early education program


From 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, children have the opportunity to share in activities that reinforce academic skills, explore art and music, and expand upon imagination. Curriculum and play are integrated to develop each preschooler’s educational and social skills for a successful entry into kindergarten. With a strong teaching team that includes the Early Education Director, two Assistant Teachers, a Family Support Specialist, and a Cook (along with interns and volunteers), the class provides an outstanding teacher to student ratio. Visits from community partners like the Fletcher Free Library, Burlington City Arts, and the Flynn Center add unique enrichment activities to the classroom as well.

Since 2003, the SHCC has been a collaborative site with Champlain Valley Head Start. Head Start is a national preschool program that provides educational and social opportunities to nurture the healthy development of children. Head Start recognizes parents as the first and most important teachers of their children, and assists parents in accessing family-centered medical and dental services for their children. If you would like to learn more about Champlain Valley Head Start, you can visit their website or call the Early Care Advocate at (802) 861-3760.

To enroll your child in the Early Education Program, please call (802) 862-6342. Please note that there is an age requirement for preschool; your child must be at least 3 years old by September 1st. To qualify for the toddler program, your child must be at least 15 months. If there is no current availability, your child’s name will be placed on a waiting list.


Sara Holbrook Preschool summer program provides opportunities for students to engage in social, and emotional understanding by creating a safe and enriched environment where students are listened to and guided through learning about themselves, others, their environment, nature, other cultures, and the world while instilling a rich and engaging academic background for future success.


Please fill out the appropriate form and either print it out and deliver to SHCC or email it to:

Terri Layton, Early Education Director

Apply for financial subsidy with the Vermont Department of Children and Families Agency of Human Services.