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Child Development Division (CDD)

CDD's goal is to increase access to high-quality, sustainable services that are developmentally beneficial for children, strengthen families, and meet their needs. We do this in partnership with families, communities, schools, providers and state and federal agencies.


Changes to Federal Law

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 was passed by the Congress and signed into law by President Obama in November 2014. This act is also referred to as the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). This is the federal funding source and guidance for the Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP) and all related child care quality and professional development initiatives administered by the Vermont Department for Children and Families, Child Development Division (CDD). This is a reauthorization of the federal law, and increases the federal expectations on states.

Click here to see an overview of what this law means for Vermont.


We are looking for your help!

The State of Vermont is conducting a survey of the wages, benefits, credentials, and other characteristics of the Vermont Early Childhood and Afterschool workforce.  If you are part of the child care, early childhood, Children’s Integrated Services, afterschool, primary education workforce, we need your help by completing a survey.

The goal of the current survey is to provide the VT AHS Department for Children and Families (DCF), the Agency of Education (AOE), and other Vermont stakeholders with a clear picture of the Vermont Early Childhood and Afterschool workforce. The results will help all Vermonters better understand the strengths, needs and aspirations of this critical workforce and will help DCF, AOE and partners target resources needed and desired by the workforce. We need survey responses from all professionals who work in these settings.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Your responses will be anonymous in order to protect your identity and your responses are confidential. Those completing surveys by May 29, 2015 will have a chance to enter a drawing through a separate link to win one of 3 iPads.  Those completing the survey by June 19, 2015 will have another chance to win one of 3 iPads (6 in all).  (Those completing the survey by May 29 will have two chances to win!)

There are three survey links, depending on your position:

A note to program directors:  Please encourage all of your staff to participate in this important survey.  This survey is designed for individuals at all levels of the system and individual responses to the questions are extremely important.

Paper copies of the survey will be available through all regional Community Child Care Support Agencies within the next two weeks.  To find the agency in your area, go to: http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/cccsa

The paper version of the survey is available below to print and distribute.

Copies should be returned to:
Lynne Robbins
Child Development Division,
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT  05671-5500

Thank you for your valuable participation in this important project!  If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Robbins or Ben Allen at (800) 649-2642.

The survey is funded by the federal Race-To-the-Top: Early Learning Challenge Grant.


Act 166

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. The application for prequalificaton, frequently asked questions, and other information is available on the Vermont Agency of Education website.