SEVCA's Head Start Program Passes Federal Review With Flying Colors!

Southeastern Vermont Community Action’s (SEVCA) Windsor County Head Start program recently received exceptional results from its Focus Area 1 (FA1) federal review. This review process, conducted by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Office of Head Start (OHS), assesses both program performance and compliance with school readiness requirements. After a comprehensive assessment, the reviewers found SEVCA’s Head Start program to be in full compliance, with no deficiencies. The report highlighted some of the program’s many successes, including: a partnership with a homeless shelter to respond to the community’s homelessness crisis; a pen pal system with local kindergartners to innovatively aid children in their transition to elementary school; a thoughtful approach to improving children’s health outcomes, particularly as they relate to COVID-19; and connecting families with various food resources and programs to support their well-being.

We congratulate our Head Start Director, Lori Canfield, our Head Start Managers, and all of our Head Start teachers and staff on this outstanding achievement - and we thank them for their unwavering commitment to children and families!

SEVCA’s Windsor County Head Start program, available at no-cost to eligible families, continues to enroll children ages 3 - 5 on an ongoing basis. For more information or to complete an application for enrollment, please call 800-464-9951, dial 9 for staff directory, and enter the name of the Family Partner in the area closest to the town you live in: Katie Murphy (Chester), Lindsay DeCell (Springfield), or Jen Tucker (Windsor/White River Junction).

"If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up--lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well."

Maya Angelou