Childcare for Summer/Fall 2020
Various organizations around Essex Junction, Essex, and Westford provide day camps or day care options for days when school is not in session due to alternate schedule days, in-service days, federal holidays, and planned vacation-week breaks.
The Essex Westford School District does not endorse any specific program, but has listed a few options here for family convenience, including the programs that operate inside EWSD school buidings during breaks.
Space is often limited, so contact the provider directly to secure a spot.
Essex Junction Recreation and Parks
Camps are held at various EWSD schools or at EJRP headquarters at 75 Maple Street. Visit EssexRec.org for more.
Camp care can be reserved by the day or by the week and days run 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: (802) 878-1375
Essex Recreation and Parks
Camp days can be reserved by the day or for the full week.
Camp care is held at Essex Middle School and runs from 7:30-5:30 p.m. Visit EssexRec.org for more.
Contact: (802) 878-1342
The YMCA program is available for after school care at Westford and Essex Town schools during the school year. Learn more at the Afterschool Care page on the YMCA's website. When calling, mention the school name.
Contact: (802) 862-9622
Fit2Excel: afterschool programs - Fit2Excelvt.com or (802) 871-5423
Hand in Hand: (802) 879-9955
Kids & Fitness (The Edge): (802) 879-7734 x1113 Offers buses from Essex schools to the after-school program. Read more on EdgeVT.com
Little One’s University: (802) 872-7444
Reach for the Stars: (802) 871-5117
Regal Gym: (802) 655-3300 Learn more on the Regal website about classes and programs
Wildflowers Studio: (802) 662-2101 Classes and programs after school at Wildflowers.
Free Meals and Food Distribution
EWSD Packaged Meals
EWSD will be providing free meal service this summer. Meals are free to all children ages 18 and under, no application or prior approval is needed.
Pickup for packaged breakfast and lunch will be distributed - via a drive-through system - at the following locations and times.
- Albert D. Lawton School, 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
- Essex Elementary School, 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
- Westford School, 10:10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
All meal pick up sites, drive-thru locations, and meal deliveries will be practicing the recommended six-foot social distancing. Please help us all stay healthy by keeping this distance from others.
As we move forward, we will continue to explore and develop additional drive-thru pick-up sites as well as develop a meal drop-off system to increase convenience. We will communicate any updates as they become available.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Scott Fay (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the Child Nutrition Office at 802-857-7333.
Farm to Families
Food boxes with Vermont produce and dairy, as well as prepared chicken, will be distributed at sites statewide for vehicles to pick up, through August and possibly later. Distribution sites will rotate around the state in July, with each site occurring at least twice during the month. If you don’t make it to the first distribution date for your town, check the calendar below to see when distribution will be back in your community. For more information about sites and to register for a pickup visit the Human Resources page on the State's website.
Food Shelves Serving Essex and Westford
2nd Monday 5:30pm to 7:30pm
4th Thursday 2:00pm to 6:00pm
First Congregational Church, 1 Church Street, Essex Junction
Contact: (802) 878-5745
Aunt Dot’s Place
Tuesday 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Thursday 9:00am to 11:00am
Saturday 9:00am to 11:00am
51 Center Road, Essex
Contact: (802) 857-8208
Essex Jericho Underhill Ecumenical
3rd Saturday 9:00am to 11:00am
Good Shepard Lutheran Church
273 VT-15, Jericho
Contact: (802) 878-5997
Williston Community Food Shelf
Tuesdays 5:00pm to 6:30 pm
Thursdays 9:00am to 11:00am
Saturdays 9:00am to 11:00 am
400 Cornerstone Drive #130 Williston
Contact: (802) 735-6303
Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf
9:00am to 4:00pm
229 North Winooski Ave, Burlington
Contact: (802) 658-7939
Testing Center - UVM Drive Thru @CV Expo
Address: 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452
Phone: (802) 878-5545
Drive through testing - must have doctor's referral first. If you do not have a Primary Care doctor you may call VT Department of Health (802) 863-7240 OR 211 for assistance. Urgent Care(802) 847-1170
Testing Center - ClearChoiceMD South Burlington
Address: 1200 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05403
Phone: (802) 448-8205
First register online, second have an appointment to determine if symptomatic, third wait in your vehicle, and someone will come out and collect the test. Schedule appointments online. Drivers License and insurance card.
COVID-19 Health Related Updates
COVID Business and Consumer Resource Center
Unemployment Benefits/Jobs Center
Mental Health, Substance Use, and Disability Needs
Community Outreach Team
Howard Center social workers available to help Essex community members with social service needs such as helping a homeless person access housing and economic services, connect someone with substance use disorder supports or connecting someone on the verge of a mental health crisis with appropriate services.
Contact: (802) 488-7778
First Call Chittenden County
Trained, professional staff available 24/7/365 offering phone support, crisis intervention and assessment, referrals to appropriate services and connection to follow-up care.
Contact: (802) 488-7777
COVID Support VT
COVID Support VT offers self-help tips, resources, and a way to connect to existing mental health and community services.
Pathways Peer Line
The support line is staffed by local peers who’ve been through tough situations themselves. Struggling with a challenging situation, have feelings of sadness, anger, isolation or depression?
Women, Infants & Children
WIC provides healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support and nutrition resources to eligible Vermonters. If you're income eligible and pregnant or the parent/caregiver of a child under five, WIC may be right for you!
Contact: 1-800-649-4357 WWW.HEALTHVERMONT.GOV/FAMILY/WIC
The Economic Services Division
Administers several benefits that help Vermonters meet their basic needs. Details of some of the benefits are listed below.
3 SquaresVT helps low-income people buy the food they need. Benefits are provided on a debit card and are accepted at most grocery stores and many farmers’ markets.
Reach Up joins families on their journey to overcome obstacles, improve their finances and reach their goals.
The Essential Person Program helps you stay in your home by contributing to the cost of having someone live with you to provide essential care.
Farm to Family helps you buy locally-grown, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and fresh-cut herbs at participating farmers markets and farm stands.
Fuel Assistance helps you pay part of your home heating bills whether you own your home or rent.
Essex Municipal Office
Contact: (802) 878-6951
Age Well VT
Committed to helping individuals age well, reducing barriers by providing access to healthy meals, in-home care and community resources. The Helpline is the aging resource in Vermont for information and assistance. Topics of expertise include: transportation, housing, long-term care, insurance and Medi-care counseling, nutritional services, in-home care, and much more.
Essex Area Senior Center*
Contact: (802) 876-5087
*Currently closed due to COVID-19