- Head Start/Early Head Start
- Community Action Youth Services (CAYS)
- Parent Child Centers
- Micro Business Development Program (MBDP)
- Community & Justice Programs
Head 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.Read More
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:Read More
NEKCA Parent Child Center North
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
NEKCA's Community and Justice programs provide both prevention programs and services to those who are already engaged in the criminal justice system.
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NEKCA - Northeast Kingdom Community Action
The NEKCA Derby Head Start program in Derby is one of the 11 programs in Vermont and New Hampshire to receive a grant for serving at-risk youth. CLiF's At-Risk Children grant provides an onsite library to each organization as well as a professional storytelling presentation and free, high quality books for children served by each site to choose and keep. Organizations may also host an optional seminar for parents and caregivers on the importance of reading aloud with children and storytelling strategies.
For more information about enrolling your child at Derby Head Start call 766-8100 and ask for Julie. For information about CLiF grant programs, visit clifonline.org
The Head Start program is saddened by the loss of our co-worker and friend, Betsy Brown. She was caring, thoughtful, and kind and highly regarded by all that worked closely with her. Betsy provided great support to the Center Managers that she supervised. She was a wonderful listener and was always there when you needed someone to talk to. Her compassion extended to not only her colleagues but to the children and families in the program. Although Betsy worked with us for only 4 years, her presence will be missed for a long time.
This week we bid a fond farewell to NEKCA Head Start Center Manager Angel Young. Angel and her family are off to South Carolina to begin a new chapter in their life. Angel has been a dedicated employee for the last 17 years; as a Classroom Teacher in Island Pond and Derby, and in Albany as the Center Manager. We will miss Angel very much and wish the very best to her and her family!