• CVCAC Head Start wins regional award
    March 30,2013
     

    BARRE – A Barre-based program designed specifically for pregnant and parenting teens has helped earn Central Vermont Community Action Council Head Start a regional award, as well as some national attention.

    CVCAC Head Start recently learned it was one of a dozen regional recipients of an annual award for “Effective Family Engagement” and is now in the running for the overall national award that will be announced at the Office of Head Start’s second annual “Birth to Five Leadership Institute” in late-April.

    The highly competitive award is for programs that demonstrate strong leadership and exemplify innovative approaches to family engagement – something CVCAC Head Start has done through its Family Literacy Center in Barre.

    The Family Literacy Center supports teens in completing their high school diploma, building parenting skills, learning about healthy relationships and adopting healthy lifestyle practices.

    Among other things, the program helps prepare participants to support their children financially, emotionally, nutritionally, and socially, so that they are ready for school, according to coordinator Stephanie Rubin, who said the goal is for both parents and their children to become successful life-long learners.

    “It is amazing what can happen when young parents are supported in all aspects of their development,” Rubin said. “They win, their children win, and their communities win.”

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