Head Start

Serving pregnant women, and eligible families with children birth to 5 years by providing high quality early care and education services   

  • Head Start

Overview- Head Start

Head Start is for the whole family.  Capstone's Head Start and Early Head Start child development programs provide early care and education services for low-income children.  Your involvement, as a parent, plays a big part in shaping your child's future.  We support parents in achieving their own goals by providing leadership opportunities, trainings, information and referrals.  Head Start serves families with children ages 3-5.  Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children birth to age 3 and their families.

Our staff help you identify your family goals and then help you find the resources you need to achieve success. We connect you with quality programs and services at no cost to you:

  • Early childhood education
  • Parent education and training
  • Family health and nutrition resources
  • Access to physical and mental health services
  • Family literacy activities
  • Parent leadership opportunities
  • Service coordination for children with disabilities
  • Recreational outings with other families
  • And much more!

Supporting Parents

Your involvement, as a parent, plays a big part in shaping your child's future. We support parents in achieving their own goals by providing leadership opportunities, trainings, information and referrals.

  • 87% of parents in our program said we helped them feel more connected to other families.
  • 95% of parents in our program said we helped them get connected to community services.
  • 97% of parents in our program said we helped them make progress towards or meet their goals.
  • 93% of parents in our program said we helped their child to express his/her feelings appropriately.
  • 99% of parents in our program said we helped them to better understand their child’s development

What Participants Have to Say

“I like the positive changes I see in my child because of the things he sees and learns while he is at school. He seems to truly enjoy going which makes us happy as a family. “

“I love Early Head Start and everything my daughter’s home visitor has done and still does for my daughter and I. Very helpful”

“I’m a grandparent raising my grandchild; I couldn’t make it without my home visitor. My granddaughter is doing so well, and I’m learning how important kindergarten and school is for her and for me.”

“Keep up the great work. We really love the Learning Together Center. We love all of the teachers.”

“I think this program is great!”

Eligibility

Pregnant women and families with children aged birth to 5 years in Washington, Lamoille and Orange Counties. Eligibility is based on income guidelines. Families experiencing homelessness or with a child in foster care, those receiving public assistance (TANF) or supplemental security income (SSI) qualify for services regardless of income. Children with disabilities are always welcome.  

 

 

Contact Us at Head Start

By Phone at 1-800-639-1053 or (802) 479-1053

or by emailing jboyd@capstonevt.org

 

For the Vermont Head Start Association please visit  www.vermontheadstart.org

Services-Head Start

Head Start offers services to families in a variety of ways:

  • Home-based program – a trained home visitor works with you and your child on a weekly basis.  The home-based program option is staffed by home visitors who bring Head Start directly into your home. Your home visitor shares ideas about how to use your home as a learning environment to teach your child during and between home visits. You and your home visitor work as a team to help your child learn and grow. As you feel ready your home visitor will step back and you will take over. During each visit, your home visitor will set aside some time to listen to you and provide support.  The home-based program offers:

    • Weekly one and one half hour home visits

    • Twice monthly family group activities called family outings

    • Individualized learning experiences for your child that you help plan and carry out

    • Support for locating services

    • Support in setting and achieving goals

  • Preschool classroom program - We partner with local elementary schools to offer part day preschool together with home visiting.  In your local elementary school and staffed by qualified teachers, our classrooms offer a play-based curriculum focusing on school readiness.  You can find a Capstone Head Start classroom in: Barre City, Barre Town, Cambridge, Morrisville, or Northfield.  We will help you to identify specific transportation services offered in the community.

  • Center-based program - We operate one licensed full day child care center for children who need care while their parents are at work or in school, and two part day licensed centers.  Located at our Head Start centers in Barre, Chelsea and Newbury (Boltonville) and staffed by qualified teachers, our classrooms offer a play-based curriculum focusing on school readiness. 

A typical classroom day includes free choice time, group activities, music and movement, outdoor play, stories and activities promoting literacy, language, cognitive development, science and math. Head Start staff, called family partners, team with teachers to help you meet your goals and locate community resources that you may want.  

 

Recent Blog Post

Great Fruit and Yogurt Popsicle Recipe for the SummerSchool-year Head Start staff have begun their summer layoff, but everything else keeps humming along.  Early Head Start and full year staff are serving families right through the summer.  Many families are busy making their own plans for the summer season.  If you and your child are in need of ideas for healthy summer eating here’s something you can try. 

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