Act 62 of 2007
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 three- to five-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. View currently available documents and resources.
The Act places new requirements on participating programs for
quality, funding, and accountability. Rules developed jointly by
the Agency of Education and Department for Children and Families
assure greater coordination and collaboration across state
agencies insofar as prekindergarten education is concerned. The
State Board of Education will adopt rules concerning the
administration of prekindergarten education services and a report
on its efficacy will be submitted to the Vermont Legislature in
2010 with additional information and recommendations.
Links to Currently Available Information
Costs of Providing Prekindergarten
The Template for Calculating Actual Costs of Providing
Prekindergarten is for private child care and preschool providers
to calculate their real costs for providing part-time publicly
funded prekindergarten education (pre-K). The "per child cost"
that is calculated serves as the basis for the providers'
contract negotiations with the school district, and is then used
to determine the amount providers are allowed to charge parents
for the prekindergarten program (i.e., providers may only charge
parents the difference between their actual costs and what the
districts pays for the pre-K portion of the child's program).
This updated spreadsheet and instructions are designed to make
using the template much easier.
Public Input: Ways to
Simplify Act 62
Act 58 tasked the commissioners of the Agency of Education and
the Department for Children and Families to collect input from
the public on ways to simplify Act 62. The following documents
provide summaries from the public meeting held on October 7th and
the several written comments received before and after that
This document includes the center-based and family-based child
care programs, privately operated and school operated preschools,
and Head Start programs that provide publicly funded
This guide was developed to provide clarity and guidance to
school districts and community early care and education providers
as they work to meet the early education needs of young children
and their families. This guide discusses key components and
implications of Act 62, the prekindergarten education rules, and
Act 132. It answers commonly asked questions, provides
recommendations for complying with the rules, and includes an
appendix with various forms and sample documents.
The Prekindergarten Education rules which govern the
implementation of publicly funded prekindergarten education have
been in effect since July 1, 2008. They were recently amended in
order to strengthen the community needs assessment process,
include "potentially qualified providers," and shorten the appeal
process. These amendments are effective January 16, 2011. If you
have questions, please contact Manuela Fonseca at email@example.com
or (802) 479-1418.
View the law as approved by the Vermont Legislature in June 2007.
View the law as approved by the Vermont Legislature in 2008. It
amended Act 62 in three major ways: (1) it gave prekindergarten
programs operated by or through school districts a "presumptive
three STARS" for a year, (2) it postponed the required child
progress assessments and certain financial provisions of Act 62
until July 1, 2009, and (3) it required the Department for
Children and Families and the Agency of Education to jointly
develop rules for Vermont's Step Ahead Recognition System
Act 62 requires publicly funded prekindergarten programs to
report child progress data on an annual basis. All children who
are included in a district's school census as "PreK," or who are
on an IEP and receive four or more hours of early childhood
special education services per week must be assessed using either
the Work Sampling System (WSS) or Teaching Strategies GOLD (TS
There exist two versions of WSS and TS GOLD: a printed an online
version. As a result of Vermont's agreements with the publishers
of these assessment tools, reduced rates for the online versions
of TS GOLD and WSS are available. Use the link above to view
information on using and ordering these tools, as well as the
schedule for professional development opportunities.
Plan for Increasing Program Quality to 4 Stars in Vermont’s Step
Ahead Recognition System (STARS) Form
Act 166, the new publicly funded prekindergarten education law,
requires that early childhood programs seeking to offer publicly
funded prekindergarten must meet specific quality standards.
Programs must either be NAEYC accredited or hold 4 Stars with two
points in each arena. Programs that do not meet these standards
but have at least 3 Stars may provide prekindergarten education
IF they have an approved 2-year plan to meet the required program
quality standards. (NOTE: Act 166 shortens the time allowed for
programs to obtain 4 Stars to only 2 years.) To submit a plan,
download the form below. Please email the completed form as a
Word or PDF file to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This checklist is to be used by school districts and their
partners to verify that they are operating in compliance with the
specifics of Act 62 and the prekindergarten education (pre-K)
Information Fact Sheets
Manuela Fonseca at email@example.com or (802) 479-1418
Page Last Updated on July 7, 2014