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 Bennington Early Childhood Center has just launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for building improvements. To make a donation please visit https://www.gofundme.com/tefcdun8
The Bennington Early Childhood Center was established as an independent early childhood program in 2009, after being a part of the Bennington College campus for 75 years. In the late summer of 2009 we started renting space from the Green Mountain Christian Center at our current Harwood Hill location. Over the course of the past six years we have increased the amount of space we have rented and are currently working toward purchasing the property. Property ownership comes with the added responsibility of building maintenance. In addition to our goal of making the building more energy efficient by replacing the current lighting fixtures and bulbs, replacing the hot water heater, increasing insulation, and replacing a drafty door, we would also like to install a new business sign and carry out some small projects that will make the space more appropriate for our use as a preschool.
We are asking for help in raising funds to make these projects feasible without putting futher strain on our already tight budget. Any donation, large or small, will be greatly appreciated!
As an incentive, the Bean/McBee family has pledged to give the first $1,500 and then make another donation once that $1,500 is matched by you. Ultimately, we would like to reach a goal of $10,000 so that we can complete as many small projects as possible. Thanks in advance for your support!
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. UPDATE: The Dollhouse Raffle raised $750 for our music program! The lucky winner is Maguerite Feitlowitz! Thank you all for your support.