Announcing the Purchase of Our Building

IMG_0464On Tuesday May 10th, after two years of negotiations and necessary facility improvements, the Bennington Early Childhood Center officially purchased the parcel of land that is home to 1504 and 1506 Harwood Hill Rd in Bennington, VT!  As we complete our seventh year of operation at this site we can finally say it feels like home.  We have already started working on refinishing the sign by the road, we have replaced the bush in front of the main door with beautiful flowers, and we have started installing our raised bed gardens.  We can now move forward with an energy efficiency pilot program we have been accepted to participate in with Efficiency Vermont.  We are also planning to install a fence to offer greater protection to our play yard and we are planning to renovate some interior space to create a fifth classroom which would allow us to accept more children.  We are currently accepting enrollment for our summer camp program that runs on a week by week basis from July 5 through August 19.  We currently have very limited space for the fall of 2016, but would love to add your child’s name to our wait list.  For more information please call 447-1093 or email benningtonecc@gmail.com.

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

Flower BWLet’s Grow Together! Saturday April 30th join us for a cocktail party and silent auction at the Deane Carriage Barn at Bennington College from 7–10 PM.  Live music provided by Funk in the Trunk.  Cash Bar.  Heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts.   Silent auction items donated by 75+ local businesses . Tickets are $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door. The event will support programming and materials at the Bennington Early Childhood Center.  Tickets can be purchased by check or by using the paypal donation button on this site.

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Building Upgrade Fund

newspaperThe 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!

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