Shortly after 8 a.m. on a recent weekday morning, 3-year-old Emma Kelley walked into her preschool room at Orchard Elementary School in South Burlington alongside her mother. Tricia Kelley smiled as Emma looked at a table bearing nametags for each student in the class, recognized her name and plucked up the appropriate tag.
As Emma scampered off to play with her friends, her mother praised the preschool program, which opened last year and already has a waiting list. "It's wonderful, wonderful," Kelley said. "She has grown so much in just two months. ... We're thrilled."