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Universal Pre-K Act 166

What is Act 166?

Act 166, signed into law in 2014, provides for universal access to publicly funded prekindergarten education. Publicly funded pre-K offers 10 hour perweek of free programing for all 3- to 5-year-olds during the academic year (i.e., 35 weeks). Pre-K education is offered in a variety of settings including center-based programs, home-based programs, Head Start classrooms, private preschool programs, and in public schools. Programs must be pre-qualified with the Agency of Education in order to access these funds.

How do I know if my child’s Private Community Pre-K is “pre-qualified”?
You can ask the pre-K director, Child Care Resource or look up provider credentials on the Bright Futures Information System.

What qualifies a pre-K program to become a pre-qualified through the Agency of Education to receive these funds?

  • The pre-K must be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or Vermont’s Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS) with 4 STARS or 3 STARS with an approved plan.
  • The pre-K must be licensed or registered by the Department of Children and Families and is in good regulatory standing.
  • The pre-K’s curricula must be aligned with the Vermont Early Learning Standards.
  • The pre-K must have at least one licensed early childhood or early childhood special educator on staff or supervising during the funded hours.
  • The pre-K must provide a secular pre-K education

Click here to Enroll for Act 166 Funding

Who are MMMUSDs Current Private PreK Partnerships?

Annettes Preschool

Burlington Children's Space
Bellwether School
Carolyn's Red Balloon
Children Unlimited
Essex Junction Rec
EJ Kids Klub
Frog and Toad Child Care
Green Mountain Montessori
Heartworks
Hinesburg Nursery School
Honey Comb Kids
Kid LogicLearning
Kids and Fitness (Essex)
Kids and Fitness (Williston)
Kids and Fitness (So Burlington)
Kinderstart Preschool

Lake Champlain Waldorf School
Little Ones University
Lund Early Childhood Program
Nadeau's Playschool
Pokerhill School
Reach for the Stars
Saxon Hill School
SMC Early Learning Center
Starsboro Cooperative PreK
Terri's Garden
The Children's School
The Schoolhouse Learning Center
Trinity Childcare Center
UVM Campus Children's Center
Williston Enrichment Center
YMCA at Jerichol Elementary
YMCA at Fletcher Allen

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