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Pre Kindergarten

Welcome to the Barre City Early Education Program!

Our program is a not-for-profit, state licensed pre kindergarten program located at the Barre City Elementary and Middle School. You can learn more about our program by reading our Pre kindergarten Handbook.

We have three classrooms located on the first floor of our school building, nearby the kindergarten classrooms. Pre kindergarten students enjoy access to the school gymnasium and an outdoor space with age-appropriate playground equipment where our young children can play, explore, and discover. The Barre City Early Education Program has earned five stars in Vermont’s Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS), which means that we are rated as “outstanding in all five (practice) areas.”

For more information about our program, or answers to the most commonly asked questions, simply click on the resources to the right.  For information on registering/enrolling for Fall 2019, please click on this link:

2019 PreK Enrollment Information

If you don't find what you are looking for, please contact the school directly, or Lauren May at


How Do I...

Enroll My Child

Publicly funded pre kindergarten services are offered in schools and in pre-qualified community-based programs (homes and centers). To enroll in the BCEMS pre kindergarten program, you must live within the BCEMS school district. To have your child’s name added to the school pre kindergarten program waiting list, please contact  school Registrar Katelyn Smith directly at 476-6541 ext. 4318.

You can find a list of private providers by clicking on the following link: Pre-qualified Providers


Find a Provider

You can find a list of private providers by clicking on the following link: Pre-qualified Providers

Know if my child qualifies

Children whose parents or legal guardians are residents of Barre City are eligible to enter Pre kindergarten at the beginning of the school year provided they have reached the age of three (3) on or before August 31st of that year. There is often a wait list and we will work to invite your child to attend as quickly as we are able.

Get a registration packet

You can download a registration form by clicking on the following link. Simply fill out the form and submit it to the school registrar, Katelyn Smith:

Registration Packet


Become an approved BSU Pre-Kindergarten provider

If you are interested in becoming an approved BSU pre kindergarten provider, please download, read, and return the following document. Pre Kindergarten Provider Agreement

You should also download and understand all State of VT licensing regulations. You will find this document here: Child Care Licensing Regulations

Get my child to school

BCEMS provides transportation to students who live within the city limits. You will find transportation information in the Registration Packet

Registration Packet


Pre Kindergarten / Early Education Calendar

View the Pre Kindergarten Calendar by clicking on this link:

2019-20 Pre Kindergarten Calendar



Early Education Handbook

View the Early Education Handbook by clicking on this link:

Early Education Handbook