Early Education

The Milton Early Education Program believes that high-quality early childhood experiences positively impact a child’s future academic and social success. We provide an individualized, whole-child curriculum based on each child’s unique abilities. Our research-based curriculum is aligned with Vermont Early Learning Standards and supports development in nine developmental areas: social-emotional, language, cognitive, physical, literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, and the arts. Learning experiences are designed to meet the needs of all children within the context of a positive, nurturing, and inclusive environment. We value families as children’s first teachers and as our collaborative partners in supporting each child’s growth.

The Milton Early Education Program currently operates eight half-day sessions; four in the morning from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and four in the afternoon from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm; as well as one full-day session, which is in collaboration with Champlain Valley Head Start. Classrooms are taught by Early Childhood Educators or Early Childhood Special Educators in collaboration with Speech-Language Pathologists, and Occupational and Physical Therapists. Children in our program attend Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. We are licensed to serve up to 135 children.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Milton Early Education Program has a limited number of spots available each year. Those spots are offered based on a lottery system that is held in April. Families may complete an application online through the District website during the two weeks that the lottery is open. 
MES hosts a program called "Head Start". This is the link to the CVHS online application, as well as pdf application downloads : https://champlainvalleyheadstart.org/apply-now/ Parents are welcome to either fill out the online application or download it and email / mail it to us. If they have any questions they can contact us at (802)-752-9397 or email [email protected]
If your family receives notification from the Early Childhood Coordinator that your child is being offered a spot in the program, you must complete registration as soon as possible.
If your child was not offered a spot through the lottery or this option does not work for your family, you could choose to access Act 166 funding (Vermont's "Universal PK" option). This is available to PK age-eligible students who register with the school district and enroll at a highly-qualified partner site anywhere in VT. Highly qualified partners may be found here by selecting "prequalified" from the accreditation drop-down. Once enrolled and registered, the partner site will invoice the district for 10 hours/wk for up to 35 weeks on the child's behalf. The district pays the partner site directly and your family would see a reduction on its childcare bill. The 35 weeks of payment align with the school calendar.