A Vermont Parent-Child Center Serving Families in Bennington County

Copyright © Sunrise Family Resource Center  • 244 Union Street • Bennington, VT 05201 • 802-442-6934 • sfrc@sunrisepcc.com

Early Care and Education Program

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.

DAds Create

Dads Create is a program FREE OF CHARGE designed to accommodate Dads and their kids in age appropriate groups after eating pizza! Click HERE for the sign up form.

Building cool birdhouses, making fishing poles, print making, carving, sculpting, painting and cartooning are just some of the projects. Open studio time will also be available for Dads and their kids to explore a new material or new tools. The facilitator will work with the group individually as well as the whole class. 
Dads Create is a Partnership between The Vermont Arts Exchange and Sunrise Family Resource Center, supported by  the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation.​

OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM

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.

Family Support and Outreach
Intensive Family Based Services
Opportunities - Teen Parent Education Program
Community Based Childcare Support Services
Children’s Integrated Services home visiting
Early Care and Education Program
Community-based playgroups
Reach Up Case Management
Youth Development Program
AHS Service Coordination
Summer Activities Fund
Parent Education
Coffee Club
Job Club

Sunrise Family Resource Center—a member of the Vermont Parent Child Center Network—is a social services agency offering services and support in these areas: childcare, secondary education, case management, advocacy and intensive home-based supports, resource and referral for childcare providers, employment counseling, parenting education.  Our staff is 30 people strong, made up of teachers, home visitors, case managers, mentors and coaches dedicated to providing support to over 800 families a year in Bennington County as they work toward greater independence and resilience.

Childrens’ Integrated Services - CIS

The Childrens’ 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.


Family Advocacy Program

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.


Job Club

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.


Youth Development Program

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.


Our Services