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Join UCS as we break ground on an addition to the Bennington Recreation Center. With the expansion we will build community capacity and continue creating meaningful, measurable change.

United Counseling Service (UCS) and Bennington County Head Start and Early Head Start are very excited to be partnering with the Town of Bennington and the Bennington Recreation Center to add an Early Childhood Center onto the existing recreation center building. The facility will expand capacity for much-needed infant/toddler and preschool childcare. It will also include a large multi-purpose room and will include a community café. All are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30pm on Wednesday, October 16th at the Bennington Recreation Center at 655 Gage Street in Bennington.

Parents who can depend on childcare that is safe, nurturing and educational are more productive and reliable members of the workforce. Unfortunately, Bennington does not currently have the capacity to meet this need. According to the 2018 Let’s Grow Kids report, 78% of infants likely to need care in Bennington County do not have access to high-quality programs and 53% of toddlers do not have access. The new Early Childhood Center will allow for an increased capacity for infants and toddlers.

“This expansion will improve the lives of so many in Bennington County,” said Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of United Counseling Service. “We have been working closely with the town and the rec center to bring this into fruition. Expansion of this program will allow access to many more families for high quality childcare.”

Monthly meetings are held to review programming and construction updates. Meetings are held at the Bennington Senior Center at 124 Pleasant Street in Bennington from 5:30 to 6:30pm on October 16, December 18, February 19, April 15 and June 17. For more information contact Beth Wallace at bwallace@ucsvt.org  or 802.442.3686.

Head Start has been serving families in Bennington County since 1965. UCS provides comprehensive, community-based behavioral and developmental services for children, adults, families, and seniors since 1958. For more information visit ucsvt.org.