Wolcott Depot Center Preschool Program

Orleans South Supervisory Union does provide Wolcott preschoolers with the opportunity to attend  free public preschool.  Our preschool program is for children that turn 4 years of age by September 1st of the current school year, and runs Tuesday-Thursday from 8:00am-12:00p.m.  The school is located on School St. in Wolcott, and is housed in the  "old train depot"  next to the Town Clerks office.  For more information regarding preschool please contact Heather Freeman or Carol Ray at 888-1770

The Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union District Supports

 Publicly Funded Pre-Kindergarten (preschool) Education

for children between the ages of 3 and 5 years who reside

 in the towns of:

Craftsbury, Greensboro, Hardwick, Stannard,

Wolcott, and Woodbury


Applications for the 2011-2012 school year are due February 14-18, 2011


What is publicly funded preschool education?

Publicly funded pre-school is defined at:

Six to ten hours per week of developmentally appropriate early development and learning experiences that are based on Vermont’s Early Learning Standards. Children who reside in the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union and are between the ages of three-five are eligible. Pre-school education is limited to the academic year (September 2011-June 2012).


Where are these publicly funded preschool programs?

The Orleans Southwest S.U.’s publicly funded preschool programs are located in community private early care and education programs that meet specific quality standards and two district classrooms, one in Hardwick Elementary School and one at Depot Center in Wolcott. The community early care and education programs that Orleans Southwest S.U. partners with are:

  • East Hill Preschool in E. Craftsbury
  • Four Seasons of Learning in Greensboro Bend
  • Magic Garden Waldorf School in Wolcott
  • Hardwick Head Start


Is this 6-10 hours/ Preschool program tuition free?

The preschool programs, Village Center at Hardwick Elementary School, Depot Center in Wolcott, and Hardwick Head Start are free. The preschool program offered through a partner early care and education program  may charge families the difference between the actual costs of providing the 6-10 hour program and what the Orleans Southwest S.U. pays. Families would continue to be charged fully for whatever care and education program the child needs beyond the 10 hours/week during the academic year.


Is my child eligible for publicly funded preschool?

If your child is 3 years old by September 1, 2011 and resides in Orleans Southwest S.U., then your child is eligible to participate.


Please Note: If we receive more applications that we have funding to support, then we will need to use a random selection process to determine which children receive publicly funded pre-school education. We will inform you whether your child has a slot by March 30, 2011


How do I apply?

Complete an application form from the program you wish to pre-register your child and submit it by the close of Februrary 18, 2011.



Announces the following



FEBRUARY 14-18, 2011


For children who will be 3 or 4 years of age before September 1, 2011, and reside in Craftsbury, Hardwick, Greensboro, Stannard, Wolcott, or Woodbury


Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunization record.

The following publicly funded preschool programs provide 10 hours a week for 35 weeks of FREE preschool programming.


OSSU Preschool Programs- Open to 4 year olds

Contact Steve Stahl at 472-5411 x227 or Heather Freeman at 888-1770


Head Start- Open to 3 and 4 year olds

Contact Denise Hill for further information at 472-5496


East Hill Preschool –Open to 3 and 4 year olds

Contact Penny Cahill for further information at 586-2875


Four Seasons of Learning –Open to 3 and 4 year olds

Contact Joanna VonCulin at 533-2261


Magic Garden Waldorf School-Open to 3 and 4 year olds

Contact Nell Rowland at 888-7011


The following is a private provider :

    Wee Tots-Open to 3 and 4 year olds

    Contact Jennifer Whitney at 472-6775 for information/availability