Programs

Early Education Services (EES) is our region’s Head Start, Early Head Start and Parent Child Center (PCC). Our services include: Head Start & Early Head Start classrooms, Early Head Start Home Visiting, the Welcome Baby Program, playgroups, the Dedicated Dads program, a monthly dental clinic for children 0–3, information and referral services to  connect families with area resources, support groups, and parent education classes. 

Early Head Start & HS Classrooms

Our classrooms provide high quality early childhood education to children at centers in Brattleboro and Westminster. Children and families also receive comprehensive services which include support from a Family Support Specialist and on-site nutrition, dental, medical and behavioral support. Head Start centers offer classroom programming for 48 preschoolers in Brattleboro and 24 in Westminster.

Early Head Start Home Visiting

This program provides services to families from pregnancy to age 3. Home-based Family Support Specialists meet with families weekly to provide parenting support and education. They also help connect families with community resources. Families also have access to on-site nutrition, dental and medical support. Forty Early Head Start families participate in our home visiting program.

The Welcome Baby Program

The Welcome Baby  program is open to any family in our region with an infant or young child. A Welcome Baby  visit is an opportunity for families to connect with their community and receive valuable information on child development, health, safety and area resources. This program also collaborates with area schools to provide the Teddy Bear Teas, open house events at 15 area elementary schools every May.

EES Playgroups

Playgroups are currently provided in the communities of Townshend and Whitingham, but are open to families from any community. They are an opportunity for parents and children to connect, access resources, and have fun!

Dedicated Dads

This program supports men who are fathers and want to make a positive difference in the lives of their children. At the weekly support group, they focus on learning skills to improve relationships, share different parenting strategies, and work to balance all that life demands while supporting each other. 

Contact Tyler Boone (tboone@wsesdvt.org) for more info or to sign up!

EES Dental Clinic

This monthly clinic is for children under 3. The American Dental Association recommends that all children have a dental visit at age 1. Unfortunately, most local dentists do not provide services to children under 3. In partnership with Dr. Rediske, EES hosts this clinic to help fill a gap in young children’s access to dental care in our region.