MARY JOHNSON CHILDREN'S CENTER
In 1970 a group of Middlebury residents decided that the community needed a safe supportive program for the children of families who needed to work outside of the home. They wanted to ensure that children, particularly the children of struggling single mothers, were being well cared for.
Today that program, Mary Johnson Children's Center, is a leader in early childhood education both in the county and in the state. The Center is home to several programs which support children and families. Reflecting the goals of its founders, the Center strives to meet the needs of working families who use the Center and who represent the economic and cultural diversity of our community.
Mary Johnson Children's Center operates several licensed school age programs around Addison County, hosted at elementary schools. These provide safe environments, nurturing relationships and enriching experiences for children and youth ages 5-12 on a daily basis. There are also summer full-day camps and a variety of special-interest enrichments offered annually by the Center's School Age Care Programs. Our guiding principles are drawn from those of the Center: we emphasize child-centered growth and development—physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively—and respect individual needs.