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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 Head Start Employee Garden Interview

The story about the NEKCA Head Start employee garden will air today on VPR's Vermont Edition. If you are able to listen at 12:00pm you will hear it at the beginning of the program, and the rest of the hour is Charlie Nardozzi giving garden advice. The show will be rebroadcast at 7:00pm so you can catch it then too. The audio will be available on line at www.vpr.net.

Green Thumbs at Work Garden Grant Winners Announced

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Community Garden Network have awarded eight food garden grants to small businesses and organizations around the state.
The Green Thumbs at Work garden grant winners are Carris Reels-Plastics Division in Center Rutland, Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region in Rutland, Hickok & Boardman Financial Planning in Burlington, Milton CAT in Richmond, NEKCA Head Start Central Office in Barton, Sunrise Family Resource Center in Bennington, Transportation Security Administration in North Clarendon, and Washington Electric Coop in East Montpelier. They will each receive $500 for materials, a $250 gift certificate to Gardener’s Supply, and $1,000 in technical assistance.
The grant winners were selected from a pool of 29 applicants based on readiness to develop a workplace garden, including the existence of a wellness coordinator or wellness committee, the ability to provide matching funds and in-kind services for garden development, employee participation, and clear articulation of how the garden will help meet employee wellness goals.
The Green Thumbs at Work program provides a means of physical activity and stress reduction, increases access to fresh produce, and promotes opportunities for other wellness activities. Workplace gardens can also increase employee engagement, camaraderie, and healthy behavior.
The technical assistance provided through the grant program helps each business determine the type and size of garden that best meets its needs, and develop strategies to ensure the garden will be successful throughout the 2015 season and for years to come.
The grant program is a partnership of the Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Community Garden Network, Charlie Nardozzi, and Gardener’s Supply.

For more information, go to http://vcgn.org/green-thumbs-at-work or call (802) 861-4769.

• Natalie Schubel, Vermont Department of Health, 802-859-5916, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Jess Hyman, Executive Director, Vermont Community Garden Network, 802-861-4769, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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