Addison County Parent/Child Center
P.O. Box 646
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-1590 (fax)
The mission of the Addison County Parent/Child Center is to provide support and education to families and assure that all young children and youth in our community get off to the right start with the opportunity to grow up healthy, happy, and productive.
For more than 35 years, the Parent/Child Center has worked with young parents, youth, and children to break cycles of poverty, illiteracy, and abuse. The program helps youth develop into more productive members of society, and become better parents themselves.
The Center has helped reduce the area’s teen pregnancy rate to one of the lowest in the nation. In fact, the Parent/Child Center serves as a national demonstration program for the federal Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Program. The Center runs the Elm Street House, a first-time renter’s program for homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 24. Young people who move into the house work with program staff prior to and during their residence. This client-driven participation includes weekly house meetings, classes, and individual support for everyone. In addition to the Elm Street House, the agency helps local teens find affordable housing.
The Parent/Child Center serves approximately 200 youth a month intensively. The Center reaches an additional 2,000 people through its pregnancy prevention work in the three union high schools, outreach, and home visiting.