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.