THE VERMONT PARENT CHILD NETWORK

Vermont’s Parent Child Centers (PCCS) are a network of 15 community-based non-profit organizations that serve all areas of our state.

The focus of each center is to provide support and education to families with young children with the goal of helping all Vermont families get off to a healthy start, while promoting well-being and building on family strengths.

This support and education has proven to prevent problems such as: school failure, poor health, welfare dependency, family violence, and abuse. Preventing these problems makes our communities stronger and saves money for the state.

PCCs not only provide critical services – they also partner with other service providers to ensure that services are coordinated and effective and that families have access to all of the programs they need. The Parent Child Centers serve as a home base for families who need support in Vermont.

ORANGE COUNTY PARENT CHILD CENTER (OCPCC)

OCPCC is one of the Vermont Parent Child Centers and serves 18 Central Vermont towns in Orange County and northern Windsor County: Bethel, Bradford, Braintree, Brookfield, Chelsea, Corinth, Fairlee, Newbury, Randolph, Rochester, Royalton, Stockbridge, Thetford, Topsham, Tunbridge, Vershire, West Fairlee, and Williamstown. 

For many years this non-profit organization provided services from its headquarters at 361 VT RT 110 in Chelsea, but in early September 2015 OCPCC relocated to the former Wellspring School property on Route 110 in Tunbridge, and a dream was brought to life.

Our current two-story building is over 8,000 square feet in total and the land is approximately 16 acres, part of which is wooded. Because the property was previously a school, the facility came fully equipped to immediately meet the needs of OCPCC’s programs.

OCPCC PROGRAMS

Parent Resources

Community playgroup facilitation in Bethel, Bradford, South Royalton, Tunbridge, and Randolph

Parent and childcare provider training and education services

Comprehensive resource and referral services

Community Events

We have many plans for expanding community offerings, such as seasonal community outdoor wellness activities (5K/10K walk/run, snowshoeing events), public space available for community partner utilization, and weekend family events, to name just a few ideas.

Home Visiting Services

Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) family support home visiting

Welcome Baby! and Family/ Child Home Visits

On-Site Programs

Families Learning Together (FLT) employment, education, parenting, and life skill services for young and at-risk parents

A full-service Early Education Program for children aged six weeks through five years, including a Public Pre-K partnership for 3 and 4-year olds

Kids Place – Supervised visitation and exchange services

Kinship Care support group services

This collection of programs can be offered as individual or integrated services, depending on the needs of the children or families being served. Collaboration between each of these programs is essential to providing seamless, comprehensive services.

Our Tunbridge facility is licensed for 60 children and provides a year-round, full-day, early education program for children from 6-weeks to kindergarten.

OCPCC supports partnerships with public schools to provide public pre-kindergarten services to three and four-year olds under under Act 166 (see information link Parent Resources).

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Cynthia Powers

Eliza Minnucci

Ian O’Donnell

Jay Hooper

Laura Ginsburg

Mary Ellen Otis, Executive Director maryellen@orangecountypcc.org