Champlain Valley Head Start is pleased to announce it has eight anticipated openings at its Malletts Bay School afternoon classroom for the 2016-17 school year. Families looking for free preschool, for children ages 3-5 years, in Colchester can contact Champlain Valley Head Start for an application.

Colchester residents are welcome to apply for the afternoon preschool program. Classes will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The weekly schedule for both classrooms will be Tuesday – Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch and snack are included as part of the preschool day.

Families can request an application by either calling Champlain Valley Head Start at 651-4180,

ext. 205, or they can fill out an application online by going to, and click on “Apply Now.”

In addition to the preschool classroom in Colchester, Champlain Valley Head Start has four classrooms in Addison County, 21 additional classrooms in Chittenden County and six classrooms in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Families looking for free preschool may contact Head Start about any of these locations as well.

Andrea Houlihan

Assistant enrollment manager, CVHS