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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.

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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

Farewell to Angel Young

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!

NEKCA Head Start/Early Head Start Director Celebrates 36 Years

Pictured above is Linda Michniewicz, the NEKCA Head Start/Early Head Start Director.  She has steadily increased the quality and quantity of services for children and families for the past 36 years. Her passion to contribute to Vermont children's education is inspiring to all of who are blessed to work with her.  Congratulations Linda!

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. 

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