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Vermont Becomes the First State to Offer Universal Pre-K

July 06, 2016

Gov. Peter Shumlin celebrated the value of pre-kindergarten education at Union Elementary School as the law guaranteeing the program to all Vermont children goes into effect on July 1, 2016. The law was signed by Shumlin in 2014 and makes Vermont the first state to guarantee quality universal pre-K access to all Vermont three- and four-year-olds for the two years before they enter kindergarten, Shumlin said. "I don't think there's a more important bill that ensures kids have a strong start," he said. The program starts this fall and is available to all families, regardless of income. Rebecca Holcombe, secretary of the Vermont agency of education, said that in 2013 and 2014 a study showed that children who went to pre-K were more prepared to learn in Kindergarten. Read More

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