Windham Child Care Association is a private, not-for-profit community child care support agency promoting quality child care for all children. We support a network of over60 state-regulated, family- and center-based early childhood programs serving 2,500 children ages birth to 12. Founded in 1981, we support our community stakeholders through education, advocacy, partnerships, and access to services.
We employ a staff of 8, full and part-time employees. Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm ad we are located on the second floor of 130 Birge Street in Brattleboro VT.
Programs for Families
The Child Care Referral Program provides personalized counseling, consumer education and referral support for families in need of child care.
The Child Care Financial Assistance Program determines eligibility for families accessing the Vermont Child Care Financial Assistance Program.
Our Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) Child Care Coordinator helps parents of eligible children with special needs to locate specialized child care. We provide assistance to parents who need an extra level of support in accessing child care services and provide training to providers to so that they are qualified to deliver specialized services.
Programs for Early Childhood Educators
Our Early Education Resource Development Program assists early education providers to increase their own proficiency, run their businesses more effectively, access public funds and make satisfying livings. We provide technical support, ongoing career counseling, and mentoring throughout the year to help providers maintain the quality of early childhood programs. Our annual Professional Development Calendar offers over 100 classes and workshops to early educators who can earn the training hours required for regulated care and improved program quality. These classes are required for earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) degree and earning a higher STARS rating in Vermont’s child care quality assessment system.
The Early Educator Mentor Program is designed to provide peer support as two professional mentors lend their expertise to 16 home-based early care and education providers in all areas of program management.
As a sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Windham Child Care Association reimburses family child care providers and licensed child care centers for a portion of their expenses for providing USDA-approved meals to children in their care. Enrollment in the program requires accounting of all the meals and snacks served to children during the day, ensuring that the menus meet a high standard of nutritional content. Providers also receive training in nutrition. And all programs are visited and evaluated by the program coordinator at least 3 time per year.
We act as the fiscal agent and administrator of the United Way Fund for Quality Early Education. Each Year we administer approximately $13,000 in grants for professional development and program enrichment for early educators through a partnership with the United Way of Windham County.
Programs for Children and the Community
The Early Learning Express is a bookmobile that visits over thirty early childhood programs, afterschool programs, and low-income communities every month year round. The ELE brings songs, stories and educational activities along with a brand new library of books to approximately fifteen children at each program. In addition, the ELE carries educational resources for the child care providers.