Welcome to the BECC Online – Philosophy and Curriculum

The mission of the Bennington Early Childhood Center (BECC) is to provide an intellectually challenging, developmentally appropriate preschool program for children age one to six. The BECC is a preschool program offering half or full-day options for three, four, or five days a week. The BECC is open to the public, serving children of all cultures, backgrounds, and abilities. The environment and program encourage each child to develop as an individual and as part of a group, while exploration, positive social interaction, and emotional security are also fostered. The curriculum is based on the emerging interests and needs of the children, and covers the Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS).

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GivingTuesday and SeedMoney

dollarsignThe Bennington Early Childhood Center is participating in two very important online fundraising campaigns in the next month.

Tuesday November 28th is Giving Tuesday, which is a nationally acknowledged day for people to recognize their favorite non-profit organizations.  Won’t you please take a moment to make a donation to the Bennington Early Childhood Center? (we have a Paypal donation button on our homepage)  Our staff are wonderfully resourceful about finding free and discounted classroom supplies and professional development opportunities.  Despite this fact, we spend approximately $6000 per year on these two line items.  Any donations that you give will help us to keep our classrooms fully stocked and provide our teachers with the trainings they need to stay up to date on the latest information about teaching and caring for young children.  All donations are tax deductible and if you provide your mailing address we will send you a gift receipt.

From November 15 through December 15 we will be raising funds through a SeedMoney campaign.  Two years ago we received a grant through this organization and were able to construct four raised bed vegetable gardens at our center.  The children and staff love the experience of growing our own vegetables and then harvesting and eating them!  Any funds raised from this campaign will go towards adding a fifth raised bed as well as fruit trees and bushes.  We are hoping to raise $600.    https://donate.seedmoney.org/2046/becc-grows

Thank you advance for your commitment to providing high quality learning experiences for young children in the Bennington County area!

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Children’s Summer Camp! July 10 – August 18, 2017

sun_wearing_shades" Children’s Summer is gearing up for another season! Children’s Summer is a thematic day camp experience for children ages one through eight. Summer sessions are divided into six, one-week units. Weekly themes tie together into an overall idea that unites the whole summer. Children may sign up for individual weeks or for the entire season. A supervising head counselor staffs each class, with an assistant counselor, and junior counselors as needed. Morning programs run from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm for $155 per week. They include splash days, thematic visitors, music, movement, and outdoor activities. Afternoon hours will be available 12:30-4:30 for an additional fee of $25 per day. Please contact us at 447-1093 or benningtonecc@gmail.com for a copy of our summer camp brochure.  The 1′s-2′s and 2′s-3′s groups are full.  There are very limited spaces left for 4′s-5′s and 6-8′s.  Please call to check on space before sending in an application.

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“Let’s Grow Together” Silent Auction and Cocktail Party

logoJoin us on Saturday May 6, 2017 from 7-10 pm at The Arlington Inn for a silent auction and cocktail party featuring The Julie Shea Band.  Auction items have been donated by over 75 local businesses!  Cash bar.  Admission is $20 per person in advance or $30 per person at the door.  Please send checks to BECC, 1506 Harwood Hill Rd, Bennington, VT  05250 or make a donation via our PayPal button on our website.  We hope to see you there!

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