Head Start & Early Head Start
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).
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.
Early Head Start serves infants and toddlers under the age of 3. The program provides intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families.
The UCS Infant and Toddler Center provides individualized early care and a safe and nurturing environment for children from six weeks to three-and-a half years of age.
What We Do
Bennington County Head Start and Early Head Start gives children and their families the right building blocks for learning, parenting, and life by providing early education classes promoting school readiness and family-strengthening opportunities.
"We prepare children and their families for school through collaborative approaches to high quality education, health, and social services."
For Enrollment and Questions
2 Park Street
North Bennington, VT 05257
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.
The Parent Handbook provides useful information, including our annual calendar for parents and guardians of children enrolled in Bennington County Head Start.
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:
Child & Family Outcomes
Current School Year Calendar
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.
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.
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 download the 2016-2017 UCH Annual Report below. Previous year reports are available above.
Community Resource Guide
This includes various information about local agencies and organizations such as phone numbers, addresses, hours of operation, etc.
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:
Bennington County Head Start is 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).