The mission of the Bennington Early Childhood Center (BECC) is to provide an intellectually challenging, developmentally appropriate preschool program for children age two 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).
The BECC has just participated in a unique opportunity to receive a grant toward creating a garden project. The challenge was to be one of the first 75 organizations to raise $400 through a donation website in order to receive a matching $400 grant. So, we created a website:
We notified our parent body and asked them to pass the word on to their friends and families. Our goal was to raise $400 as quickly as possible so that we could also get a matching grant of $400 toward building four 16 square foot raised bed gardens for each of our classrooms to grow their own vegetables and herbs. Within 24 hours of going live we had raised over $400! We were notified yesterday that we were indeed one of the organizations that will be receiving the matching grant! We have also been given the challenge of trying to be the organization with the most donors by the end date of December 15th. If we can pull off this feat we will receive $600 instead of $400! It is not too late to make your donation.
Be on the lookout this spring for new gardens at the BECC!
The Bennington Early Childhood Center is holding a raffle to benefit its music program. The raffle prize will be this beautiful dollhouse restored, furnished and donated by Darlene Bombard. The dollhouse measures 3 ft by 2.5 ft and is 16 inches deep. It includes 5 furnished rooms and 2 unfinished attic rooms. All moldings and stairway fittings are hand cut, wallpaper is washable, and floors are stained natural wood with a polyurethane coating. The suggested age for use of this dollhouse is 7 or older. The cash value of the dollhouse is $500. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5. Tickets can be purchased at the BECC, by sending a check to 1506 Harwood Hill, Bennington, VT 05201, or by making a donation through the PayPal button on this website (be sure to list your name, phone number, and email). The drawing date will be Monday December 14th.
Twenty-six children at the Bennington Early Childhood Center were treated to a storytelling presentation from Marv Klassen-Landis through the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) on Tuesday July 28, 2015. In addition, each child was able to choose two brand-new books to keep!
CLiF awards Summer Readers grants to organizations in an effort to prevent “summer slide” in literacy skills. Research shows that children who do not read over summer vacation tend to lose literacy skills while children who do read improve their reading abilities. Thanks to this grant each child was able to leave the presentation with two books to take home and read with their families.
The mission of CLiF is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Over the past 17 years CLiF has inspired 170,000 young readers and writers through literacy program grants and has given away more than $3.5 million in new, high-quality children’s books. For more information about this organization please visit www.clifonline.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.