- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Seven Vermont communities are going to be participating in a two-year program to help vulnerable children.

The Agency of Human Services says the “Promise Communities” program will get guidance from special coaches to develop a plan that will unite education, social services, health care and the private sector to better support children with high needs.

The communities that will be participating are Barre City and Barre Town, Bellows Falls, a portion of Brattleboro, portions of Franklin County, the city of Rutland, St. Johnsbury and Winooski.

Vermont Public Radio (https://bit.ly/1IkOmr5 ) reports the communities were chosen by a committee that evaluated economic, education and child care data.

The communities will be eligible to receive grants of up to $200,000. The money comes from a $36.9 million federal grant.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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