CSSU supports Publicly-Funded Prekindergarten

Chittenden South Supervisory Union (CSSU) supports Publicly-Funded Prekindergarten for children between the ages of three and five who reside in the towns of: Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George, and Williston. Applications for 2014-2015 school year are due March 12, 2014.

What is publicly-funded prekindergarten education?
Publicly-funded prekindergarten is defined as six to 10 hours per week of developmentally-appropriate early learning experiences that are based on Vermont’s Early Learning Standards.

Where are these publicly-funded programs?
CSSU’s publicly-funded prekindergarten programs are located in community private early care and education programs that meet specific quality standards, and a classroom in each of the K-8 schools within the supervisory union. The qualified community early care and education programs that CSSU expects to partner with are:

  • Annette’s Playschool
  • Ascension Childcare, Inc.
  • Burlington Children’s Space
  • Bellwether School
  • Carolyn’s Red Balloon
  • Charlotte Children’s Center
  • Childcare Resource Home-based providers (Elsa Bosma, Heather Friedrichson, Donna Leicht, and Sheila Quenneville)
  • Children’s School
  • Discovery Preschool
  • EJRP Preschool
  • Heartworks – Burlington, Shelburne, and Williston
  • Hinesburg Nursery School
  • Kid Logic
  • Kinderstart
  • Kids and Fitness, So. Burlington
  • Otter Creek Children’s Center
  • Pine Forest Childcare
  • Robin’s Nest Children’s Center
  • Saxon Hill
  • The Schoolhouse
  • Shelburne Nursery School
  • Stepping Stones
  • Trinity Children’s Center
  • UVM Children’s Center
  • Williston Enrichment Center
  • Greater Burlington YMCA

For information about prekindergarten located in your school building, contact your local school.

Is this 6-10 hour/week program tuition-free?
The prekindergarten program offered in the public school is tuition-free. The prekindergarten program offered through a community early care and education program may charge families the difference between their actual cost of providing the 6-to-10-hour prekindergarten program and what Chittenden South Supervisory Union pays. Families would continue to be charged fully for whatever care and education program the child attends beyond the 10 hours/week during the academic year. We recommend you contact the prekindergarten program directly for information about tuition.

Is my child eligible for CSSU publicly-funded prekindergarten?
If your child is 3 years old by Sept. 1, 2014 and resides in Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George, or Williston, then your child is eligible to participate.

Please note: If interest in publicly-funded prekindergarten rises above our enrollment cap, then a random selection process (lottery) will be used to determine which children receive publicly-funded prekindergarten education. Parents will be informed on whether their child has a slot by April 15, 2014.

How do I apply? Submit an application form which can be obtained by calling Wendy Clark at 383-1235, email wclark@cssu.org, or visit the Chittenden South Supervisory Union Website at www.cssu.org.

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