Local Educator graduates from Early Childhood Leadership Institute

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MANCHESTER — Alyson Grzyb of Sunderland has graduated from the Snelling Center for Government's Early Childhood Leadership Institute.

The commencement ceremony for the Class of 2017 was held on October 28, 2017 at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe with Jane Lindholm, host of the award-winning Vermont Public Radio program "Vermont Edition," delivering the keynote address.

Grzyb is currently the Co-Director at Bennington Early Childhood Center in Bennington. As a participant in the Early Childhood Leadership Institute, Grzyb joined 24 other leaders from around the state for six overnight sessions with twelve seminar days from May to October. Graduates were recognized for their dedication to gaining leadership skills and a deeper understanding of the science and landscape of early childhood issues in Vermont and their commitment to making greater contributions in their organizations, communities and state moving forward.

As host and creator of "But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids," Lindholm was well-suited to address the crowd of early childhood professionals, and elicited chuckles as she shared some of the questions kids ask. Lindholm spoke of her own experiences in the world of early childhood as the mother of two young children, and applauded the class for their endless energy, often with boots on the ground themselves, in helping to raise the next generation of Vermonters.

The Early Childhood Leadership Institute is a unique leadership and personal transformative institute, initiated in 2014 to stimulate enthusiasm for and effective participation in efforts to improve early childhood work in Vermont. The Class of 2017 became the third graduating class, with Grzyb joining a professional network of more than 900 Vermont Leadership Network Alumni and 75 graduates of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute.

The Early Childhood Leadership Institute is an initiative of the 2014 Race to the Top, Early Learning Challenge grant. Applications for the Class of 2018 are currently being accepted through January 12, 2018. For more information or an application, visit www.snellingcenter.org or contact Director Suzanne Trahey at suzanne@snellingcenter.org.


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