Landon Awards

Vermont – S. Whitney Landon Awards

The S. Whitney Landon Awards are presented each year, in Vermont, for programs which have achieved breakthrough results in the delivery of services to the youngest at-risk children, and their families, using innovative and creative strategies.

These agencies generally have been active with the early childhood system in their community and advocate at the local, regional, state and/or national level for the well-being of our youngest children and their families.

Year 2021 was the twenty-sixth year of the Awards!

In each year of the competition, the top award winner receives $25,000. Runners-up receive $2,500. Consideration for this award happens each April.

The recent award recipients are listed below, by year. The top award winner for each year is listed first, followed by the runners-up.

Cobleigh Public Library


The 2021 S. Whitney Landon Awards were focused on topics that are being addressed in Turrell Fund’s Early Learning & Development Exchange initiative: Climate Change; More Than Hope (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion); and the Scope of Early Learning & Development. A total of $30,000 in unrestricted grants was awarded.

2021 S. Whitney Landon Award Recipients:

  • Addison County Parent Child Center, Middlebury, VT
  • Northshire Day School, Manchester, VT
  • The Children’s Room, Waterbury, VT
  • Mary Johnson’s Children’s Center, Middlebury, VT
  • Burlington Children’s Space, Burlington, VT
  • Vermont Humanities Council, Montpelier, VT
  • Early Care and Learning Partnership, Vergennes, VT
  • Turtle Island Children’s Center, Montpelier, VT
  • Natural Wonders Childcare, Northfield, VT
  • Ascension Child Care, Shelburne, VT
  • Thickets, Montpelier, VT
  • Nature’s Ninxs Pre-K, Adamant, VT
  • Essex Westford School District, Essex Junction, VT


In light of the challenges caused by the pandemic, the Turrell Fund Trustees have decided to distribute the 2020 Landon Grant funds to benefit ten organizations instead of awarding our traditional winner and two runners up.

The following organizations had the highest scoring applications and each will receive a $3,000 award.

  • Addison County Parent Child Center
  • Capstone Community Action
  • Early Education Resource Center of Waterbury
  • The Family Place
  • Good Beginnings of Central Vermont
  • Northeast Kingdom Early Learning Services
  • Stern Center for Language and Learning
  • Sunrise Family Resource Center
  • Vermont Family Network
  • Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development


King Street Youth Center

Burlington, VT (Chittenden County)

Friends Of North Branch Nature Center, Inc.

Montpelier, VT (Washington County)

Vermont Center for the Book

Chester,Windsor County)


Lamoille Family Center

Morrisville, VT (Lamoille County)

Howard Center, Inc.

Burlington, VT (Chittenden County)

Trinity Children’s Center

Burlington, VT (Chittenden County)


Janet S. Munt Family Room

Burlington, VT (Chittenden County)

Orange County Parent Child Center

Chelsea, VT (Orange County)

Robin’s Nest Children’s Center

Burlington, VT (Chittenden County)


Vermont Family Network

Williston, VT (Chittenden County)

The Community Health Center of Burlington

Burlington, VT (Chittenden County)

Trinity Children’s Center

Burlington, VT (Chittenden County)


Mary Johnson Children’s Center

Middlebury, VT (Addison County)

VSA Vermont, Inc.

Essex Junction, VT (Chittenden County)

YMCA – Greater Burlington

Burlington, VT (Chittenden County)


Sunrise Family Resource Center

Bennington, VT (Bennington County)

Vermont Family Network

Williston, VT (Chittenden County)

Windham Child Care Association, Inc.

Brattleboro, VT (Windham County)


Burlington Children’s Space, Inc.

Burlington, VT (Chittenden County)

Rutland County Parent-Child Center

Rutland, VT (Rutland County)

For a complete list of S. Whitney Landon Award recipients, please click here

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