United Children's Services

Annual Report 2020-21

School Readiness

Last year, we reported on changes in how we delivered services and impacts on School Readiness Goals data resulting from the interruption to learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year we continue to see the effects of the public health crisis on children’s learning and development, though in different ways from last year. 

In 2020–21, almost all children were enrolled in our onsite programs, with only a couple of children enrolled fully virtual for the entire school year. The program used a hybrid learning schedule, with four onsite full days and one virtual learning day each week. 

All children enrolled were assessed at the Fall Baseline, Winter Midpoint, and Spring Final Progress checkpoints this year. Teachers’ curriculum heavily emphasized lessons and experiences in Social and Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, and Approaches to Learning, as part of the School Readiness goals. In general, this year’s enrolled children showed the lowest incoming baseline data that we have ever seen at the program level. 

Overall, the children made good progress. However, for most domain areas of learning, we would like to see additional progress before school transition for the four-year-olds in our program: as the children most impacted by the pandemic, it is yet to be determined how long it will take for them to make up the loss of learning. There is also a significantly higher percentage of enrolled children receiving disabilities services than in previous years. This year, 25% of enrolled preschoolers have an active Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and 55% of enrolled infants and toddlers have an active Individualized Family Support Plan/Vermont One Plan. 

Percent of children meeting/exceeding age-level expectation:

Social and Emotional Development   
96% of infants and toddlers  •  87% of three-year-olds  •  62% of four-year-olds (increased 30% from fall) 

Language Development   
75% of infants and toddlers  • 88% of three-year-olds  •  77% of four-year-olds (increased 24% from fall) 

Literacy Development   
95% of infants and toddlers  •  73% of three-year-olds  •  71% of four-year-olds (increased 42% from fall) 

Mathematics   
87% of infants and toddlers  •  78% of three-year-olds  •  57% of four-year-olds (increased 32% from fall) 

Approaches to Learning  
95% of infants and toddlers  •  82% of three-year-olds  •  57% of four-year-olds (increased 14% from fall) 

Physical Development   
98% of infants and toddlers  •  89% of three-year-olds  •  93% of four-year-olds (increased 68% from fall) 

Scientific Reasoning   
99% of preschoolers emerging or meets program expectation 

Revenue FY 2020-21

US Department of Health & Human Services 

$ 2,895,772 

State/Local Contracts 

$ 1,545,174 

Miscellaneous 

$  128,780 

Total Revenue 

$ 4,569,726 

Expenses FY 2020-21

Salaries 

$ 2,328,196 

Fringe 

$ 636,005 

Other Personnel Costs 

$ 415,453 

Operating Expenses 

$ 638,847 

Travel & Transportation 

$ 133,828 

Building Expenses 

$ 404,574 

Miscellaneous Expenses 

$   12,823 

Total Expenses 

$ 4,569,726 

2021

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