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Early childhood education program expands course offerings

December 21, 2015
Nancy Olson
Bennington Banner

At the Windham Regional Career Center

Early childhood education in Vermont received a boost when in 2014 the state legislature passed, and Gov. Peter Shumlin signed, Act 166, which “requires all Vermont school districts to provide universal publicly funded pre-kindergarten education for a minimum of 10 hours per week for 35 weeks annually for all 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children who are not enrolled in kindergarten,” according to the Vermont Agency of Education website.

Although school districts may opt to postpone full implementation until July 1, 2016, the need for licensed early education teachers already exceeds supply.

The Early Childhood Education program at the Windham Regional Career Center is expanding its course offerings, providing students with access to a career ladder in ECE.