WCUD PreKindergarten Campuses
Windsor Central Unified District is excited to announce the launch of our public PreK programs starting in the Fall of 2018!
These programs are open to all students who are at least 3 years old by Sept. 1, 2018 and who are not yet eligible for Kindergarten.
For the 2018-2019 school year, public PreK programs will be offered in Woodstock, Killington, Reading.
The Prosper Valley School is exploring opening a public program at ArtisTree in South Pomfret.
WCUD PreK Registration Options:
Morning PreK will be 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. Students attending the Morning PreK session can bring or purchase a morning snack and/or lunch at school. PreK students can also participate in free/reduced lunch if eligible. For WCUD residents, the Morning PreK hours are covered by Universal PreK funding at no cost to families. If you are not a WCUD resident, please contact your local district for information on how to access Universal PreK funding for 10 hours. The other 10 hours will be covered by WCUD. For more information on Universal PreK, click here.
Our Extended Day program, also led by our Morning PreK teaching staff, will include additional time for enrichment and play, as well as a rest period and afternoon snack time. Students may then transition to the After School program where care continues through 5:00pm.
Our plan to offer a program five days per week for the school year 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.
Please choose a PreK campus below to learn more about specific hours and program details.
Ready to register at a WCUD PreK Campus?
The WCUD Priority Registration Window is open through April 27th.
Students who currently reside in the towns of Bridgewater, Killington, Pomfret, Plymouth, Reading, and Woodstock are eligible to register during this priority window. PreK families who were previously enrolled in private or public programs located at WES, KES, or RES may also register during this priority window. Any other applications submitted during this time will be held until the General Registration window opens.
The General Registration Window will open April 28th.
Beginning on April 28th, applications received by any student will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Placements will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis until classes are filled.
For more information about a specific WCUD PreK Program, contact the school principal.
Killington PreK Program: Mary Guggenberger - email@example.com
Reading PreK Program: Cathy Knight - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Prosper Valley School PreK @ Artistree: John Hansen - email@example.com
Woodstock PreK Program: Maggie Mills - firstname.lastname@example.org
Universal PreK - Act 166
All children ages 3-5 years, who are not eligible for Kindergarten enrollment, are eligible to receive 10 hours per week for 35 weeks of prekindergarten as part of Act 166- Vermont’s Universal Prekindergarten Law. This opportunity is paid for by the school district in your town of residence. You can use these 10 hours at any public or private prequalified prekindergarten program within or outside of your district.
For WCUD residents attending a WCUD program, we will cover the full 20 hours of Morning PreK (10 hours of Universal PreK + 10 additional hours).
For non-WCUD residents attending a WCUD program, your local district will cover 10 hours of Universal PreK and WCUD will cover the additional 10 hours of Morning PreK.
For WCUD residents attending a private or out-of-district private program, WCUD will pay for 10 hours ($3,267 for 2018-2019 school year) of Universal PreK. WCUD residents can access this funding by completing a WCUD registration packet in addition to registering with the program of choice. The program must be prequalified through the Agency of Education, and WCUD will pay the program directly. In order to access this funding, please submit the registration form below to your local school district.
Complete this registration form ONLY if you are a WCUD resident and would like to access 10 hours of PreK funding for a private or out-of-district program. This form does NOT register you with that PreK Program.
Please contact your chosen program directly in order to register your child in the program itself.
Local area qualified private and out-of-district public programs:
Rainbow Play School (Woodstock)
Upper Valley Waldorf School (Quechee)
Barnard Academy PreK (Barnard)
Preschool @ Killington (Killington)
For more information, contact Rayna Bishop at email@example.com.
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 PreK, beyond the Act 166 Universal PreK 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.