Universal Pre-K/Act 166 Funding

  • Act 166 funding covers 10 hours/week of tuition reimbursement for qualified, community-based, private prekindergarten programs. Please visit our Act 166 FAQs page for additional information.

Act 166 Eligibility

  • There are three criteria for receiving Act 166 funds through the Essex Westford School District:
    1. You are a resident of Essex Junction, Essex, or Westford
    2. Your child is at least 3 years old on September 1st
    3. Your child is enrolled in an Act 166-qualified prekindergarten program

    You must register your child with your school district of residence in order to receive Act 166 funds.

    If your child currently receives Act 166 funds through EWSD, you do not need to re-apply for funding for next school year. The district will carry over your registration.

Act 166 Registration

  • The EWSD now offers online registration for Act 166. Online registration is a multi-step process, and so please read through all of the instructions below:

    • Complete the Act 166 Pre-Registration form:
      • Click on the Act 166 Pre-Registration button below
      • Under "I am interested in applying for...", select Universal Pre-K/Act 166 Funding 
    • Once you submit the online pre-registration form, you will receive two email messages from the system. The first will confirm that you submitted the pre-registration form. The second will contain an Access ID and Access Password unique to your new student. Follow the steps outlined in the second email!
    • For assistance completing the online registration, to request translation services, or to request paper versions of the registration forms, please contact Johanna at jsimmons@ewsd.org

    Act 166 Pre-Registration  

    • 2022-2023 School Year
      • Act 166 registration is open and ongoing for the 2022-2023 school year
      • Students with birth dates on/before September 1, 2019 are eligible to register
      • Fund distribution for the 2022-2023 school year will be pro-rated based on a September 6, 2022 start date

    • 2023-2024 School Year
      • Act 166 registration for the 2023-2024 school year will open in the coming weeks - please check back soon!
      • Students with birth dates on/before September 1, 2020 will be eligible to register
      • If you receive Act 166 funding through EWSD during the current school year, you do not need to re-register for 2023-2024

Proof of Residency

  • All documentation submitted as proof of residency must include the property address and the name of the parent/legal guardian/custodian.

    Category A - attach ONE of the following:

    • Current mortgage statement or closing paperwork
    • Copy of signed Lease Agreement
    • Landlord Certification Form
    • Most recent property tax bill from Town of Essex/City of Essex Junction/Town of Westford

    Category B - and attach TWO of the following:

    • Valid Vermont driver's license/ID card
    • Recent bank statement
    • Valid voter registration card
    • Current utility bill
    • Valid automobile insurance card
    • Other documents which, at the discretion of the District, serve as adequate proof of residency

District Contact

  • Johanna Simmons
    District Office - East
    58 Founders Road
    Essex Junction, VT 05452