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.
Registrations are on a first come, first served basis within their respective registration windows.

WOODSTOCK ELEMENTARY PREKINGERGARTEN IS FULL.
We have a waiting list, and will add new registrations on a
first come-first served basis.

Prekindergarten is led by licensed early childhood educators and includes a variety of rich, developmentally-appropriate learning opportunities aligned with the Vermont Early Learning Standards. Students 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.

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

WHO CAN REGISTER DURING THIS TIME:

  • All currently enrolled prekindergarten students who qualify to return to prekindergarten the following year. This includes in-district or out-of-district students who are currently enrolled in one of our public programs located at BA, KES, RES, or WES. 

  • New students who currently reside in the town of Barnard can enroll in the BA Prekindergarten program. Barnard residents who want to enroll their child in a WCMUUSD program (KES, RES, WES) must wait until the general registration window.

  • New students who currently reside in the towns of Bridgewater, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, and Woodstock are eligible to enroll in Pre-K programs at KES, RES, and WES. Residents of these towns who want to enroll their child in the BA program must wait until the general registration window.

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

The Windsor Central Supervisory Union is comprised of three school districts. Please find your district/town below and follow the steps as outlined. Residents of other towns see below for information.

Barnard School District:
(Residents of the town of Barnard)
Full-day Prekindergarten at the Barnard Academy Prekindergarten Program is covered by Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten funding and the Barnard School 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 prequalified prekindergarten program, whether within our supervisory union or private, the Barnard School District will utilize Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten funding at the state established 2019/2020 rate of $3,356.00 to subsidize up to 10 hours per week for 35 weeks of prekindergarten programming for your child. Charges for attendance beyond those hours are the family’s responsibility.


Pittsfield School District:
(Residents of the town of Pittsfield)
The Pittsfield School District will utilize Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten funding at the state established 2019-2020 rate of $3,356.00 to subsidize up to 10 hours per week for 35 weeks of programming at any Vermont prequalified prekindergarten, whether within our supervisory union or private. Charges for attendance beyond those hours are the family’s responsibility.

After completing the funding application, apply with the prequalified prekindergarten of your choice during their enrollment period. The new student general enrollment period for prekindergarten programs at Barnard, Killington, Reading, and Woodstock is April 29, 2019. If your child currently attends a WCSU prekindergarten program and will return next school year, you may renew their enrollment now.

Please contact all other public or private programs directly for their enrollment process.


Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School District:
(Residents of the towns of Bridgewater, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, and Woodstock)
For residents of these towns, full-day prekindergarten at our public programs at Killington, Reading, or Woodstock Elementary Schools will be covered by Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten funding and the Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School 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 residents of these towns wish to enroll their child in any other Vermont prequalified prekindergarten program, whether within our supervisory union or private, the Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School District will utilize Act 166 Universal Prekindergarten funding at the state established 2019/2020 rate of $3,356.00 to subsidize up to 10 hours per week for 35 weeks of prekindergarten programming for your child. Charges for attendance beyond those hours are the family’s responsibility.

WOODSTOCK ELEMENTARY PREKINGERGARTEN IS FULL.
We have a waiting list, and will add new registrations on a
first come-first served basis.

 

NON-RESIDENTS

If you are not a legal resident of Barnard, Bridgewater, Killington, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, or 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 up to 10 hours per week for 35 weeks. The state established 2019-2020 rate is $3,356.00. When space is available, our prekindergarten programs accept out-of-district Vermont students, but your district funds a portion of the tuition with families paying the remainder. Non-residents MUST complete their home district’s supervisory union 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. Program registration will not be complete until the WCSU office has received confirmation from your district that they have your information. Contact your town’s supervisory union with questions or concerns. The WCSU office will also offer guidance or assist you if possible.

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.

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

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 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.