PreK Announcements

2016-17 DIAL Screening Dates

posted Jul 14, 2016, 12:15 PM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 7:00 AM ]


The DIAL-4 (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning) is a standardized instrument that is used to screen large groups of children quickly and efficiently. Data from the DIAL-4 are used to describe the strengths and needs of young children in five areas of development: motor, concepts, language, self-help, and social-emotional.

The DIAL screening looks at five areas:
  1. Motor
  2. Concepts
  3. Language
  4. Self-Help
  5. Social-Emotional

Listed below are the DIAL Screening dates for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • September 23
  • October 28
  • December 2
  • January 27
  • March 24
  • April 28
  • May 26

Please call (802) 447-8419 for an appointment.

STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS)

posted Feb 19, 2016, 8:50 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 7:13 AM ]

5 STARS CertificateSTARS is Vermont’s quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs. Programs that participate in STARS are stepping ahead — going above and beyond state regulations to provide professional services that meet the needs of children and families.

We are pleased to announce that on November 15, 2015 the SVSU Early Education Program earned a 5 STARS rating when we received a Certificate of Achievement for "demonstrated accomplishments in providing quality child care above and beyond compliance with the State of Vermont's basic regulatory standards for licensed programs".

What the STARS Mean

The more stars a program has, the more it is involved in a wide range of practices that support children, families, and professionals.
  • One-star programs are examining their practices to enhance the services they provide. They may be fairly new, just starting on a path of improvement and growth, or be stronger in one area.
  • Two-star programs are making a commitment to strengthen their practices. They may have made some progress in many areas or more progress in one or two areas.
  • Three-star programs have made improvements and are working to reach specific goals. They have either made substantial progress in two or three areas or have made some improvements across all five areas.
  • Four-star programs are established programs that have met several standards of quality in all five areas. Many four-star programs are also nationally accredited.
  • Five-star programs are outstanding in all five areas. Many five-star programs are also nationally accredited.

Pre K Math Night

posted Feb 19, 2016, 8:47 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 7:18 AM ]

Family Math Night with Bennington Free Library staff
Many thanks to Chris Poggi and Linda Donigan from the Bennington Free Library Children's Department for their work with preK parents on October 15th, 2015. Families learned about math books and activities to help their children develop a strong foundation in mathematical reasoning.

Act 166 Presentation

posted Feb 19, 2016, 8:19 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 7:26 AM ]

ACT 166 presentation The SVSU Early Education Program partners with highly qualified community early care and education partners to offer publicly funded prekindergarten for children living in Bennington, North Bennington, Shaftsbury, Pownal, and Woodford. Our Community Partners engage in ongoing professional development, such as this presentation on October 21st by Hope Campbell and Vermont Birth-5 Consultant Sherry Carlson. This event was sponsored by BCCA, the SVSU, and the Southshire Starting Points Network. Please contact the early education program office to learn about Pre K partner programs in our region, and for referrals to our partner programs at 447-8419.

Q&A on Universal Pre-Kindergarten in 2016: Implementing Act 166

posted Feb 19, 2016, 8:08 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 8:02 AM ]


What is Act 166 and how will it impact me?

Act 166, signed into law in 2014, provides for universal access to publicly funded prekindergarten education. This law will go into full effect in September of 2016. Act 166 provides 10 hours of publicly funded prekindergarten to three and four year old children beginning in the fall of 2016. Act 166 provides young children in Vermont with opportunities to reach their full growth and developmental potential through voluntary universal access to high quality prekindergarten education.

Is my child eligible for 10 hours of publicly funded PreK in the fall of 2016?

In the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, children must be at least three years old on or before August 31st of 2016 to enroll in Prekindergarten for the 2016-17 school year. Children, who are 3, 4, or 5 years old by August 31st, and not enrolled in Kindergarten, are eligible for publicly funded pre K.

When should I enroll my child in prekindergarten to begin in the fall of 2016?

Enrollment occurs on a rolling basis, so please begin the enrollment process now to ensure the greatest opportunity for your child. Students are enrolled on a first come, first served basis once a completed enrollment packet is received. 

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