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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.


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.


Tax Credits

If you:

  • work, AND
  • Had children living with you, AND
  • Earned less than $46,997 ($52,427 married filing jointly), THEN

You could qualify!

For more information about tax credits that can help you family click here. For the list of approved child care programs for Vermont's Low Income Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit click here.


Child Care Wellness Consultation Announcement!

The Child Development Division and the Department of Health are pleased to announce a collaboration with the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) to continue the Child Care Wellness Consultation project.  This project is supported through the Early Learning Challenge (ELC)/Race to the Top grant and seeks to refine a Vermont Child Care Wellness Consulting System.

The role of the Child Care Wellness Consultant is to work collaboratively with providers to promote the health and development of children, families, and providers and to ensure a healthy and safe child care environment. Our Child Care Wellness Consultants are Registered Nurses who have specialized knowledge of health and safety standards and best practices for child care programs.

More information is available on the Child Care Wellness Consultation Page of this website.