Licensed and Desired Universal Prekindergarten Education Capacity

Vermont's Act 166 of 2014 offers Universal Prekindergarten Education (UPK) to all 3- and 4-year-olds, and to 5-year-olds not enrolled in Kindergarten, for up to 10 hours a week of publicly-funded Universal Prekindergarten Education (UPK) for 35 weeks of the academic year. Vermont’s mixed-delivery system means that these hours can be used in school-based programs or in prequalified prekindergarten center-based child care and family child care programs. Below is the licensed and desired capacity for all UPK programs in Vermont as of 12/31/2022.

Licensed Capacity is determined by Child Care Licensing through the Child Development Division and is influenced by factors such as building square footage, water and fire permit restrictions, and age categories.

Desired Capacity is self-reported and influenced by everything that affects Licensed Capacity, as well as staffing levels and administrative/logistical concerns. 

Data Source: Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF), Child Development Division. Retrieved from The Vermont Data Portal