HCRS is very pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with Kindle Farm School in Newfane, Vermont. Kindle Farm and HCRS have collaborated on children’s services for many years, creating a natural pairing to enhance therapeutic services and programming at the school.
Kindle Farm offers an alternative educational experience for boys in grades 2 to 12 from two locations in Newfane where they provide year-round day programming for students who have struggled to find success in a traditional classroom setting. Kindle Farm is able to provide a successful educational experience for its students through a low student/teacher ratio, combining academics, therapeutic recreational activities, and traditional therapy, and by focusing on students’ individual behavioral, emotional, and academic needs. Kindle Farm serves students from both southern Vermont and New Hampshire.
This collaboration with Kindle Farm offers a natural extension to HCRS’ spectrum of children’s services. According to Judith Hayward, HCRS’ Chief Executive Officer, “HCRS is excited about the prospect of helping Kindle Farm maintain its very valuable contribution to education in the southern part of the state. But more than that, we see this new venture as a way to complement and augment the work which HCRS already provides to our communities.”
In addition to financial resources, HCRS’ clinical supports will enhance existing services at Kindle Farm. Although enrollment has declined in recent years due to the current economic climate, it is expected that this partnership will allow the school to increase the number of students who are able to receive these much needed alternative educational services.
Josh Compton, Senior Director of Program Development and Director of Developmental Services at HCRS, will have oversight responsibility for Kindle Farm. Dana Gordon-Macey, an employee of Kindle Farm for the past 13 years, will continue as Executive Director.
Kindle Farm will continue to operate as an independent, Vermont accredited school.