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The Washington West Supervisory Union is pleased to announce universal preschool opportunities for all WWSU families. Beginning in September 2016, WWSU will expand our publicly funded universal prekindergarten options for families as mandated by Act 166. In addition to our public prek programs located in each of our elementary schools, we will partner with private prekindergarten programs within and outside of our supervisory union boundaries for prek children who reside in WWSU.
Under Act 166, families now have the option of sending their preschool children to any “prequalified” preschool program regardless of where they reside. Publicly funded prek under Act 166 offers 10 hours per week of free programing (a voucher system) for all 3-5 years olds during the academic year (35 weeks) in a variety of locations and settings. While the voucher is for 10 hours per week, many of the WWSU prek programs operate more than 10 hours and have after care options available.
To be eligible for the $3,092 voucher, prek children must first be enrolled in their local school and private prek’s must be included on the preapproved list with the Agency of Education in order to access these funds. The following link is available to locate approved centers. Simply input the program name in the first field and leave the other fields alone (which say select all) to check to see if the program you wish your child to attend is prequalified.
In order for a preK program to become a qualified program through the Agency of Education the program must have:
What is the date by which my child has to turn 3 in order to be eligible to receive the voucher for preK?
Your child must be 3 years old before September 1, 2016 to qualify for the 2016-2017 academic year.
How do I enroll my child?
If you are a resident of Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, and Waterbury, Vermont, you must register/enroll your child at your local (resident) school prior to accessing funds. Each of our 5 elementary schools offer preschool screening to resident children each Spring. Please check your local school for advertised screening dates if you have not received a screening packet.
Where can I find out more information about Act 166?
Vermont Agency of Education Website
Are all of the WWSU School Based preK Programs Qualified?
Yes, all of the WWSU preK programs are qualified.
What funding is available and what do the funds cover?
Children enrolled in a private partner program will receive a voucher for the statewide amount (2015-2016 voucher is $3,092) and is given directly to the private center for the 10 hours a week and 35 weeks. Parents /Guardians should see an Act 166 reduction in this amount on their tuition bills (minus the $10.95 for the year for an assessment system that private preK’s are required to use for your child).
Young Children with Special Needs:
Is the local Education Agency (LEA) required to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)(early childhood special education services) outside of the supervisory union towns?
No. The LEA is only responsible for “child find” which means the identification and evaluation of resident children with disabilities within and outside the supervisory union towns. The LEA is only required to provide FAPE ( early childhood special education services) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) for resident children found eligible for special education and related services within the school district boundaries or at the discretion of the school district.