Head Start

Head Start services for children promote school readiness, and include early education, health, nutrition, mental health, and services for children with special needs. 

We recognize that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. We work with parents as partners in helping their children to progress. Head Start offers a wide array of support services to parents and families including education and volunteer opportunities, family literacy activities, and goal identification. In this way, Head Start nurtures the development of the child within the family, and the family within the community

At each Head Start location in the NEK, you will find dedicated Early Childhood professionals who nurture warm relationships and healthy child development with the children and families in each community. While each center is unique to its community, our common values unite our programs across not only our region, but our state and even nationally.

What you can expect at a Head Start Program: 

  • Children receive healthy meals and snacks and enjoy playing indoor and outdoors in safe environments.
  • Children socialize with peers, learn and practice problem solving skills, work on education-based skills and have experiences to help children become confident and excited learners.
  • Comprehensive, family centered services for families and children, with resources and referrals in the areas of medical, dental/oral health, nutrition, special needs, and community resources. 

Expectant families, and families with children 0-5 may be eligible for Head Start if:

  • The child’s family receives Reach-Up or Supplemental Security Income (SSI); or
  • The child is in foster care: or
  • The child’s family is without a permanent home: or
  • The child’s family meets income eligibility.

We can serve a limited number of families who do not meet the above eligibility requirements.

If interested in determining eligibility, please follow the link below.



To learn more about Head Start call us today!


Albany Head Start
351 Main Street, Albany VT 05820

Barton Head Start/Early Head Start
130 Kinsey Rd, Barton, VT 05822

Gilman Head Start/Early Head Start
19 Parish St, Gilman, VT 05904

Hardwick Head Start/Early Head Start
61 Church St, Hardwick VT 05843

Island Pond Head Start/ Early Head Start
34 Cross St, Island Pond, VT 05846

Lyndonville Head Start/Early Head Start
1913 LynBurke Rd, Lyndonville VT 05851

Newport Head Start/ Early Head Start
76 Lakemont Dr, Newport VT 05855

North Troy Head Start
115 Pleasant St, North Troy VT 05859

What Participants Have to Say

"The program is great all the way around. The skills our children are learning at such a young age is amazing."

“I feel there is more support given to child and family and access to resources. Great communication.”

“Amazing teachers, content and support! Feel it is very holistic.”

"All the teachers are amazing, they treat the children as if they were their own. They provide confidence in me as a parent in terms of how great of a job I am doing."

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