"If VCLF hadn't stepped in to help us out, we'd be talking about closing instead of where we want to be in three years."
As Executive Director of the Rutland County Parent Child Center (RCPCC), Caprice Hover is focused on improving quality of life for families in her region of the state. She also chairs the Vermont State Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and is Vice-Chair at the Agency of Human Services’ Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs.
“I always wanted to work with kids, to be involved in work that had long-term and true impact,” says Hover. To that end, she now oversees 15 RCPCC educational and support programs, services and workshops including child care services, mentoring, budgeting, health and nutrition classes, parenting classes, high school equivalency, career readiness and more. RCPCC’s 42 employees serve over 3,000 Rutland County residents, sixty percent of whom meet the federal low-income standards.
Among the RCPCC success stories Hover likes to tell is that of the “Learning Together” Program that focuses on pregnant and parenting mothers up to age 21, who are working toward their GED. “The curriculum includes life skills, parenting, health, job readiness, and emotional wellness along with state-required high school courses,” Hover describes. Classes run year-round, with housing and child care available to students. Currently, 20 young women and teens are enrolled.