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Act 166 FAQ

Windham Central Supervisory Union supports Publicly Funded Prekindergarten under Act 166 for children between the ages of 3 and 5 
We strongly encourage registrations to be completed for the 2016-2017 school by October 1, 2016 

Q: What is publicly funded prekindergarten education?
Publicly funded pre-kindergarten education is defined as:
Ten hours per week of developmentally appropriate early development and learning experiences that are based on Vermont’s Early Learning Standards.

Children who reside in Brookline, Jamaica, Marlboro, Newfane, Townshend, Stratton and Wardsboro and are between the ages of 3-5 are eligible. The 35 weeks of pre-kindergarten education are limited to the academic year September 2016-June 2017.

Q: Where are these publicly funded prekindergarten programs?
The publicly funded prekindergarten programs are located in community private early care and education programs that meet specific quality standards. The community early care and education programs that WCSU School District currently partners with, but are not limited to:

 The Dover School  The Mountain School at Winhall  West River Montessori
 The Garland School  Neighborhood Schoolhouse  Winston Prouty
 Hilltop Montessori   Sunny Lane Daycare  
 The Meetinghouse School  Timson Hill Preschool  
WCSU has tuition free publicly funded prekindergarten for 4 year olds in three sites: Jamaica, Townshend and Wardsboro. 
The Dover School offers publicly funded prekindergarten for 3 & 4 year olds.

You can find out information about other providers through "Bright Futures Childcare Information System."  

Q: Is this 10 hour/week prekindergarten program tuition free?
Yes. 10 hours a week for 35 weeks will be fully funded under Act 166. If families opt to keep their child in a program beyond the ten hours, families would continue to be charged fully for whatever care and education program the child needs beyond the 10 hours/week during the academic year.

Q: Is my child eligible for publicly funded prekindergarten?
If your child is 3 or 4 years or 5 years old by September 1, 2016 and resides in Brookline, Jamaica, Marlboro, Newfane, Townshend, Stratton, Wardsboro then your child is eligible to participate.

Q: How do I apply?
Families should enroll their child at the elementary school in their town of residence AND complete the WCSU Registration Form and submit to the preschool that your child will attend.

Q: Who do I call if I have more questions?
If you need further assistance regarding Act 166, please call your local elementary school district.

Note: Stratton families should contact the Stratton Town Office 896-6184.