The PreK must be licensed or registered by the Department of Children and Families and is in good regulatory standing.
Program must provide secular pre-K education.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or Vermont's Step Ahead Recognition System (STARs)
The PreK must be accredited by the NAEYC or Vermont's STAR with at least 4 STARS or 3 STARS with an approved plan to achieve 4 STARS.
Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS)
The PreK must be aligned with the Vermont Early Learning Standards.
Early Childhood (EC) Educator
The PreK must have at least one licensed early childhood or early childhood special educator on staff or supervising during the funded hours.