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Bennington County Head Start

Bennington County Head Start gives preschool children and their families the right building blocks for learning, parenting, and life.Head Start Hands Circle (2)

Bennington County Head Start provides early education classes promoting school readiness and family opportunities to strengthen families to Bennington County residents with sites in the following towns:

  • Bennington
  • Pownal
  • Manchester

What We Offer
Children between the ages of 3 and 5 can enroll if their families meet federal income guidelines. All Head Start pre-school services between 8 am – 12 pm are FREE for eligible families; however, the afternoon/full day (12 pm – 4 pm) is considered child care and there is a fee (state subsidy accepted or parents self-pay). Download enrollment application here:  1 Head Start Enrollment Application Feb 2016Head Start Enrollment Application For more information regarding state subsidy, please visit www.brightfutures.dcf.state.vt.us.

Head Start offers services designed to meet each child’s (and each family’s) specific needs in a safe setting.

Children with disabilities are welcome and spaces are reserved for children with special needs.

To view the Bennington County Head Start mission statement, click here: mission statement

HEAD START REPORTS

Bennington County Head Start is recognized and accredited for quality programs. To deliver the care and enrichment pre-school children need, we carefully plan and evaluate our programs. Here are some of the documents we use to improve quality and meet needs.

Head Start Program Information Report
Pursuant to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Head Start grantees must make available to the public an annual report that discloses certain information. The following is the most recent program year report for Bennington County Head Start. View our most recent PIR here: 2014-2015 PIR Full Report

Self-Assessment Summary Report
The purpose of the Self Assessment is to meet Head Start Performance Standard 1305.3- Determining Community Strengths and Needs. The information from this assessment is used to set long and short-term program objectives, determine services most needed, and provide governing bodies with relevant information about the service area. Download our most recent assessment report: SelfAssmtImprovmtPlan 2015-2016

Community Assessment Update
The purpose of the Community Assessment is to meet Head Start Performance Standard 1305.3- Determining Community Strengths and Needs. The information from this assessment is used to set long and short-term program objectives, determine services most needed, and provide governing bodies with relevant information about the service area. The most recent community assessment can be found here: Community Assessment 2014 ALL SECTIONS

Current school year calendar available here:  5 2015-2016 Calendar-Parents&Handbook

Parent Handbook
The Parent Handbook provides useful information, including our annual calendar for parents and guardians of children enrolled in Bennington County Head Start.  View current parent handbook here:

School Readiness Goals
The school readiness goals were identified in collaboration with the Vermont early childhood community as indicators of school readiness success. The goals can be viewed here: 7 SR Goals 2014-15 final report

Program Plan
If you ever wanted to know about how the program operates, our Program Plan provides all the detail (it’s a lot!). It includes information about Education; our Disabilities Plan; Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance; Transportation; Facilities; and Health.  View our most recent program plan:  8 BCHS Monitoring & Reporting Plan 2015-2016

UCS/UCH Annual Report
The annual report outlines the programs and services provided by United Counseling Service, including Head Start/United Children’s Services. You can click here to view the 2014-2015 UCH Annual Report. Previous year reports are available here: Annual Reports

Community Resource Guide includes various information about local agencies and organizations such as phone numbers, addresses, hours of operation, etc. View here: 9 Community Resource Guide 2015-2016

Child AND Family Outcomes
Bennington County Head Start Child Outcomes can be viewed here: 10 Midpoint child outcomes 2015-16/Final-2013-2014-Child-Outcomes-Summary-of-Info.pdf”>; Final 2013-2014 Child Outcomes Summary of Info

Bennington County Head Start Family Outcomes can be viewed here: Final 2013-2014 Family Service Outcomes Report

 

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For an enrollment application click here:  1 Head Start Enrollment Application Feb 2016

For more information or to enroll, contact:

Head Start
2 Park Street
North Bennington, VT 05257
Phone: 802-442-3686
Fax: 802-447-3423

Bennington County Head Start is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for adherence to high quality standards. For more information about NAEYC, please visit their website at www.naeyc.org.  It is also recognized as a 5-STARS program for high quality early childhood education by the Vermont Agency of Human Services, and in addition to federal regulations the program also follows Vermont State Licensing Standards through the Child Development Division (dcf.vermont.gov).

Some other informational websites include the National Head Start Association at www.nhsa.org and the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center at www.eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov.

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