Early Education Toddler & Preschool Program

What is King Street Center’s Early Education Program?

King Street’s Early Education program includes a Toddler Classroom for children 18 months – 3 years old and a Preschool classroom for children 3 – 5 years old.

Our daily routine at King Street provides children with a rich environment of creative curriculum where children learn through play. Our skilled and knowledgeable team of teachers maintain a developmentally-appropriate curriculum with individualized goals and expectations for each child. We strive to build the foundation for life-long learning: a sense of curiosity and compassion, the academic and social skills needed for success in Kindergarten and beyond, and – most importantly – support children in developing a positive self-image. We want children to be aware of their strengths and what they can count on about themselves and other.

Meals, snacks, and diapers are provided.

Who can come to Early Education?

As an Early Head Start and Head Start Partner Center, we accept children who are Burlington residents, are Head Start eligible, and qualify for child care subsidy.  Together with Head Start, a federal program, Early Education at King Street provides children with educational opportunities as well as comprehensive family-centered services for parents and children – including resources and referrals in the areas of health, nutrition and other social services.

When are the programs open?

King Street Center is proud to offer full-day care in our Toddler and Preschool classrooms during the school year as well as for 8 weeks, late June until mid-August.

While we aim to adhere to coronavirus pandemic health protocols, King Street Center Early Education Programs will run 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Orientation days, August 25 & 26 are half-day family visits. August 27 & 30 are full-day visits for each group. August 31 is first full day of school for entire classroom.

Where are children during the school day?

You can find us in our beautiful light-filled classrooms, in our spacious gym, downstairs in our multi-purpose gross motor room, and even on our unique rooftop recreation area. When not at King Street Center, children in Early Education are out on community walks, playing at nearby playgrounds, or taking advantage of opportunities with our community partners. (** Field trips to destinations such as Shelburne Farms, Flynn Center, or Echo will be put on pause during coronavirus pandemic.**)

Why choose King Street for my preschooler or toddler?

At King Street, we believe in the positive effect of prevention programs. Studies show that healthy intervention in a young child’s life will have tremendous rewards in later years. Together with parents, we nurture children to be aware of their strengths, and believe in themselves and others.

How can I apply?

To apply to King Street Center’s Toddler or Preschool Program through Champlain Valley Head Start, please visit How to Enroll In Champlain Valley Head Start.

For specific questions about King Street Center’s program and philosophy, please contact Stacy Weinberger, Early Education Director at (802) 862-6736 x109 or stacy@kingstreetcenter.org.

Our Teachers

Toddler Teachers

GRACEAssistant Toddler Teacher
Grace just moved here to Vermont from Philadelphia. She loves hiking, making flower bouquets, and recently started taking pottery classes. She is the newest addition to our team and is very excited for the opportunity to join the King Street community!
EMILYEarly Head Start Teacher
Emily is a UVM grad in Early Childhood Education and serves as a Head Start Early Care Advocate. She spends time caring for children in the classroom as well as building relationships with their parents. Emily is a picky eater who loves the sun and her cat-time!
ALYSSACo-Lead Toddler Teacher
Alyssa has worked with children for over 25 years, has a masters in Early Childhood Education from University of Hartford, and has been part of the King Street family for years. She is a lover of lover of plants, animals, the ocean, live music, road trips, collecting vinyl records, baking, and making art.

Preschool Teachers

FARTUNPreschool Teacher
Fartun Abdi joins our Preschool Teaching Team with a strong background in Early Education as a former Burlington School District Staff educator and coursework at Community College of Vermont. She also serves as an interpreter with AALV.

We cherish the fact that Fartun’s children are part of our Toddler & Afterschool Programs!

EMILYPreschool Teacher
Emily holds a BA in Early Childhood Education from UVM and has been a teacher in several local childcare centers while also caring for her own kids! Her favorite color is blue and her favorite food is avocado. Her favorite place to play in Preschool is the art area, but she also really likes to build with blocks in the block area!