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Preschool Admissions


Before beginning the preschool admissions process, please be sure to read our preschool program overview, here!

Admissions Process


Family/Student Tour: Please join us for either an in-person or virtual tour! Some grown-ups prefer to come alone, others bring their children with them. Either is fine! You’ll know what’s best for you. Click here to see our current tour schedule.


This initial visit includes gathering in our Community Room, touring the entire building including our elementary and middle school spaces, and visiting the preschool classrooms. You’ll get to see children and teachers in action, ask questions, and share information about you and your family.


Application: To begin the application process for Story Time at The Schoolhouse, first download the preschool enrollment information. Then you’ll need to submit the following:

Preschool Application (Applying for a future year? Begin with our current application and you will get a chance to indicate your year of preference as you go.)

• Non-refundable application fee. Submit a check or pay online via your application.

• Teacher/Director contact information: for children transitioning from another program, submit their teacher’s/director’s name and contact information, and give them permission to discuss the child’s development with us.

We begin processing applications once we receive the application fee. 


Acceptance: Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis. Although acceptance is based on many factors, and there are no annual deadlines, an earlier date of application can be to your advantage. Returning families are generally notified of acceptance in February, followed by new applicants. The preschool year begins and ends in June.


Once your child is accepted, you will need to submit the following:


• Preschool enrollment contract.

• Non-refundable deposit to hold your child's space. Submit a check or pay online here.

Tuition adjustment application (optional). Preschool families must register for Act 166 and apply for Child Care Subsidy funds first, before being considered for a Schoolhouse tuition adjustment. 


Contracts and deposits are due within 10 days of acceptance. Your child’s space will not be guaranteed after 10 days.


Enrollment: Once we have received your contract and deposit, we will notify you of your child’s acceptance. Thirty days prior to your child’s start date, you must complete the registration packet. Financial aid applications may be submitted at any time, but aid cannot be calculated without Act 166 and Child Care Subsidy funding information.


Act 166


Guardians of 3 and 4 year olds may be eligible for Act 166 funds to help defray the cost of tuition. More information can be found here. You should also contact your own local school district for more information. The Schoolhouse does not provide an application for these funds and is not involved in the application process.


Child Care Subsidy

To learn about and apply for child care financial assistance through the State of Vermont, call the Child Development Division (CDD) (800) 649-2642 or (802) 241-3110. Or go to: The Schoolhouse does not provide an application for these funds and is not involved in the application process.

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