Bennington County Head Start-Early Head Start locations reopened last week under a staggered start, with each location opening a different day. The UCS Infant Toddler Center in Bennington reopened on Monday, Pownal Head Start and North Bennington River Road locations both reopened on Tuesday, and North Bennington Park and West locations both reopened on Wednesday.
Staff have been preparing to meet new Health Guidance requirements issued by the Department of Health and Child Care Licensing for several weeks now. Some changes include daily health checks, including temperatures for staff and children, outdoor classroom spaces and additional outdoor play as much as possible throughout the program day, additional cleaning and sanitation points, a reduction in many classroom sizes, and social distancing where possible. Safety including cloth facial coverings are an option for children over the age of 2 that can wear them appropriately, but mainly a topic for curriculum in understanding changes to the world around them.
In reopening, 72 preschoolers and 40 infants and toddlers are enrolled this summer, for a 4 day per week program, 8 hours per day program-wide. Curriculum this summer focuses around a Farm to School theme: crops, animals, machines, and technology. All locations are currently full for summer programming.
Head Start-Early Head Start is currently accepting applications for Fall enrollment. Please contact April Dunham at 442-3686 or firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for your child, ages 6 weeks- 5 years.