Publicly Funded Prekindergarten
Vermont school districts have the option of providing
publicly funded prekindergarten (preK) education for three-
to five-year-olds by establishing partnerships with
qualified early care and education programs, by operating a
preK program directly or by doing both.
62 - An Act Relating to Prekindergarten
Act 62 was signed into law in 2007. It reaffirms a
long-standing practice of state and local support for
publicly-funded prekindergarten education for 3-5 year
old children by schools and private programs. While not a
mandatory program for towns or children, it allows
interested communities to provide limited early education
services in quality settings. NOTE: This link also
provides information about Act 132 of 2008 (An Act
Related to Ensuring Quality in Prekindergarten Programs)
that amended Act 62 in three major ways.
Established by the Legislature in 1987, EEI prepares
at-risk preschool children for success in kindergarten and
beyond. EEI serves children who are ineligible or
inadequately served by existing early childhood education
programs. Coordinated with community programs to avoid
duplication and to make the best possible use of resources,
EEI services also fill gaps created by restrictive
requirements or insufficient resources.
Grant Proposal Application
Process for 2014-2015
the Early Education Initiative (EEI) grant program are
now available. EEI was established by the Vermont
Legislature in 1987 to provide early education
opportunities for three- and four-year-olds who are
at-risk. The EEI grant is a one-year grant awarded
through a competitive process; the range for EEI grants
is $10,000 to $30,000. Funding is
contingent upon legislative approval.
Early Education (EEE)
This statewide program coordinates early childhood special
education services for children ages three through five.
Services are administered by local school districts in
conjunction with local early childhood service providers to
ensure inclusive educational environments.
Even Start Family Literacy
Start Family Literacy program is a federally funded program
model that integrates adult, parenting and early childhood
education into a comprehensive family literacy program to
break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and low
literacy. Even Start programs offer educational services
primarily children from birth through age 7 and their
parents. Families are selected for services based on their
level of economic and educational needs. Even Start builds
on existing high-quality adult, early education and
parenting services to provide family-centered programming
of sufficient duration and intensity to support high
educational achievements and economic self sufficiency.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - Part C
provides for early intervention services for infants and
toddlers with disabilities and their families.
Implementation of these services in Vermont is through a
family-centered coordinated system called CIS/Early
Intervention. The Agency of Human Services and the Vermont
Agency of Education share responsibility for implementation
as co-lead agencies. The Vermont Department of Health, as
project partner, provides administrative support.
Title I Preschool/Migrant Preschool
Many Vermont school districts receive federal Title I funds
to provide compensatory education services to children
considered at-risk or disadvantaged. Title I funds may be
used to support a school's preschool program for these
children. In addition, three- and four-year old children
who qualify for migrant status are eligible to receive
early education services supported by federal funds.