WCSU Prekindergarten

Windsor Central Supervisory Union offers school based public prekindergarten programs at four of our
elementary school campuses! 

Under Vermont’s Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten, these programs are open to all Vermont students who are at least 3 years old by September 1, 2019, and who are not yet eligible to enroll in Kindergarten.

For the 2019-2020 school year, public prekindergarten programs are offered in Barnard, Killington, Reading, and Woodstock.

Prekindergarten is led by a licensed early childhood educator and will include a variety of rich, developmentally-appropriate learning opportunities aligned with the Vermont Early Learning Standards. Students will participate in community building activities, literacy and math centers, and indoor and outdoor play. Our campuses offer programming five days per week for the school year following the district calendar, and is grounded in research around early childhood education; we believe students benefit from consistent routines, continuity of curriculum and learning activities, and a strong classroom community. Our early childhood educators are best able to provide a vibrant and meaningful learning environment when they can plan directly for a regular group of students. To this end, we will not be enrolling students on a drop-in basis or only on certain days.

You can register for the Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten funding now by clicking on your town’s residency button.

This does not register your child with any prekindergarten program. This is only to take advantage of the Universal Prekindergarten funding.

For residents of the Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School District*:
(* WCMUUSD residents are families that reside in Bridgewater, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, and Woodstock.)
Full-day Prekindergarten at our public programs at Killington, Reading, or Woodstock Elementary Schools is covered by Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten funding and the district, with no additional cost to families. “Full-day” is defined as from the time the program opens in the morning until the end of the elementary school day, not later than 3:00 p.m.

Should WCMUUSD residents wish to enroll their child in any other out-of-district Vermont prekindergarten program, Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten funding will pay for 10 hours per week for 35 weeks of programming at a Vermont prequalified prekindergarten. Charges for attendance beyond those hours are the family’s responsibility.

For Barnard School District residents:
Full-day Prekindergarten at the Barnard Academy Prekindergarten Program is covered by Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten funding and the district, with no additional cost to Barnard families. “Full-day” is defined as from the time the program opens in the morning until the end of the elementary school day, not later than 3:00 p.m.

Should Barnard residents wish to enroll their child in any other Vermont prekindergarten program, Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten funding will pay for 10 hours per week for 35 weeks of programming at a Vermont prequalified prekindergarten. Charges for attendance beyond those hours are the family’s responsibility.

For Pittsfield School District residents:
Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten funding will pay for 10 hours per week for 35 weeks of programming at a Vermont prequalified prekindergarten. Charges for attendance beyond those hours are the family’s responsibility.

If you are not a WCSU resident*:
(* WCSU residents are families that reside in Barnard, Bridgewater, Killington, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, and Woodstock.)
Please contact the supervisory union that oversees your town’s elementary school for information on how to access their Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten funding for 10 hours/wk for 35 weeks. Our prekindergarten programs accept out-of-district Vermont students, but your district funds the tuition. Enrollment in our programs will only occur AFTER you have your district’s funding approval.

Please choose a prekindergarten campus below to learn more about specific hours and program details. 

For more information about a specific WCSU Prekindergarten Program, contact the school principal.

Barnard Academy Prekindergarten Program: Hannah Thein - hthein@wcsu.net
Killington Prekindergarten Program: Mary Guggenberger - mguggenberger@wcsu.net
Reading Prekindergarten Program: John Hansen - jhansen@wcsu.net
Woodstock Prekindergarten Program: Maggie Mills - mmills@wcsu.net

 
 

Ready to register for a WCSU Prekindergarten program?

The WCSU Priority Registration window will open March 1st
through April 26th.

WHO:

  • Students who currently reside in the towns of Barnard, Bridgewater, Killington, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, and Woodstock are eligible to register during this priority window.

  • Out-of-district prekindergarten families who are currently enrolled in one of our public programs located at BA, KES, RES, or WES may also register during this priority window. 

Any other application submitted during this time will be held until the General Registration window opens.

The General Registration Window will open April 29th.

  • Beginning on April 29th, applications received for any qualifying student will be accepted on a rolling basis. Placements will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis until classes are filled.


    Non-residents MUST complete their home district’s Universal Prekindergarten paperwork
    before registering with a WCSU Prekindergarten program. You will be responsible for ALL program charges should you neglect to complete your district’s
    funding paperwork.

    Non-resident General Registration button will activate on April 29th.

Local area prequalified private and/or out-of-district public programs:
Green Mountain Children’s Center (White River Jct.)
Hartland Cooperative Nursery School (Hartland)
Holly’s Hugs-n-Kisses Childcare (Springfield)
The Little School (Weston)
Rainbow Play School (Woodstock)
Springfield Learning Garden (Springfield)
Upper Valley Waldorf School (Quechee)
Woodstock Nursery School (Woodstock)

For more information about WCSU offered programs, contact Rayna Bishop at rbishop@wcsu.net.

For more information about universal prekindergarten, please visit the Vermont Agency of Education's website. To learn more about prekindergarten in Vermont visit Building Bright Futures.  To find a Pre-Qualified Prekindergarten Provider near you, visit the VT Department for Children and Families, Child Development Division.


Child Care Financial Assistance Program

Vermont offers assistance for families to access child care, including prekindergarten, beyond the Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten hours.

To be eligible for assistance, your family must:

Use the Subsidy Pre Screening Tool to see if you qualify for child care benefits. 

You can apply online through the Bright Future Information System or by submitting a paper copy of the application. To find out more about how to apply and found out more about the program, please visit the CCFAP website.