What is Act 166?
Act 166 mandates funding for 10 hours of universal Pre-K for all 3 to 5-year-olds in Vermont in a prequalified program for 35 weeks in a school year. Regardless of parental income or circumstance, all children who are age 3-5 on or before September 1st of the school year are eligible to receive high quality early learning experiences.
School districts provide roughly $3,500 (varies year to year set forth by the state) per school year for preschool tuition for children who are 3 years old before September 1st of the school year. Once families are approved (with their school districts of residence) the discount will be applied to their account from September to May. Families are responsible to pay the full price of child care beyond the school year.
Families must complete a registration packet for the district of residence and be approved by the district prior to receiving the discount. Please contact your local school district to learn more out about the process. Once a family is approved with the school district of their residence then they would reach out to the Director for further support for this process at NG.
Once approved Next Generation will invoice the School Districts with your child's attendance and then the School District will send payment to Next Generation for your child's payment (these payments are dictated by the state throughout the school year and paid out in various increments) which will be applied to your account.