Child and Family Development Program
Head Start / Early Head Start &
Due to COVID-19, some program schedules and opportunities are performing in a non-typical way. Please touch base with center staff for more detailed information regarding program changes.
The NEKCA Child and Family Development Program (CFDP) serves families in a mutually respectful, non-judgmental manner for the purpose of promoting individual, family, and community growth.
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. The program 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/Early Head Start nurtures the development of the child within the family, and the family within the community.
Head Start, Early Head Start and Partnership Program are federally funded programs, within the Child and Family Development Program, which provides families and children with educational and social opportunities. 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. The CFDP provides 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. The CFDP has sites in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties and services are free for all eligible families.
Expectant families, and families with children 0-5 may be eligible for Early Head Start and/or 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.
Administrative Office Contact Information
70 Main Street
Newport, Vermont 05855
|Albany HS Collab.
351 Main Street
Albany, Vermont 05820
|Barton HS/EHS Collab.
130 Kinsey Rd.
Barton, Vermont 05822
PO Box 231 (19 Parish St.)
Gilman, Vermont 05904
PO Box 936 (61 Church St.)
Hardwick, Vermont 05843
|Island Pond HS/EHS
PO Box 234 (34 Cross St.)
Island Pond, Vermont 05846
PO Box 67 (1913 LynBurke Rd)
Lyndonville, Vermont 05851
|Newport HS/EHS & Partnership Program (North)
34 Farrant Street
Newport, Vermont 05855
P: HS/EHS 802-995-2057
P: PP 802-995-2061
|North Troy HS
155 Pleasant Street
North Troy, Vermont 05859
|St. Johnsbury EHS & Partnership Program (South)
115 Lincoln St.
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819
P: EHS/PP 802-748-3201