Act 166 will be mandated as of 2016. However many districts have adopted it for 2015.
To view the district links to see which act your district follows act 166 or act 62 for Fall 2015 click on registration info
The Rules can be found on the VT Agency of Education website
166 Policy Brief:
What is publicly funded prekindergarten education?
Publicly funded prekindergarten education is defined as:
Ten hours per week for 35 weeks of developmentally appropriate learning experiences that are based on Vermont’s Early Learning Standards. Children who are between the ages of three and five are eligible. Prekindergarten education is limited to the academic year (September 2015 – June 2016).
Is the Pre-kindergarten Program tuition free for the 10 hours per week?
Kid Logic Learning is offering a longer class for our AM/PM Preschool and Pre-K, therefore there is a charge after the discount has been applied.
The Pre-kindergarten Program offered in a public school is tuition free. The Pre-kindergarten Program offered through a partner program (daycare and education program) may charge families the difference between the actual costs of providing the 10 hour Pre-kindergarten Program and what the School Districts pays. This difference will determine the co-pay. Your child’s preschool/daycare must deduct these public funds from your annual tuition bill. Families would continue to be charged fully for the care and education program the child attends beyond the 10 hours per week during the academic year.
Kid Logic Learning’s registration and tuition forms show the tuition amount prior to the deduction. For example, full time Pre-K and Preschool tuition is $311.00 weekly but after the $3000.00 credit is applied the co-pay is $225.00 weekly.
Is my child eligible for publicly funded prekindergarten?
If your child is 3 years old by September 1, 2015 you will need to apply for funding in your district, so that your child will be eligible to participate.
How much will my School District pay?
A statewide rate of $3,000 per child was established by the Agency of Education. This covers 10 hours per week of high quality prekindergarten education for 35 weeks.
How do I apply: See attached links are posted with information for your district on how to apply.
For example, South Burlington district credit will be $85.71 weekly, making parent co-pay $225.29 weekly. Please note, district credit may vary in the 2015-2016 academic year due to some districts who are not participating in the early adoption of Act 166. As of 2016-2017 academic year, all districts will adopt Act 166 and offer the same credit to qualified families.
Kindergarten Transition Tips for Parents
Skills and Behaviors to practice this year with your 4-year-old:
- Using the bathroom independently
- Helping your child to begin to have awareness of his or her “personal space,” and respecting the personal space of others.
- Listening to directions from parents or other familiar adults
- Encouraging your child to use a normal tone “inside” voice when inside
- Using play materials safely: You can help your child by modeling safe play and praising your child for using play materials in a safe way
- Listening for and responding to their own name in group situations (at home, in the community)
- Participating in group activities (story time at library, birthday parties, etc.)
- Spending time with/learning from more than one adult
- Waiting for his/her turn: Playing board games is a great way to practice this skill
- Learning and using names of peers and adults
- Respectfully stating needs and wants to adults and peers (using please, thank you, not yelling etc.)
- Encouraging your child to feed themselves
- Putting on and taking off winter clothes
- Solving conflict non-aggressively (using words to solve conflict without pushing, hitting, etc.)
- Playing in small group safely: Again, you can practice this by modeling safe play and encouraging your child to do so too
- Helping your child to initiate play or conversation with friends: You can help by encouraging your child to speak directly to other children
- Following simple 2-step directions (please go to the sink AND wash your hands)
- Sitting and listening to 1-2 picture books
- Practicing writing first name (with crayon, pencil, paint, chalk, etc.)
- Holding scissors and practicing cutting
- Holding writing implement with an adult grip
- Having awareness of (exposed to, is familiar with) letters of the alphabet and numbers 1-10
- Having experience with how books work (left to right directionality, words carry a message, words vs. pictures, page turning)
The following is a list of tips that will help you practice these skills and behaviors:
- Read a book to your child every day.
- Explore your community-visit parks, playgrounds, playgroups and libraries.
- Limit TV and screen time and encourage active play outdoors.
- Encourage play with other children.
- Ask open-ended questions that encourage your child’s curiosity.
- Count different household objects up to 10.
- Encourage independent skills, such as getting dressed, using the bathroom, etc.
- Be consistent about rules and expectations for your child’s behavior.
- Play simple games, like Simon Says, to practice following directions.
- Play board games with your child such as Chutes and Ladders, Hi Ho Cherry-O and Guess Who?
- Encourage your child to draw, scribble and color with different materials.
- Point out signs and print in the environment and identify letters in words.