Capstone Head Start Director Steps Down

BARRE — Marianne Miller announced Nov. 9 that after almost 29 years of service to low-income children and their families throughout Lamoille, Orange and Washington Counties, she is stepping down from her job as Head Start director later this month.

During her tenure, Miller increased Head Start enrollment and expanded services to include both infant/toddler and preschool full-day, full-year programming, licensed preschool centers, Head Start public school/pre-K partnerships, and private child care provider partnerships in addition to prenatal, infant/toddler and preschool home-based services.  Miller led the rehabilitation of Capstone’s Head Start center at the Brook Street School in Barre. Under her direction, Capstone also initiated statewide oral health and healthy relationship projects.

Under Miller’s leadership, the Capstone Head Start program was recognized as one of the top 40 programs in the United States for innovation in family service programming. The program has won numerous awards for excellence from the Office of Head Start and been commended for its in-service training program and use of technology.

Miller said, “It has been my honor to work with talented and committed staff who give both their heart and skill to the families we serve.  Our accomplishments reflect their dedication and tremendous effort in partnership with the families’ love and hopes for their children and their engagement with our program.  I know I leave the program in very capable hands of the Head Start team at Capstone. ”

Dan Hoxworth, Capstone’s executive director, has appointed Christy Swenson-Robertson  to serve as the interim Head Start director while the search for a successor is underway.  He said, “Capstone deeply appreciates Marianne’s dedication and leadership.  Over almost three decades Head Start has served more than 10,000 children and their families.  Head Start’s success is why so many now view high quality early education as essential to every child’s development.”

Capstone Community Action was founded in 1965 and works to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and to create economic opportunity for people and communities.  Capstone’s programs include emergency food assistance (with the third largest food shelf in the state), emergency heat and utility assistance, housing counseling including homelessness intervention, transportation assistance, workforce development, home weatherization and child and family development programs in Early Head Start/Head Start. Capstone serves over 18,000 people through these programs each year.

To learn more about Capstone Community Action and its Head Start program, contact Christy Swenson-Robertson at 479-1053 or visit the Capstone Community Action website at www.capstonevt.org.

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