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Community Resources and Services

For your convenience we have gathered the following list of local community resources for families and young children. KinderStart is happy to provide support, referrals, and resources to all of the families that we serve to assist in helping meet the needs of families as well as young children.

Online Resources

Click on any of the organization headings to be redirected to their website.

Vermont 211

"Vermont 2-1-1 is the number you dial to find out about hundreds of important community resources, like emergency food and shelter, disability services, counseling, senior services, healthcare, child care, drug and alcohol programs, legal assistance, transportation needs, educational and volunteer opportunities, and much more."

Children's Integrated Services

"CIS is a resource for pregnant or postpartum women and families with children from birth to age six"

Vermont Family Network

Vermont Family Network assist families with advocacy, developmental disabilities, information on early childhood development, health, mental health, parent involvement in schools, special education information, as well as early intervention services.

Child Care Resource and Referral

Child Care Resource is a nonprofit human service organization that helps families and providers make care connections, strengthens early learning opportunities, and creates child care solution for communities.

Bright Futures Information System

"BFIS is Vermont's early care/education and afterschool tool. It is a data system that supports the work of many different people who care for children in Vermont."

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.

The Howard Center

"[The Howard Center] offers life-saving professional crisis and counseling services to children and adults; supportive services to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities who need help with education, employment, and life maintenance skills; counseling and medical services for those struggling with substance abuse, and intensive interventions for adults with serious and persistent mental health challenges.

Agency of Education

Statewide information and resource agency.

Northern Lights Career Development Center

" Northern Lights works with community partners to unify and enhance the professional development system for professionals in Vermont."

STep Ahead Recognition System

"STARS is Vermont’s quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs. Programs that participate in STARS are stepping ahead — going above and beyond state regulations to provide professional services that meet the needs of children and families."

National Association for the Education of Young Children

"Professional organization which promotes excellence in early childhood education. "

Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

"VAEYC is an affiliate of the NAEYC, the nation’s largest membership organization for early childhood professionals."

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont

"Prevent Child Abuse Vermont promotes and supports healthy relationships within families, schools and communities to eliminate child abuse."

Building Bright Futures

"This is the place for parents, early childhood and afterschool programs, and professionals to get answers to questions about child are and the services available to help to ensure that high quality child care services are available to every child in Vermont"

Child Development Division

"The Child Development Division's goal is to increase access to high-quality services that are developmentally beneficial for children and strengthen families. We do this by working with programs within communities to coordinate and deliver services that meed families' needs."

Vermont Child Care Industries and Careers Council

"VCCICC's mission is to support Vermont's Children, families, and communities, schools, and businesses by promoting the highest quality child care for young and school age children through the recruitment, development, mentoring, and retention of qualified child care professionals."

Telephone Resources

Click on any of the organization headings to be redirected to their website.

Child Care Consumer Concern Line 1-800-649-2642

Children's Integrated Services (802) 860-4426

Child Protection Hotline 1-800-649-2642

Vermont Community Loan Fund (802) 223-1448

Poison Control 1-800-222-1222

Child Development Clinic (802) 863-7338