About Pre-K for All
Our nation stands at a pivotal moment to promote the educational and future economic success of our children through interventions that science tells us help improve their development, education and well-being.
Momentum is growing for programs like evidence-based home visits and high quality childcare and preschool. Vermont recently passed Act 166 in 2014 providing universal pre-kindergarten for all 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, 10 hours per week during the academic year. Full implementation of that law was delayed for a year, but Vermont is taking steps to even the playing field for children and their families who are shut out of opportunities to improve their economic mobility.
Pre-K for All is a catch phrase many states or cities use to describe their universal pre-K programs. Most recently, New York City kicked-off the implementation of its Pre-K for All program with full-day pre-K and is one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top priorities. Washington DC was a leader in early education and one of the first to use the moniker, Pre-K for All. DC’s road to early education started in 1964, when Anacostia Pre-School Project served as a pilot site for the Federal Head Start Program. That developed into the Pre-K for All DC campaign in 2006 leading to their pre-K law passing in 2008.
As Vermont moves to expand their pre-K programs, BBF will offer links to helpful information.
FACTS about Vermont’s Pre-K
Webinars Related to Act 166
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- Financial Overview, February 9, 2015
- Overview of Act 166, February 12, 2015
- Establishing or Expanding a Public School Prekindergarten Program, March 5, 2015
- Prequalification as a Prekindergarten Education Program, March 12, 2015
- Act 166 Regions, March 19, 2015
- Understanding Head Start in Vermont’s Universal Prekindergarten Education System, May 28, 2015
- Serving Children with Disabilities in a Public PreK Program, June 4, 2015
Public Comment Transcript, May 20, 2015
VT AOE Application for Pre-qualification of Pre-K Programs
Download an application from VT Agency of Education here.