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Child Development Division (CDD)

The Child Development Division's goal is to increase access to high-quality services that are developmentally beneficial for children and strengthen families. We do this by working with programs within communities to coordinate and deliver services that meet families' needs.


Promise Communities

The Promise Community Initiative will provide supports, such as technical assistance from Promise Community coaches, financial supports, and information to help communities that include at least one elementary school to work together across sectors – health, education, human services and community planning. These collaborations will do ‘whatever it takes’ to improve the educational and developmental outcomes for children in their communities.

First Seven Promise Communities Selected - Press Release 4/3/2015


Act 166

Act 166 Initial Guidance Packet

Act 166, passed by the Vermont Legislature in 2014, provides for publicly funded prekindergarten education for a minimum of ten hours per week for 35 weeks annually for all 3, 4 and 5 year-old children not enrolled in kindergarten. The Act has an implementation date of July 1, 2015.

This document provides  preliminary guidance in the following areas:

  • Budget Guidance
  • Frequently  Asked Questions
  • Interim Policy: Prequalification of Prekindergarten Education Programs
  • Interim Policy: Establishment and Expansion of Public School Operated Prekindergarten Programs

Act 166 Online Prequalification Application
All public and private prekindergarten education programs, including Head Start and public school operated programs, must apply for prequalification status, whether the program is an existing program or a new program. This new requirement applies to all programs seeking to provide prekindergarten education in 2015-2016 regardless of whether the school district has elected to offer universal prekindergarten education starting in 2015 or 2016. The online Prequalification application can be accessed here; instructions on filling out the form are available here.