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What is Head Start? Head Start and Early Head Start are national child development programs which provide comprehensive development services for low-income children and social services for their families. Head Start serves children ages 3-5 and their families. Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children birth to age 3 and their families.

There are seven Head Start programs and four Early Head Start programs serving children and families in the State of Vermont. Each program has centers and sites located throughout the State. A list of these centers, and the counties they serve, can be found under Programs. Or click on a section of the map on the right to go directly to the individual program's website.

Services Tailored to Meet Family Needs

  • Full day, full year center-based services: Children attend a classroom setting five days each week, year round. 344 children in Vermont receive full-day, full-year comprehensive child care in Head Start, allowing their parents the opportunity to work and/or complete their education.
  • Part-day, school year center-based services: Children generally attend a classroom four or five sessions each week from September through June.
  • Combination of home and center-based services: Children attend a classroom three sessions each week from September through June, and receive one home visit per month with a Head Start staff member.
  • Home-based program: A staff member goes to the family's home once a week working with parents to provide learning experiences for their children.
  • Family child care partnerships.
  • Center-based partnerships.

About the VHSA

The Vermont Head Start Association was formed in order to:

  1. Promote an advocacy agenda on behalf of low income children and families; and
  2. Provide a system of support for directors and parents.
  3. Strengthen and coordinate Vermont Head Start programs, systems and services.
  4. Strengthen collaboration between Vermont Head Start programs and other statewide and local systems of early care, education and family services.

In order to carry out these purposes, the Association will advocate on matters of public policy, provide or sponsor training to support the growth and development of parent leaders, directors and staff, and provide a platform for sharing information between programs. Please contact us for addition information.