- 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.
Prevention Through InterventionRead More
NEKCA - Northeast Kingdom Community Action
NEKCA's Family Child Care Partnership Program enjoys a sleigh ride at the Missisquoi Valley Center in Newport Center on Feb. 19, 2014.
The Island Pond Head Start staff and children visited the Sunrise Manor and brought fruit baskets and wreaths. They also had a sledding party and luncheon.
A special thank you to everyone at DeLabruere’s Auto for their
ongoing community support. The staff at DeLabruere’s Auto
donated 17 full turkey dinners for every vehicle sold in December.
In the photo are left to right Eric Davis, Ryan Brewster, Tina Gonyaw, Joe Patrissi and Steve Patenaude
Poverty continues to be an issue in the Northeast Kingdom. Joe Patrissi, executive director for NEKCA, says an individual needs to earn $13.10 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment. In this photo taken last year, Patrissi looks over the empty space at the food shelf. Poverty and homelessness continue to be an issue throughout the state, especially here in the Northeast Kingdom where the unemployment rate has traditionally been the highest in Vermont.