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

2017 PDEG Sub-grantee Application Information

Vermont is now accepting year three applications for Preschool Development Expansion Grants (PDEG) sub-grants.  All interested programs are expected to apply annually for the duration of the grant.  For existing PDEG sub-grantees, this is an opportunity to request additional funding to enroll higher numbers of new children and improve preschool programs.

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. Funds will be distributed to sub-grantees annually over a four-year term.

Sub-grantees are expected to prorate PDEG funds to expand and sustain voluntary, high-quality preschool programs for children whose family incomes fall below 200% of the federal poverty level.  These services can be provided directly to school districts and/or through other groups.  All Supervisory Districts/Supervisory Unions and Head Start grantees in Vermont with eligible children are invited to apply. The initial application deadline for school year 2017-2018 was March 10, 2017. This deadline was for applicants who were seeking funds beginning July 1, 2017. The Agency of Education is also accepting applications on a rolling basis for the 2017-2018 school year. If an application is accepted and approved, the grant date will be determined based on the time the application is received.

Applicant Instructions and Information: 

Documents to be Completed and Returned to the Vermont Agency of Education:


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

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