GNAT-TV cablecasts Public, Education and Government programming to 7000 homes on the Comcast Cable system and online at www.gnat.tv. We serve 11 towns in Southwest Vermont: Arlington, Dorset, Londonderry, Manchester, Peru, Rupert, Sandgate, Stratton, Sunderland, Weston, Winhall.
Bennington County Habitat for Humanity is part of Habitat for Humanity International, a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide. We do this by constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and providing access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Maple Street School is an independent, Pre-K-8, co-educational day school in Manchester, Vermont. Our rigorous and stimulating curriculum helps students master core academic skills including writing, reading, language development, public speaking, mathematics, and science, while also integrating critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. We help cultivate a child’s natural curiosity, inculcate values, and with our beautiful campus nestled in the Green Mountains, we engender a dedication to stewardship of the environment.
Our exceptional teachers believe in nurturing and guiding students to a full awareness of the world and a respect for cultural differences. The Maple Street School curriculum is carefully calibrated to provide a series of incremental challenges that spark intellectual growth and build confidence. We believe in academic excellence, meaningful engagement in the visual and performing arts, participation in athletics, and the development of individual and social responsibility. Students at Maple Street School, through a joyful journey of learning, discover and develop what is finest in themselves.
NEW PRE-K IN FALL 2022
Now accepting applications for our NEW Pre-K program, beginning fall 2022. The Pre-K, for ages 3 & 4, will be held at the campus of the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Tuition assistance is available. Contact email@example.com or call 802-362-7137 to learn more.
Northshire Day School is a quality, licensed non-profit childcare and early education center, which serves area families by providing a safe and loving environment for their children.
The school’s professionally trained caregivers create a stimulating and nurturing atmosphere through developmentally appropriate programs and activities.
Northshire Day School helps to grow a strong community by partnering with families to raise happy and healthy children.
Our Core Values
Development of the Whole Child
NDS seeks to identify and build on each child’s unique greatness. We use competency based assessment through differentiation aligned with best practices and Vermont’s Early Learning Standards. Each child has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring early educators. Learning is active, cooperative, hands-on and play-based. NDS has a commitment to developing the whole child and fostering a lifelong love of learning.
Health & Safety
We are uncompromising in our culture of health & safety for our children and employees at NDS. Our policies and practices support an atmosphere of shared values that prioritize health and safety in our daily work with children and one another. Children learn about and practice healthy and safe choices creating an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for children and adults. Our goal is to help children develop healthy, happy lives equipped for the future.
Northshire Day School strives to provide a loving environment with our supportive and caring teachers modeling empathy, kindness and responsiveness to children to foster loving relationships amongst staff and students. NDS values a loving environment and meaningful relationships as a vital element in a child’s growth and development.
As an organization we are active in creating an internal community as well as participating in the community beyond the walls of our school. We believe that children are the most important asset in our community and their engagement in the community is an extension of their early experiences offering safe, supportive and positive environments for them to learn and grow in. We have positive and strong partnerships with area agencies to bring enriching and beneficial learning experiences to our students, teachers, families and community members.
NDS recognizes that strong partnerships that encourage family involvement are an essential part of any high-quality early care and learning program. Family involvement not only reinforces progress and learning, and supports children’s growth at a critical time for brain development, it also helps to support program development. Family’s presence at our school, contribution of time and dedication to our cooperative community is foundational to our school’s identity and culture.
Founded in 1829, Burr and Burton Academy is an independent high school that serves the public, accepting all students from 13 sending towns, as well as tuitioned students from fifteen countries around the globe, and numerous other towns in southern Vermont. BBA’s mission is to offer the personalization that is the hallmark of the best independent schools coupled with the democratic ideal of education for all.
Manchester Community Library is open to all as an inspiring gathering place for the community, providing opportunities and resources for personal enrichment and growth. The library is more like a community center than a traditional library, providing spaces, services, technology, and materials to meet, work, study, read, surf, and learn. Its physical space is designed to LEED Silver standards, with sustainable energy solutions and library planning principles in mind. It’s convenient to the center of downtown Manchester and fully ADA compliant. The staff at MCL is committed to providing residents and visitors alike with education, entertainment, and enrichment opportunities.
The Stratton Foundation is a community-based nonprofit that cares about the health and well-being of children and families in southern Vermont. Our role in the community is to respond to the needs that arise as a result of crisis, economic challenges, and quality of life for the families who live, work, and raise their children within the shires and mountain towns of our footprint. Our mission is to address the challenges that stand between a child in need and the opportunity to be healthy, safe, and prepared to learn. Our major areas of focus include Hunger, Basic Necessities, Oral Health, Mental Health and Education. Our vision is to break the cycle of generational poverty.
We support nutritious community food pantries, school backpack and summer food programs to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition. Poverty and hunger is particularly high within our rural mountain VT towns. Schools witness children not eating at all or gorging because there is no food at home, on weekends, or throughout the summer.
We support educational programs that set youth on a path for success and help teens develop a vision for a future of economic independence. Our area has among the highest concentration of VT families living in poverty, and it has been unchanged for decades. Children in poverty are more likely to drop out of school, perform poorly, & have health and wellness issues.
We provide funding to care for the health and well-being of our disadvantaged children. There are teens in our area that have never been to the dentist, and so many that go without basic necessities and mental health services. Geographic and socioeconomic factors form barriers that prevent poor VT children from growing up happy, healthy, and successful.
We provide children with coats, boots and warm socks in the Winter, and sneakers in the Spring, as well as funds to area schools to care for basic needs on a daily basis year round. Caring for a child’s basic needs impacts their preparedness to learn, ability to play, and capacity to thrive. Children in poverty endure a painful stigma of economic difficulty, all for the lack of what they cannot afford.
We provide financial assistance to those who experience hardship due to an emergency or crisis that prohibits them from caring for the needs of their family and children. A child’s care is our main priority. Help is provided to families who experience a house fire, transportation urgency, warmth crisis or other situation where the children’s safety or needs are at risk.
We provide First Generation and Personal Life Plan Scholarships to local high school teens to solidify their path to success and reach their future goals . Demonstrating need and potential, these young adults will go on to be educational groundbreakers for themselves and their families to break the cycle of generational poverty.