A nonprofit organization working to improve the well-being of young children and families in Vermont. We do this by monitoring Vermont’s early care, health, and education systems while advising the Governor, Administration, and Legislature on policy improvements.
Opportunities is a state-approved alternative high school completion program for pregnant and parenting teens and other youth in Bennington County. Opportunities offers a core curriculum, individualized instruction, and parenting and life skills education in a supportive setting.
The Children's Integrated Services program has a team of Family Support Workers here at Sunrise who provide home visits to those seeking parenting supports, resource and referral guidance and help establishing attainable goals for themselves and their children.
CIS is designed to support pregnant women and families with children 6 and under. Our Coordinator oversees the larger Community team and facilitates our intake and referral process. The Childcare Specialist accepts specialized childcare referrals and supports childcare providers with education and site visits
The Family Advocacy Program is Bennington County’s Intensive Home Based Service. We work with families at risk of having a child placed outside of the home for a variety of reasons. We can also work with families where reunification with a child or children is the goal. Although the majority of families are referred by DCF (the local child protection agency) community members as well as families can refer themselves. All families are screened to assess the appropriateness of our service for their needs. Our Advocates each work with a small number of families so they can provide intensive support, primarily with parenting.
Adults receiving Reach-Up Cash Assistance gain the skills they need to successfully apply for and obtain employment. Program hours: 9 – 12 Monday - Thursday. Working closely with the Job Club Coordinator, participants assess their interests, identify barriers to employment, create a resume and cover letter, and learn to apply for jobs online. Also offered: Interviewing and dress-for-success tips.
YDP serves teens as they move from foster care into adulthood and independence. With the help of the YDP coordinator youth can learn essential life skills such as cooking, budgeting and searching for housing. YDP helps connect youth with the resources they need to obtain a driver’s license, apply to school, gain employment, locate a primary care physician, to name a few examples.
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The ECE is a 5-star NAEYC-accredited childcare program for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years where parents are encouraged to be involved in their childrens’ education. Our philosophy embraces the principles of Learning Together and our staff are trained in family-centered, strength-based practices. Children of Opportunities students are given first priority for enrollment. Childcare financial subsidy is available for families that qualify.
An Intensive Housing Intervention to help end Child and Family Homelessness by 2020.