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NEKCA Programs

  • Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Community Action Youth Services (CAYS)
  • Parent Child Centers
  • Outreach
  • Micro Business Development Program (MBDP)
  • Community & Justice Programs

Head StartHead Start is a national program providing families and children quality educational opportunities since 1965. Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive, family-centered services for parents and children, with resources and referrals in the areas of health, nutrition, community resources and family support.

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Helping young people to achieve a constructive and rewarding adulthood is the overall goal of Northeast Kingdom Community Action Youth Services (CAYS). CAYS provide employment, housing, runaway and crisis intervention, outreach, life skills, and positive youth development services for young people, guide young people:

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The mission of the Vermont Parent Child Center Network is to create and support a state-wide network of designated family-centered programs in order to help all families get off to a healthy start.

NEKCA Parent Child Center North

Social Enterprise

NEKCA's Community Thrift Stores provide job training and work experience to members of the community seeking employment skills. The stores are staffed by participants in various state and local programs, including Reach up, the Vermont Associates and youth employment program. In addition to gaining training and experience in customer service and retail, participants have access to educational opportunities and career coaching.

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Outreach services, which include foodshelf, crisis fuel assistance, electrical disconnect assistance, emergency housing and other services, are available at numerous locations, including Newport, St Johnsbury, Canaan and Island Pond.  See site listing for details, or call NEKCA's main number at 802.334.7316.

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(A program of Vermont’s
Community Action Programs)
Serving Orleans, Essex and Caledonia Counties

Growing Vermont’s economy from within . . . One business at a time

Our mission statement is to provide technical assistance to low to moderate income Vermonters who own or intend to start a small business.

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NEKCA's Community and Justice programs provide both prevention programs and services to those who are already engaged in the criminal justice system.

Prevention Through Intervention

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NEKCA - Northeast Kingdom Community Action

Derby Head Start Children Go Berry Picking

Throughout the month of July, the children at Derby HS have been working with Rebecca Mitchell from the Green Mountain Farm to School Program.  July is berry month and to celebrate their learning, the children went to North Derby Organic Berry Farm to pick raspberries.  The owners of the farm, Sharon and Greg Smith, graciously opened up their patch to the children, allowing each to pick a pint of delicious, red berries, which will be used to make a variety of healthy snacks at the center next week with Rebecca. 

Photo 1:  Pictured are Calvin Mayhew and Elizabeth Howard holding their pints of delicious berries.

Photo 2:  Hidden beneath giant grapes leaves is a secret playhouse with a large bench inside.  The children sat inside this secret garden and enjoyed popsicles. 

Photo 3:  Jonathan Rafoss fills his container with sweet berries.

Photo 4:  The children from Derby HS sit inside the secret playhouse and enjoy their popsicles provided by the owners of North Derby Organic Berry Farm.

Photo 5:  Mason Calloway carefully holds his container of berries as he reaches for another to put in his pint.

Photo 6:  Makenna Griffin happily holds her full container of berries. 

NEKCA'S 2013 Annual Report


We are pleased to present our 2013 Annual Report. 

Siskin Ecological Adventures Visits the NEKCA Lyndonville Head Start


Jason Brueck of Siskin Ecological Adventures visited the Lyndonville Head Start program and shared a unit on snakes. He showed us a red bellied snake and a baby garter snake and gave us a brief lesson on them. He shared that snakes are cold blooded so on cool days they like to go on rocks to be warm and under rocks on hot days to keep cool. We then went outside and dug a hole to begin our creation of a habitat for snakes. We took a walk and each found a special rock that we thought a snake would like in his habitat. Then we all took turns adding our rocks to the habitat.  Back inside the children created their own snakes!  Thanks so much to Jason for sharing his knowledge about snakes with us!


Week of the Young Child Parade May 8, 2014

               Parade Hats                          Lisa Linendoll & CO Staff                     Crowds Gather in Anticipation

    Jen Phillips - BBF Coordinator           Ryan from Let's Grow Kids                 CO Staff, Lisa Darling and Brooklyn

 Laurie Mason and Tyler                        Central Office Staff




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