PCS PK4 Enters Year 5!
We're thrilled to be able to offer a preschool for four-year-old children. (Children must be 4 by September 1st of the school year.) At present, our all-day, school-year preschool has an enrollment of thirteen students. We really couldn't be happier, both with the response from Putney parents and the support of our taxpayers, as well as outside agencies such as the VT Community Preschool Collaborative (VCPC), and pledge to work hard to pay back the trust placed in by offering a first rate program for our youngest learners. For more on the PCS PK4 program contact lead teacher Valerie Kosednar or school counselor Hillary Keach. (For a PCS Initial Enrollment Form and Enrollment Guidelines see the bottom of this page.)
Putney Parents: Looking for an early childhood program beyond PCS?
Listed below are brief descriptions of the state-regulated child care programs in Putney, Dummerston, and Westminster. For information about programs in Brattleboro or other towns, and to find out more about tuition assistance from the state for please contact Windham Child Care Association in Brattleboro at 254-5332.
Parents are encouraged to call and visit child care programs before making their decision. Do contact Windham Child Care Association for a quality checklist to assist you when visiting programs. Though the formal school system typically begins at kindergarten, your child’s learning begins even before birth. Choosing a nurturing, developmentally appropriate program for your birth to five-year-old will help prepare him/her for future success in school.
Child Care Centers care for children of varying ages. The State of Vermont licenses require them to meet minimum health, safety, program, staffing and training requirements. Children are usually grouped in rooms by age. Centers often include preschool programs. Most centers provide year-round schedules, with no options for weekend care. There is now one option for evening care in Brattleboro.
Nursery Schools are generally part day programs for preschool age children (3-5 years). They are open during the school year only, with a few exceptions. State regulations for nursery schools are the same as those for centers.
Family Child Care Homes provide care for children of varying ages. The maximum number of children in state-registered homes is 10 (2 under the age of two, 4 preschoolers and 4 school-age children). Licensed Family Child Care Homes can care for up to 12 children with a second adult present when more than 6 children attend. With the exception of children under the age of two, these numbers do not include the provider's own children.
Children are cared for in the provider's own home, usually in a mixed age group. A very few providers provide evening and weekend care. The State of Vermont requires providers to meet minimum safety, health, and training requirements. Providers voluntarily participate in STARS, a state quality-assessment program, earning up to five stars. A number of providers have also earned their CDA, the nationally-recognized Child Development Associate credential.
Family, friend and neighbor care is not regulated by the state if children from just one or two families are cared for. These caregivers are welcome to participate in the training and support programs offered by Windham Child Care Association, 254-5332, or www.windhamchildcare.org
Connie Fitch, 387-4390. Takes birth to age five. Operating for thirty years.
The Family Garden, Evelyn Trier, Director; Elm Lea, Rosie Smith, Director 257-7890. A multi-age, family-style center-based program. Birth to age five.
Liz Adams, 387-5258 Family child care home serving preschool age children, part time.
The Grammar School, 387-5364 Preschool, school-year program.
Carol Lynch, 254-2517. Working on third STAR. Child Care Commitment Award from Windham Child Care Association. Ages infant to five. Operating for over 40 years.
Robin Newell, 387-8586, Four Stars, CDA. Ages one to five plus school-age children after school.
Jen Reffi, 387-2752. Four Stars, CDA. Takes children ages three months to age five.
Laurie Vigneau, 257-7890. Infant to age five.
Doris Winter, 257-1221. Two Stars, CDA, infant to age five.
Melissa Carlstrom, 536-4253. Former pre-K teacher; BA in psychology. Ages one to five.
Bambi Solomon, (301) 302-4843. Six weeks to age two (infants and toddlers) only.
Suzanne Wozniak, 387-8711. Four Stars, certified teacher. Ages 15 months to age five.
Joyce Walker, 722-9638. Infant to age five.
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