2015-2016 Guide to Childcare, Preschools, and Schools In and Around Burlington


School guide

Are you on the hunt for a good childcare facility and/or school? Our hope is that this guide will make things easier for you as we have aimed to compile a comprehensive guide that will provide you with the information you will need as you search for the best fit for you and your family!

Did we miss your favorite childcare center or school? Email us at [email protected] to be added!


These schools and daycares provide care for infants, one and two year olds. Some also have programs for preschool and school aged children.

Featured Sponsor

Kid Logic Learning

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72 Ethan Allen Drive Suite #2, South Burlington, VT 05403

(802) 660-3600


Kid Logic Learning’s mission is to provide a positive, encouraging environment where children feel free to express themselves openly, and explore their world to its fullest. They seek to maintain high quality standards for teachers, children and their families and they offer a great balance of structure, enrichment, and a curriculum for the whole child with nurturing, qualified, and licensed teachers. They have programs for infants through Pre-K and participates in the STARS program.

Kid Logic Learning has their open house coming up on Sunday, May 3rd!
Kid Logic Learning is a Vermont Pre-Qualified, Pre-Kindergarten Education Program that is offers full day and new half day programs for infant through Pre-K!
Come on May 3rd and tour the school, meet teachers, let children enjoy studio fun, create in the art room, and explore the classrooms.
Sunday May 3rd 10:00 – 11:30 for infants & toddlers then 1:00 – 2:30 for Preschool & Pre K

Reach for the Stars

Reach For The Stars Logo

5 Ewing Pl, Essex Junction,VT 05452

(802) 879-4427

reachforthestarsvt.com[email protected]

Our Center offers full-day and part-time care, with hours from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Care is provided for infants as young as six weeks through preschoolers of about five years of age. We also offer before and after school care for children up to age 12.  A bus runs to & from Essex Town Schools for some of those students.  In addition, a summer camp program is offered for children up to age 12. Siblings (up to age 12) of currently enrolled students may also take advantage of school holiday and vacation care.

We have currently achieved three stars in Vermont’s STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) for childcare, early education, and school-age programs.  This program was initiated by the Child Development Division to recognize programs that go above and beyond the regulatory standards.

We believe a close relationship between parents and staff is necessary for us to provide the best possible care for your child.  It is important that we have frequent discussions regarding your child’s adjustment and progress.  Our objective is to create a comfortable, enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere, while giving responsible supervision to your child with healthy, wholesome growth and educational experiences.

The Edge Kids and Fitness

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3 locations:

4 Morse Drive, Essex Junction VT

115 Wellness Drive, Williston VT

75 Eastwood Drive, South Burlington VT


Our mission is to provide a warm, nurturing environment that allows us to develop a trusting respectful relationship with our families, foster the social, emotional physical and intellectual growth of each child and promote wellness. We provide children with additional instruction from certified swim, tennis, and Parisi instructors as well as incorporate music, Spanish, Zumba and much more. Kids & Fitness offers full-time and part-time programs for children 6 weeks – 12 years in three convenient locations; South Burlington, Essex and Williston. They are now enrolling infants through school age, so call today!

Ascension Childcare– Located in Shelburne with programs for infants through preschool.

My First Friends Home Preschool and Childcare– Home-based childcare located in Shelburne for children infant through 10 years old.

Creative Hands Learning Center– Located in Milton with care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Puddle Jumpers Childcare– Home-based daycare located in Shelburne for children infant through 5th grade.

Nadeau’s Playschool– Located in Williston that provides full time care for infants through preschool.

Sunshine Daydream Childcare– Burlington family child care program serving children birth to school age.

Pine Forest Children’s Center– Burlington based childcare center located in the South End providing care for children six weeks to six years.

Robin’s Nest Children’s Center– Located in the Old North End of Burlington for children 6 weeks through 9 years.

Cathleen’s Playhouse– Home based Childcare located in Essex Town serving ages 6 weeks to 5th Grade.

Bay Kids– Daycare located in Colchester.

Heartworks School– Multiple locations; Burlington, Shelburne and Williston. Programs serving children infant through 5 years old.

Charlotte Children’s Center– Located in Charlotte with programs for children 3 months to 7 years old.

Giggle Family Childcare and Preschool– South Burlington home-based program for children infant through 6 years old.

Leaps and Bounds– Multiple locations; South Burlington, Milton, Essex and Williston. Ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

Early Learning Center at St. Michael’s College– Located in Colchester serving children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old.

Muddy Hands– Serves children aged 6 weeks to 12 years, located in Colchester and Essex.

Preschools and Schools

Featured Sponsors

The Children’s School

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173 Patchen Road, South Burlington, Vermont 05403

(802) 862-2772

 http://tcsvt.org/index.html,  https://www.facebook.com/tcsvt?ref=br_tf

The Children‘s School strives to create a preschool based on play, nurturing care and respect for all people. In this atmosphere children are supported in their endeavors to pose questions, seek solutions, develop friendships and explore their creative and intellectual abilities. The classroom provides a myriad of opportunities for children to expand on their current knowledge through painting, drawing, playing, writing, moving to music, working with sand, building with blocks, reading and listening to stories, recreating life experience through dramatic play and experiencing math and science. Materials are chosen which promote open-ended exploration and continue to challenge children over time. Our classroom is designed to encourage participation through self-directed small group activities at learning centers, complemented by teacher-directed large group activities such as meeting time, music and circle games.

The emergent curriculum at TCS grows out of the belief that children are capable of making appropriate choices and decisions based on their own interests. Teachers respond to students’ interests and plan activities that facilitate learning through self-directed exploration. The freedom to make competent choices each day empowers children to believe in their abilities to learn and thrive in the classroom. We believe that nurturing a child’s curiosity is of primary importance in the early years and provides the foundation for a life-long enthusiasm for learning.

Little Lambs Preschool

Little Lambs

300 Trinity Drive in Williston, VT, 05495

(802) 879-9008


Little Lambs Preschool offers quality, christian childcare for the children of Vermont with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff who cares for each child with unconditional love. Our curriculum utilizes a child’s natural love for movement, music, literature, and hands on activities as the foundation for teaching. Our beautiful classrooms and playground offer a safe and welcoming environment in which our children thrive. Call today for more information and schedule a tour; we would love to show you our preschool and welcome more children into our community.

Discovery Preschool


899 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403

(802) 860-4370

www.discoverypreschoolvt.com, www.facebook.com/discoverypreschoolvt

Discovery Preschool is a NAEYC accredited, non-profit, non-denominational, parent cooperative preschool that provides a nurturing, play-based program for 3 to 5 year olds, and has earned 5 STARS in the Vermont STep Ahead Recognition System. Discovery Preschool provides high-quality early education, inclusive of all young children and their families, by fostering a sense of community and encouraging children to discover new things about themselves, their friends, and the world around them. Discovery Preschool treats each child as an individual who actively learns at their own pace and in their own style. The environment, activities, and social interactions are designed to stimulate individuality, positive self-esteem, communication skills, and a life-long desire to learn. Through integrated experiences in all areas of the curriculum, the preschool fosters the growth of the whole child – emotionally, socially, cognitively, physically, and creatively – every experience is an opportunity to learn.

Upcoming Open House, Saturday, January 24, 2015, 10am-12pm.  And now enrolling for the 2015/16 school year – call for more information or to schedule a tour.

Lake Champlain Waldorf School


359 Turtle Lane, Shelburne, VT 05482, (802)985-2827


At the Lake Champlain Waldorf School, we recognize our students’ potentials, stir their passions, and nurture their sense of connection to themselves, each other and the world.  Our gifted faculty weave together academics, art, music, and outdoor education and inspire students to fully develop their capacities. Now enrolling students in our Infant Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade School and High School.

Upcoming Open Houses:

High School Panel & Open House: January 7, 7-9 p.m., 122 Boswick Road, Shelburne (high school campus)

Winter Open House: January 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 359 Turtle Lane, Shelburne (Early Childhood and Grade School campus)

Bellwether School

The Bellwether School is an independent school for students in preschool through grade six. Bellwether’s holistic approach emphasizes each child’s unique interests, strengths, and talents within a supportive, cooperative, caring community. Their environment and curriculum are designed to nurture the unfolding development of the whole person, encouraging each student to build a meaningful and fulfilling relationship with the world through creative exploration. Bellwether students develop their minds, hearts, bodies, and spirits in a nurturing environment that encourages inquiry, embraces creativity, and inspires a passion and lifelong love of learning. Come see what everyone’s been talking about for 20 years!

You can visit their open house on Thursday, February 12 at 6 pm!

Greater Burlington YMCA– Located in downtown Burlington with programs for infants through school age.

Annette’s Preschool– Located in Hinesburg with programs for children 6 weeks to 12 years old.

The Schoolhouse– Located in South Burlington with programs for preschool through elementary. Participates in the STARS program.

Stepping Stones Children’s Center– Located in the Five Sisters Neighborhood in Burlington with programs for toddlers through 5 years old.

Hinesburg Nursery School– Located in Hinesburg with programs for children 3-5 years old.

Shelburne Nursery School– Parent cooperative located in Shelburne.

Saxon Hill School– Parent cooperative preschool located in Jericho.

Country Kids Preschool– Located in Colchester. (802) 878-4318

Evergreen Preschool– Co-op preschool located in Vergennes.

Good Shepherd Preschool– Preschool located in Jericho.

Burlington Forest Preschool– Located at the Ethan Allen Homestead for children ages 3-5 years old.

Adventurers at Shelburne Farms– Six week sessions at Shelburne farms for children ages 3-5 years old.

Mater Christi School– Catholic school located in Burlington with programs for children preschool through 8th grade.

Early Learning Preschool– Located in Burlington on Maple Street

Vermont Commons School– College preparatory school located in South Burlington. Grades 7-12.

Renaissance School– Located at Shelburne Farms with programs for children kindergarten through 5th grade.

Christ the King– Catholic school located in Burlington for preschool through middle school.

Ohavi Zedek Hebrew School– Located in Burlington with programs for kindergarten through 7th grade.

Saint Francis Xavier– Located in Winooski and serving kids ages pre-K through 8th grade.

Did we miss your favorite childcare center or school? Email us at [email protected] to be added!


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