Preschool Opportunities

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School-Based Preschool Programs

The deadline for applications for 2017-2018 school-based preschool slots has passed. If you are interested in school-based preschool programs in EWSD, please contact Johanna Simmons at 878-8168 or johanna.simmons@ewsd.org to inquire about potential openings.

CCSU offers school-based prekindergarten programs at Summit, Hiawatha and Westford. ETSD offers school-based preschools at Essex Elementary School.  As of July 1, 2017, EWSD will offer the same prekindergarten programs that are currently offered in CCSU and ETSD. These school-based prekindergarten programs are free to residents of Essex Junction and Westford provide 10 hours of preschool each week. In order to attend one of the school-based preschool programs in Essex Junction at Summit or Hiawatha, children must be 4 before September 1, 2017. In order to attend the Westford program at the Westford Elementary School, children must be 3 before September 1, 2017.

Please note that the contact information for EWSD Preschool Opportunities (this includes CCSU and ETSD) is Johanna Simmons who can be reached at 878-8168 or johanna.simmons@ewsd.org.

 

Act 166 Funding

Are you looking to request registration for an Act 166 slot for a prekindergarten child for the 2017-2018 school year? Families who have accessed Act 166 slots during the 2016-2017 school year do not need to apply and will receive a letter requesting information about your continued interest in accessing the funds for the 2017-2018 school year.

CCSU offers Publicly Funded Prekindergarten Education (Act 166) in private preschools for children between the ages of 3 and 5 who reside in the towns of Essex Junction and Westford. As of July 1, 2017, CCSU and ETSD will merge into EWSD and this new school district will continue to offer similar preschool opportunities to residents of Essex Junction, Westford, and Essex Town.

Act 166 applications are taken on an ongoing basis. Act 166 enrollment completed after the beginning of the school year may be prorated to reflect the number of weeks the child is enrolled. If you are a resident of Essex Junction or Westford and are interested in Act 166 funding for the 2017-2018 school year, please contact Johanna Simmons at 878-8168 or johanna.simmons@ewsd.org.

Please see below for more information about Act 166.

What is publicly funded prekindergarten education through private preschools?

  • Ten hours per week (for 35 weeks) of developmentally appropriate early learning experiences that are based on Vermont’s Early Learning Standards.
  • Children who reside in Essex Junction or Westford and are between the ages of three and five are eligible. As of July 1, 2017, children who reside in Essex Junction or Westford and are between the ages of three and five are eligible. Prekindergarten education is limited to the academic school year (September 2017-June 2018).

What Should CCSU and EWSD Families Know About Universal/Publicly Funded Prekindergarten?

  • Children must be at least 3 years old by Sept. 1 2017 to qualify for prekindergarten funding.
  • Publicly-funded prekindergarten services can be found in schools and qualified community-based programs (homes and centers). This link (Vermont Providers) will bring you to a list of qualified prekindergarten providers in VT.
  • The state tuition rate paid to community-based private prekindergarten providers on behalf of children attending prekindergarten during the 2017-2018 school year is $3,178.
  • Children may not access the 10 hours of funding in both a school-based preschool slot and a private program.

 

How Do I Apply For A School-Based Prekindergarten Slot OR Act 166?

In order to access publicly funded prekindergarten, parents must request the funding for a private preschool program or request a school based slot through the school district. Enrollment packets for EWSD school-based programs will be sent out to eligible families after May 1. Prekindergarten education is an entitlement for all 3, 4 and 5 year old children and families may apply for funding at any time. Enrollment completed after the beginning of the school year may be prorated to reflect the number of weeks the child is enrolled.

School-Based Prekindergarten

The deadline for applications for 2017-2018 school-based preschool slots has passed. If you are interested in school-based preschool programs in EWSD, please contact Johanna Simmons at 878-8168 or johanna.simmons@ewsd.org to inquire about potential openings.

Act 166

To get an Act 166 slot at a private preschool, contact the preschool of interest to investigate availability at the program of your choice and then complete the school district request form (found at the bottom of this page). The school district provides the financial support for those slots but does not manage enrollment at private preschools. Parents are responsible for securing space at the preschool. Children must be 3 before September 1, 2017 to be eligible for Act 166 preschool slots in Essex Junction and Westford.

 

Act 166 Request Form

 

 

Contact for EWSD Preschool Information:
Johanna Simmons

58 Founders Road
Essex Junction, Vermont 05452
johanna.simmons@ewsd.org
(802) 878-8168