Tuesday, March 03, 2015
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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

NEKCA Barton Head Start and Orleans Central Preschool Programs featured on WCAX TV "30 Schools in 30 Days" series.

WCAX showcased our Barton program on their '30 schools in 30 days', featuring our very own Dina DeSena (Early MTSS Trainer and Practice Based Coach). Dina and the children were great - get ready to smile.


Farm to School Program Visits Albany Head Start/Pre-school

Rebecca Mitchell from Green Mountain Farm to School came to the Albany Early Childhood Collaborative to make mashed parsnips and potatoes with the children. They participated in the cooking activity and then ate the parsnip/potato mash when done. Almost every child said they liked them and asked for more. Rebecca will be coming next month to make stuffed cabbage rolls, and as always parents and caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend.



Derby Head Start Wins CLiF Grant

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

A Fond Farewell to Our Beloved Associate Director

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.


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