Early Multi-tiered System of Supports

The Agency of Education is a recipient of a State Professional Development Grant (SPDG) and Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant (RTT ELC).  Both federal grants support expansion, scale-up and sustainability of the Foundations for Early Learning (FEL) professional development initiative that began in 2008.  FEL is now referred to as Early Multi-tiered Systems of Support or ‘Early MTSS’.

Over the next five years, Early MTSS will continue to offer professional development to regional cohort leaders and early childhood practitioners based on the pyramid model, a tiered framework of evidence-based practices (EBP) developed by two national, federally funded research and training centers: the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI). This tiered framework of universal promotion, prevention and intervention is the model for delivering a comprehensive range of evidence-based practices, strategies and resources to families and early childhood practitioners with the goal of improving early learning, social and emotional well-being and competence for Vermont’s young children birth thru age 8.  Early MTSS also aligns the extensive research, materials and practices developed by the Center for Early Literacy Learning to support early learning.

Preschool Development Grants

The Preschool Development Grants competition supports Vermont and other States to (1) build or enhance a preschool program infrastructure that would enable the delivery of high-quality preschool services to children, and (2) expand high-quality preschool programs in targeted communities that would serve as models for expanding preschool to all 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families.

Preschool Development Expansion Grants

Year Four Information

The Vermont Agency of Education is now accepting year four applications for the Preschool Development Expansion Grant (PDG/PDEG). All interested programs are expected to apply annually. Year four applications are due March 1, 2018. Year four grants will be written to December 31, 2018. This means subgrantees may only charge to the grant until this date.

Vermont was awarded federal Preschool Development Grants Expansion funds to support state and local efforts to build, develop, expand, and sustain high-quality preschool programs. The purpose of PDEG grants are to ensure that more children from low- and moderate-income families enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life.

Subgrantees may only use funds for four year old students whose family income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty line. All supervisory districts, supervisory unions, and Head Start PreK programs in Vermont with eligible students are invited to apply. 

If you have any questions about the Preschool Development Expansion Grant, they can be directed to Laura Greenwood, PDEG Program Manager.

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Grant Opportunity

The Vermont Agency of Education is now accepting applications for Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant (RTT-ELC) funds to coordinate and conduct an Early Childhood Professional Development Institute for the summer of 2018.  The project involves collaboration with VT’s higher education consortium, Agency of Education, private organizations and interested higher education institutions, etc. Applications are due by March 16, 2018.

In 2014, Vermont was awarded federal RTT ELC funds to support state and local efforts to build, develop, expand, and sustain high quality early education workforce. The Early Childhood Summer Institute is one of several important strategies to accomplish this goal. The purpose of this project is to increase access to high quality early childhood coursework. This professional learning grant will provide an opportunity for individuals in the early childhood workforce to gain knowledge, learn and implement evidence based practices that support young children’s growth and overall development, readiness for kindergarten, success in school, community and in life. The courses offered at the institute should be designed to promote Vermont’s core values for early childhood education and to meet the needs of teachers from the AA to the MA level. Courses should align with Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS), the protective factors of the Strengthening Families framework, and VT’s Guiding Principles for the full participation of each and every child. A strong emphasis should be placed on courses that will assist teachers in obtaining or retaining AOE licensure in Early Childhood Education and/or Early Childhood Special Education.

If you have questions about the Early Childhood Institute Grant opportunity, please contact Kate Rogers, Early Learning Program Manager at

Grant Opportunity for Vermont Higher Ed Institution/Organizations

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Secretary Rebecca Holcombe
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

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