Village School Pre-K Program

A robust program focused on ensuring preschoolers a ready transition to kindergarten.

Now accepting enrollment applications for the 2024-2025 school year. For more information or to request an enrollment application, please contact Pre-K Program Director Lori Elwell at or 802-442-5955. 

At the Village School of North Bennington, we’re extremely proud of our preschool program, which currently serves up to 30 children, ages three to five. The program is recognized by the state of Vermont as a “prequalified prekindergarten education program,” and children who live in the state of Vermont and attend the Village School Pre-K may be eligible for the Vermont Universal Pre-K Subsidy, which covers 10 hours a week of Pre-K at no charge, regardless of income. Children living in nearby Massachusetts and New York towns also attend the Village School Pre-K Program. Parents who qualify may obtain additional financial assistance from the Vermont Department of Children and Family Child Development Division.

The Village School’s pre-K program is distinguished with a 4-star rating with STARS, Vermont’s quality recognition system for preschool. This signifies that our program is stepping ahead and going above and beyond state regulations.

Our pre-K program is committed to providing children and their families with a safe, nurturing, child-centered learning environment that incorporates play and age-appropriate classroom lessons, along with instruction in art, music, a garden and nature program, and physical education provided by certified teachers at the Village School.

Pre-K kids on mural stairsThrough the program, parents can select from a variety of options, including an all-day experience, a half-day experience (mornings or afternoons) or even a modified, two-hour daily experience. Each of these program options is available three, four or five days a week (with the exception of the two-hour program, which requires a five-day-per-week commitment).

Our preschool director is a state-certified master teacher and the preschool staff is trained in early childhood education. We use the “Creative Curriculum” as a springboard for learning and focus on providing preschoolers with school-readiness skills in order to ensure a successful transition to kindergarten.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Village School admits students of any race, color, gender, gender identity, nationality, religion, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Village School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, religion, nor national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.