Friday, April 18, 2014
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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

Dabble Day 2014

Fun on Dabble Day

NEKCA was at Coventry village school for dabble day on April 9th and here is a photo! The coordinator this year was Jen Phillips and the day was sponsored by Building Bright Futures. 304 children attended the event and they all had a wonderful day!

We would like to take a minute and say Thank You for all of the Child Care Providers, local business owners and community members for making this years' Dabble Day a success! We rallied together and used our resources to provide the young children within our community the opportunity to explore open ended materials, build creations and just have fun! Thank you for donating your time and energy to serve our community!

Catamount Arts Visits the Lincoln Center Head Start Program

Thank you to Rose Friedman and all of the parents and staff who came
out to celebrate our first Catamount Artist Residency at our Head
Start Lincoln Center program in St Johnsbury! What an inspirational
evening; looking forward to many more!

NEKCA HS/EHS Director Attends the New England Head Start Conference

Pictured above, Linda Michniewicz, NEKCA HS/EHS Director and Gov. Shumlin at the New England Head Start Conference.

Our Deanna

Our Deanna: It’s still hard to find words….

Over the past few days some of the phrases that have been named are: “we’ve lost a champion”, “she filled the center with energy”, “You couldn’t help but see and feel her compassion”

To Describe Deanna’s contribution to NEKCA, its staff, its participants and its partners:

Deanna could teach. She could look beyond a person's limitations, focus on their strengths, and teach. Not just academics but the more important things. Deanna taught respect, caring, giving, understanding and what it means to work. Deanna showed people what it meant to care about each other and how we should communicate with each other. Her energy and enthusiasm for her work were boundless. Deanna cared so much for the population that we work with; a true proponent of our core values. She didn't just ask our participants to work; she worked right along with them. Deanna is a positive role model and we will miss her terribly. She touched many lives and her influence changed lives for the better. May Deanna rest in peace knowing that her time here was well spent.

Early Childhood Day at the Legislature

Pictured above are, from left to right, Ann Sparrow, NEKCA Head Start/Early Head Start Family and Community Partnerships Manager, Linda Michniewicz, NEKCA Head Start/Early Head Start Director and Senator Bobby Starr.

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