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Classroom Locations
Rutland County Head Start is a part-day, part-year program, with extended day, year-round childcare services at its main facility in Rutland City. Rutland County Head Start operates classrooms in several locations, with its focus of operations in Rutland City, the county's largest population center. Click here for classroom street addresses. 

All Rutland City classsrooms are located on convenient public transportation routes served by The Bus.

Meadow Street: The main center, located on Meadow Street in Rutland City, houses five classrooms. Head Start services are provided in a part-day, part-year format from September through May. All classrooms include extended-day, year-round childcare services Monday through Friday. The Meadow Street site is NAEYC-accredited, has a 5 STARS rating from the Vermont Child Development Division and is Qualified Public Pre-K Provider.

Rutland City Public Schools: RCHS collaborates with Rutland City Public Schools to operate inclusionary Early Essential Education (EEE)-Head Start classrooms at Pierpoint Early Learning Center (Northwest Primary School), and at our Meadow Street center. This collaboration allows Rutland City Head Start children with a diagnosed disability to experience a school environment prior to Kindergarten, in a classroom with "typical" peers. The collaborative classrooms serve children in a part-day, part-year format. Rutland City Public Schools provides transportation, free of charge, to all children enrolled in the collaborative. Rutland City Schools also has Paraeducators in some Meadow Street classrooms to serve EEE children with diagnosed disabilities. This inclusionary model at Meadow Street allows Head Start children with disabilities to receive special education services in a typical preschool setting.

Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union: RCHS collaborates with BRSU, with part-day, part-year Head Start services at the Mettawee Community School Early Essential Education classroom in Pawlet, Vermont.

We also collaborate with many Rutland County early education programs to provide comprehensive center-based preschool experiences for low-income families, and services for Head Start children with disabilities. RCHS has agreements to coordinate disabilities services with all seven Local Education Agencies in Rutland County: Rutland Central Supervisory Union, Rutland South Supervisory Union, Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union, Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union, Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union, and Rutland City Public Schools.


Children's Discovery Center for Early Learning: New Pre-School Site (non-Head Start) provides services Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  Located in the Hickory St. Housing Development at 15 Juneberry Lane in Rutland City.  Qualified Public Pre-K Provider.   

2018-2019 Important Dates

December 26-28, 2018 Head Start Closed - Child Care Open
January 15, 2018 Program Closed ML King Day
January 16, 2018 Program Closed Staff In-Service
February 19, 2018 Program Closed - President's Day
February 20 - 23, 2018 Head Start Closed - Child Care Open
April 20, 2018 Program Closed Staff In-Service
May 24, 2018 Last Day of Head Start Program
May 25, 2018 Summer Program Begins - Closing at 12:00
May 28, 2018 Program Closed - Memorial Day
July 4, 2018 Program Closed - Independance Day
September 4, 2018 First day of school
September 4, 2018 School Year Begins
November 12, 2018 Program Closed Staff In-Service
November 22 & 23, 2018 Program Closed - Thanksgiving Break
December 24 & 25, 2018 Program Closed - Christmas Break
December 31, 2018 Program Closed
January 1, 2019 Program Closed - New Year's Day

P.O. Box 222 • Rutland VT 05702 • PHONE: 802.775.8225 • FAX: 802.747.3583
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Rutland County Head Start is accredited by the National Association for the Education
of Young Children and has a 5-STARS designation from the Vermont
Child Development Division