All children will have access to high quality early learning programs.
Parents may enroll 3, 4 & 5 year old children with their local schools to access tuition for 10 hours per week for 35 weeks of the school year. Children must be age 3 by the first day of school. 5 year olds may not be attending Kindergarten.
Children must attend prequalified programs. Programs may be school-run or private.
Programs that meet Vermont’s designation as a prequalified early learning program:
A list of prequalified early learning programs can be found at brightfutures.dcf.state.vt.us
Licensed Early Childhood Special Education Teachers help preschool age children develop important skills through support to families and access to local preschool settings. Supporting preschool children's age-appropriate development:
★ Free developmental screenings in a comfortable play-based setting using Ages and Stages Questionnaires
★ Identifying typical development
★ Identifying developmental challenges
★ Providing child-centered early childhood special education series that allow child to
Free Developmental Screenings
Our early childhood special education staff offers screenings for 3-5 year olds living in Bradford, Corinth, Newbury, Thetford and Topsham in April and again in August. Notices and flyers announcing time and location are posted throughout all of the OESU communities prior to each screening. If you have concerns about your child's development between screenings, please contact our program.
★ Dress and undress themselves★ Follow instructions with 2 or 3 steps
★ Can work toys with buttons, levers, & moving parts★ Run easily★ Speak in sentences and can be understood by most people most of the time
Most 4 year olds ~
★ Would rather play with other children than play alone★ Start to copy some capital letters ★ Hop and stand on one foot up to 2 seconds ★ Tell stories ★ Understand the idea of counting
More information about your child’s development may be found at cdc.gov/actearly
Quality Early Learning, Child Development & Brain Architecture
Early Learning Programs
Factors in early learning programs that support healthy child growth and development are (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University):
Vermont is committed to realizing the potential of every child. The Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan is a document that outlines the strategies of key departments and agencies including education, child development, health and mental health to invest in high quality opportunities for all children.
The following personnel provide leadership and planning for OESU's Early Childhood and Essential Early Education Programs: