NEWS RELEASE — Central Vermont Community Action Council
March 29, 2013
Head Start, Family Literacy Center Coordinator
Barre, VT – The Office of Head Start announced that Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) Head Start is the recipient of the 2013 Region 1 Award for Effective Family Engagement. Based largely on outstanding outcomes and comprehensive efforts made by the Family Literacy Center in Barre, this highly competitive award is for programs that demonstrate strong leadership and exemplify innovative approaches to family engagement.
“If the Family Literacy Center wasn’t around, I wouldn’t be where I am today. It’s made me a better parent to my daughter and a better person. I will be graduating high school in June and I wouldn’t be able to do that without the love and support from my wonderful teachers,” stated Logan Amell, a program participant.
“It is amazing what can happen when young parents are supported in all aspects of their development. They win, their children win, and their communities win.” said Stephanie Rubin, Family Literacy Center Coordinator. “It is an honor to receive the Region 1 award and to be part of such a special program designed specifically for pregnant and parenting teens.”
The Family Literacy Center supports teens in completing their high school diploma, building parenting skills, learning about healthy relationships and adopting health lifestyle practices. Family engagement is especially important for teens because many of them have not experienced supportive parenting or community involvement themselves. This program helps prepare participants to support their children financially, emotionally, nutritionally, and socially, so that the children are ready for school; their successes lay the foundation for them to become life-long learners and act as role models for their children to become life-long learners.
As one of twelve Regional Award recipients in the nation, CVCAC Head Start is in the running for the overall National Award, to be announced at the Office of Head Start’s 2nd National Birth to Five Leadership Institute in late April.
CVCAC was founded in 1965 to help people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. The 501(c)3 nonprofit agency provides a wide range of programs and services for low to moderate income Vermonters aimed at reducing poverty and creating prosperity. The work is focused on the basic tenets of outreach, empowerment, advocacy and organizing.