Act 166 Information
What does it
Act 166 now mandates funding for 10 hours of universal pre-K for all 3 to 5-year-olds in Vermont in a prequalified program for 35 weeks in a school year. Regardless of parental income or circumstance, all children who are age 3-5 on or before 9/1/20 are eligible to receive high quality early learning experiences. For 2020/21 the Act 166 funding is equal to $3445 per child.
Find out more about Prequalified Programs HERE
Why does VT
need Act 166?
Recognizes Early Years as critically important!
Early Childhood education is a profession, and teachers who train to understand development in the early years know that 80% of the brain architecture before age 5 is being built before our eyes as synapses are formed, strengthened and pruned according to the quality of the stimulation, problem solving and positive interactions the child is exposed to.
Encourages high quality Early Care and Education
The Let's Grow Kids Campaign has campaigned for high quality early care and education and Act 166 provides that the Grant is only used for tuition in those programs that meet some stringent Quality requirements.
Makes Early-Care affordable for VT families
Reduces the cost of high-quality education by at least 25% for full-time and more for part-time programs (if equal to at least 10 hours/week)
How can I recognize a Quality Early Care Program?
"High quality experiences for 3-5 year olds are play-based and are created through an intentional framework which includes highly trained, licensed teachers, a rich environment with manipulatives, natural materials and books full of print, numbers, pictures and stories"
When is my child
Where can we use the funds?
All Vermont School Districts are mandated to offer Act 166 funds in 2020/21
Unless you live in a School District that has chosen to create an Act 166 "Regions" -- limiting parents to use funds only in programs within its School District --- you can use the funds in any prequalified program EVEN IF THE PROGRAM IS OUTSIDE YOUR HOME DISTRICT. As of Junly 1, 2020, there are no Act 166 regions under review for 2020/21. An updated list can be found HERE
How do I get information from the School Districts?
Burlington School District offers publicly Funded Prekindergarten
South Burlington offers publicly funded Prekindergarten
Champlain Valley School District (formerly CSSU) Offers Publicly Funded Prekindergarten for children between the ages of 3 and 5 who reside in the towns of: Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George and Williston
Essex Westford School District (formerly Chittenden Central Supervisory Union and Essex Town Districts) 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 Town, Essex Junction and Westford
Mount Mansfield Modified Chittenden East Supervisory Union offers Act 166 for families in Bolton, Huntington, Jericho, Richmond and Underhill.
The Colchester School District offers publicly funded Pre-Kindergarten for children between the ages of 3 and 5 who reside in the Town of Colchester
Mount Abraham Unified School District (formerly Addison Northeast) offers publicly funded Pre-Kindergarten for children between the ages of 3 and 5 who reside in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven, and Starksboro.
Addison Central SD: Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham, Weybridge
Mount Abraham USD: Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven, Starksboro
Addison Northwest SD: Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Waltham, Vergennes
How can I register?
Which Town are you resident?