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Early Education

Publications & Resources

PUBLICATIONS (Updated 5/18/10)

2005 Comprehensive Plan for Early Literacy Success
In order to achieve the goal that all children learn to read by the end of third grade, a comprehensive system of services must include not only the first three grades of school but also those preceding years, from birth through kindergarten. This Plan serves as a map for action, an outline of feasible and essential steps and a tool for monitoring steps and strategies undertaken.

  Directory of Vermont's Act 62 Prekindergarten Education Programs(Added 5/18/10)
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 pre-kindergarten education.
  Early Education Initiative 2006-07 Year End Report
This report presents results of Vermont's prekindergarten program targeting preschoolers who are at-risk of school failure. This effective program shows developmental gains made by children attending high quality programs although fewer children were served this year despite high need.
  Moving On: Planning Your Child's Transition from the Family, Infant and Toddler Project to Essential Early Education
Written for parents, this guide focuses on the transition at age three for children with special needs as they move from one early intervention system to another. NOTE: The file size of this document is 3.7MB.

Moving On Up: Transition to Kindergarten for Young Children With Special Needs
Written for parents, this guides informs and prepares parents for successful transition planning when children may have special education needs. NOTE: The file size of this document is 4.6MB.

  Off to Kindergarten: A Booklet for Parents, Caregivers and Schools 
This document contains brief explanations of what parents can expect when the time comes for their child to go to school. Also contains useful information for early childhood programs and schools. NOTE: The file size of this document is 4.5MB.

Off to School: Toolbox for Effective Transitions
This document identifies 33 proven practices on a timeline currently used by school districts and early childhood programs to help all children make a successful transition to school. NOTE: The file size of this document is 4.8MB.

  Report on Vermont's "School Readiness Assessment Initiative": 2007-2008
This report shares the results from the seventh year of a multi-part assessment of "school readiness," conducted throughout Vermont in the 2007-08 school year. The assessment gathered information from kindergarten teachers on children's readiness in the fall of 2007. Information from teachers and school principals on their schools' readiness for young children and their families is also included.

Vermont's 2009 Early Childhood Resource Directory
This document provides state and local contact information about early childhood resources in your area. Contact information is provided for local school district Essential Early Education (EEE) and Early Education Initiative (EEI) programs, Family Infant and Toddler Programs (FITP), Head Start, parent/child centers, family support services, medical and health services, community development services,and Even Start. NOTE: There is no plan at this time to do a bulk mailing of this document. E-mail personnel and/or contact information changes to NOTE: This file is 5.63MB.

  Vermont's Early Education Initiative (EEI) 2005-06: Summary Report
Vermont's EEI has been supporting preschool services to children considered at-risk of school difficulties in their formative years. The report describes how a variety of programs throughout the state deliver services and the gains that children have made as a result.
  Vermont's Early Learning Standards (VELS) Publications
  • Guiding the Development and Learning of Children Entering Kindergarten
    This document is a companion guide to the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities that specifically addresses preschool education. It identifies eight domains (Approaches to Learning; Social & Emotional Development; Language, Literacy & Communication; Mathematics: Science; Social Studies; Creative Expression; and Physical Health & Development) which can be used to guide curriculum and assessment for programs serving three- and four-year olds. VELS is applicable across a variety of settings, including public preschool programs, Head Start, child care, and home settings.

    • VELS Poster
      Based on the Vermont Early Learning Standards, this attractive wall chart captures learning goals and definitions for young children as they enter kindergarten. NOTE: This document is designed to be printed on 14" x 11" paper.

  • Guiding Your Child's Learning: A Parent's Guide to the Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS)
    Parents often want to know what they can do to help prepare their child for a successful kindergarten experience. This guide explains the different areas of development and learning contained in Vermont's Early Learning Standards and offers suggestions for activities that can be done at home.

  • Trainer's Manual (Introducing the Vermont Early Learning Standards to Others) This document provides an outline, notes, suggested activities and hand-outs to introduce parents and early educators to the VELS. NOTE: The file size of this document is 1.85MB.

    • Instructor's Guide (2005)
      Intended for use by qualified instructors of early education providers, this guide is designed to provide early care and education professionals with greater depth and understanding about practices supporting the eight domains of the Vermont Early Learning Standards. NOTE: The printed version of the guide includes background information, lecture material, handouts and activities; the electronic version of the guide does not include the supplemental materials (i.e., lecture material, handouts and activities)

  Vermont Head Start Association and Vermont Head Start/Early Head Start Programs
Head Start and Early Head Start are national child and family development programs which provide comprehensive services for low income families and their children. Head Start serves children ages three to five and their families, and Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children from birth to age three and their families. Head Start preschool programs help children to prepare for kindergarten, and assist parents in accessing medical and dental services for their children. Head Start also provides services for children with special needs, and assists families in accessing social services and community resources. For more information, contact K.C. Whiteley, Director at (802) 241-2705 or

Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center (VNLCDC) Early Childhood & Afterschool Professional Development Resources
VLNCDC is a state-wide program that supports and enhances a comprehensive professional development system for early childhood and afterschool practitioners working in Vermont. Use the link above to view a list of available professional development resources. For additional information and resources, visit their Web site.


Part C to Part B Transition Conference, March 29, 2007 Resources
Use the following links to view presentation materials that were shared during the statewide conference held in Burlington on March 29th, 2007:

  • 'Myth' Perceptions PowerPoint Presentation Material
    The department and Family, Infant & Toddler (FITP) programs have chosen the top 5 technical assistance questions that have been generated by districts and host agencies statewide. This document provides the Part C and Part B regulation that applies to each 'myth' perception.
  • 'Lenses' PowerPoint Presentation Materials
    The department and Family, Infant & Toddler (FITP) presentations are intended to provide clarification about Federal and State regulations specific to Part C to Part B Transition. 'Looking at Part C to B Transition through a Part B Lens' and 'Looking at Part C to B Transition through a Part C Lens' present separate Part C and Part B perspectives outlining state and local transition responsibilities including SPP/APR data collection and reporting.

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