creativity, and risk-taking.”

UVM offers new Healthcare Management and Leadership certification program
The University of Vermont announced the launch of its new Healthcare Management and Leadership Professional Certificate Program, with the first session of the five-seminar series taking place this fall. The program is designed to prepare health and human services professionals with practical hands-on tools, techniques, and templates to succeed in the field.

The program consists of five day-long interactive seminars that focus on best practices and practical solutions to the biggest challenges facing today’s health services managers, leaders, and administrators. Topics include planning, decision-making, project management, change management, employee engagement, and leadership.

Registration is open for the fall session, which takes place Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and 17, and Dec. 1 and 8 in South Burlington. For more details, visit

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