Serving Families Since 1969

The Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development provides inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families.

The Center is comprised of the Early Learning Center and Community Based Services, which includes Children’s Integrated Services, Family Supportive Housing, and Child Care Support Services.

Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) is the state of Vermont’s program for providing support to young children (0 to 6) and their families. CIS includes Early Intervention, Family Support, Early Childhood Family Mental Health (with HCRS) and Nursing.

Child Care Support Services includes the Child Care Referral, Child Care Financial Assistance, and the Child and Adult Care Food Programs, as well as the Early Learning Express Bookmobile.

Family Supportive Housing (FSH) is a program that helps families with young children who are homeless find and maintain housing.

The Early Learning Center offers early care and education for children age 6 weeks through 5 years. It is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and maintains a 5 STAR rating by the State of Vermont’s STep Ahead Recognition System.

April is Month of the Young Child

Each year in April, communities across the country celebrate the Week of the Young Child. Our community devotes an entire month, making April the Month of the Young Child. This is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of young children while also supporting their families and care givers who dedicate their time and energy to support the healthy development of our future generations. There are many events and activities throughout the month, all free, for young children and their families. Read more

Family Matters: Toying with the Idea of Toys

Commentary by Executive Director Chloe Learey; Published in Brattleboro Reformer, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Playing is one of the main ways children learn about how the world works, including social norms like what it means to be a girl or boy, as well as how we treat people who are different than us. These are lessons that are learned very early and can broaden or limit not only the possibilities children imagine for themselves but the very skills they develop.

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