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 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).

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Children’s Literacy Foundation Visits the BECC

ferdinandTwenty-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 clif@clifonline.org.

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Children’s Summer Camp! June 29 – August 14, 2015

sun_wearing_shades" Children’s Summer is gearing up for another season! Children’s Summer is a day camp experience for children ages two to eight. Summer sessions are divided into seven, 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.

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Elementary School Fair: Life After Preschool

Wednesday January 28th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm 

Are you wondering where your child should go to school after he/she has finished attending preschool?  Stop by the Bennington Early Childhood Center to meet with representatives from area elementary schools and learn about your options for the post-preschool years of your child’s education.

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