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Bennington County Head Start receives 5-STARS

United Counseling Service is happy to report that all three of their Head Start centers have once again achieved Five STARS, from the Vermont Department for Children and Families. STARS (Step Ahead Recognition System) is Vermont’s quality recognition system for child care, preschool and afterschool programs. Programs may be recognized in five areas including, regulatory history, staff qualifications, families and communities and administration. Five-star programs are outstanding in all areas which include going above and beyond state regulations to provide professional services to meet the needs of children and families.

“We are proud to have earned the Five STARS rating from the State of Vermont and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Betsy Rathbun-Gunn, Director of Early Childhood Services. “This rating lets the community and the families we serve know that the children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experience as possible.”

Bennington County Head Start supports early childhood education and development through highly trained teachers, development of school readiness skills, commitment to continuous improvement and a focus on family engagement. Head Start is for children between the ages of 3 and 5 with locations in Manchester, North Bennington and Manchester. For information on Bennington County Head Start or any of United Counseling Service’s programs visit

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