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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Potter's House School & Child Care Center

  1. STARS
    We proudly participate in STARS (Step Ahead Recognition System), Vermont's quality recognition system for childcare, preschool, and after school programs. Having reached 4 Stars we are proudly exceeding state regulations by providing professional services that meet the needs of children and families. This expansion allows us to be eligible for our 5th Star, Vermont's highest designation.
  2. Specialized Center
    We are a specialized center, one of only six in the Upper Valley, which serves children from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. About one third of our students come through the Department of Children and Families (DCF) looking for a stable and loving place after having experienced various trauma in their young lives. We support DCF by participating in transitioning families back to reunification and providing space for family visits. Over the years we've developed a special relationship with Dr. Nina San-Loud MD, Behavioral Developmental Pediatrician, Psychiatry at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). She recognizes the significant impact we are making in our community and regularly sends doctors in her residency program to observe the connections we are making with children in our classrooms who have experienced severe attachment disorders and trauma. She recognizes our impact and the current great need in our community.
  3. Nurturing Our Children
    We purpose to prepare our students to be the future strength of our communities and the world. The loving environment we provide produces a strong sense of community along with a safe place for each child to grow.
  4. Well Established
    Potter's House School and Child Care Center has served the Upper Valley since 1995. We are recognized as an Independent School by the State of Vermont and a specialized birth through preschool Early Childhood Education Center. We continue to reach families in both Vermont and New Hampshire.

Did you know?

"7,300 Upper Valley children under 5 years old live in fully employed families needing access to early childhood education. But in a four-county-region - Orange and Windsor in VT, and Grafton and Sullivan in NH, just under 5,000 licensed spots are available. Researchers said, "Early childhood is a critical development period, and access to early childhood education is essential not only for learning but also as a necessary support for parents who work. More than half the families who responded to the survey said they encountered wait lists longer than three months."

Researchers at Carsey School of Public Policy at University of New Hampshire 9/2018
DCF recently shared their need to place 30 children, 6 weeks - 5 years, and 27 children 6 - 12 years for daycare. This did not include "Open Family Case" children who are not in custody but live with their parents. The need is great and the only limit we have in meeting the need is more space.

DCF 4/3/19
We support foster care parents in the community through our relationship with DCF and have actually witnessed adoptions of children in our care.

How The New CCC Facility Will Help Our Community​​

Increased Capacity
We are currently at full capacity serving 38 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. We have a waiting list for all ages that extends through 2020.

Our new building space will allow us to expand to 80 children.
5 STARS Eligibility
We go above and beyond state regulations to provide professional services that meet the needs of children and families. 

This expansion will allow us to be eligible for our 5th STAR, Vermont's highest designation. 

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