Addison County Publicly Funded PreK
Welcome to the website for Addison County Publicly Funded PreKindergarten. The three largest school systems of Addison County - Addison Central School District, Addison Northeast Supervisory Union, and Addison Northwest School District, collaborate to serve our youngest students, aged three to five.
Our communities are:
Addison Central SD: Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham, Weybridge
Mount Abraham USD: Bristol, Lincoln*, Monkton, New Haven, Starksboro
Addison Northwest SD: Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Waltham, Vergennes
Some communities within Addison County are served by adjacent supervisory unions. The communities of Goshen, Leicester and Whiting are served by Rutland Northeast SU. The town of Orwell is served by the Slate Valley Unified School District. The town of Hancock is served by White River Valley SU. As of July 1, 2023, Lincoln will be part of the Lincoln School District. For more information on their PreK programming, please visit their websites or contact your local elementary school.
Our early education programs include school-based PreK programming and partnerships with community programs to provide public education funding for all 3-5 year-old children. School district staff also provide special education services to preschoolers with disabilities.
We believe early education is vital for ensuring the future success of our students. Research on child brain development shows that investments in the early years are key for building future success. Communities that make investments in early childhood see the payoff in later years academically and socially.
All of our programs are founded in the understanding that play is how young children learn. Play with people, objects, and classroom and community experiences can be intentionally designed by a teacher to achieve learning goals. Experiences through play foster language and literacy skills, social skills with adults and peers, problem-solving, curiosity, persistence, early numeracy skills, and creativity. All programs use the Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS) as a framework for their curriculum and regularly assess children's progress toward early learning goals. Parents are active participants in their child's learning, and are invited to participate in conferences at least twice yearly.
If you have questions about publicly funded PreK, please contact:
Addison County Universal PreK Coordinator