Bennington County Head Start Celebrates 50 Years
In 1965, Bennington County offered one of the first Head Start programs in the country, with 35 children participating in the eight-week program. On September 10, Bennington County Head Start (BCHS) celebrated that anniversary and the opening of a new building with a community celebration in North Bennington. The program today serves over 132 children and their families throughout the year at four locations in Bennington County.
“For 50 years, Bennington County Head Start has supported thousands of families in not only providing incomparable early childhood education, but social services supports, health care supports and parenting supports,” said representative and United Children’s Services Board member Kiah Morris. “Today is a celebration, not only for our community but for the state. Because of Head Start, parents are able to work, go to school and know with full confidence that their children are in the right place with the best people.
The presentation was followed by a ribbon cutting, local children singing happy birthday to an anniversary cake, and the open house with tours of the new building. The new facility offers 4,080 square feet and provides three new classrooms for early pre-K.
“This facility is a testament to what we can do as a community for our kids and their families,” said UCS executive director Ralph Provenza. “Part of building a stronger community is establishing a strong foundation in education, health care and services for children so they are prepared for life.”
The Head Start program offers a wide array of services to support not only the child enrolled in the program but also for their family or support structure. Members of the Head Start Policy Council laud the focus and dedication of staff in providing assistance in education, finding support, oral and physical health, nutrition, services for disabilities, and just being there to help in hard times.