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Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



Addison Northeast, Addison Central and Addison Northwest supervisory unions — which cover 17 towns in the Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes areas — all will support some sort of publicly funded preschool programs in 2015-2016.

What is publicly funded preschool?

Publicly funded preschool is defined as 10 hours per week (35 weeks per year, September-June) of developmentally appropriate early learning experiences based on Vermont’s Early Learning Standards.

Addison County publicly funded preschool programs are located in high-quality preschools and preapproved by the Agency of Education. Preschool providers may include:

•  Private child care providers and preschools.

•  Home providers.

•  Public school preschool programs including Essential Early Education programs.

What qualifies us for publicly funded preschool?

Your child must attend 10 hours per week, for 35 weeks per school year, of prequalified preschool programming to be considered for publicly funded preschool tuition. Children must turn 3, 4 or 5 by Sept. 1, 2015, to be considered.

How does publicly funded preschool work in my school district and who do I contact?

Families may contact any prequalified program to enroll their child for the 2015-2016 school year. Publicly funded preschool varies depending on the school district in which you reside. Information about prequalified preschools and parent applications may be found at www.MiniBury.com or by asking preschool providers.

Families must submit application materials by July 1, 2015, in order to be considered for publicly funded preschool tuition. Notification of approval for publicly funded tuition will be mailed to families after July 15, 2015.

A lottery may be used for districts with limited public preschool funds, for the 2015-2016 school year.

Questions or concerns about publicly funded preschool in 2015-2016 may be directed to your supervisory union central office or preschool provider.

Addison Central Supervisory Union

Attn: Linda Steinmiller, ACSU, 49 Charles St., Middlebury, VT 05753

ACSU will publicly fund 4- and 5-year-old residents of Ripton, Cornwall and Middlebury at the following preschools:

•  Quarry Hill

•  Mary Johnson Children’s Center

•  Otter Creek Child Center

•  East Middlebury Cooperative Nursery School

•  Evergreen Preschool (pending)

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union

Attn: Valli Audy, ANESU, 72 Munsill Ave., Bristol VT 05443

ANESU will publicly fund 3-, 4- and 5-year-old residents from Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, Starksboro and New Haven at the preapproved preschool of the parent’s choice.

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union

Attn: Linda Duvall, ANwSU, 48 Green St., Vergennes, VT 05491

ANWSU will publicly fund 3-, 4- and 5-year-old residents from Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham at the preapproved preschool of choice.

 

Prequalified Preschool Partners (may be subject to change) for 2015-2016 are:

•  Evergreen Preschool

•  Otter Creek Child Center

•  Quarry Hill School

•  Mary Johnson Children’s Center

•  East Middlebury Cooperative Nursery School

•  Starksboro Cooperative Preschool

•  Mountain Road Preschool

•  Annette’s Preschool

•  DEI Sapphire Center

•  Discovery Hill Family Child Care and Preschool

•  Bristol Family Center

•  Lincoln Cooperative Preschool

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