Vermont's Child Care and Development Fund Plan Draft

26 January 2016

First Draft of Vermont's Plan

This is the first draft of Vermont's plan describing how Vermont will meet the new requirements in state child care subsidy programs and quality initiatives from the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 . Staff have been working hard to answer all of the questions in the plan. You will note that the plan still has some language that may need editing for clarity and alignment. CDD staff felt it was important to get out a draft of the plan as soon as possible, however we are still working on the following components of the plan, we appreciate any wording suggestions you may have and welcome you to submit them in the public comment survey.

Section 1
1.6 Public-Private Partnerships is incomplete
1.7 Cross referencing with Section 7.4 still needs to be done
1.8 Disaster Plan is  missing

Section 2
2.2.7 Need to add Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Response to Intervention ad Instruction Project
2.2.8 Need to add Help Me Grow information

Section 3
3.4.1 Copay chart  is missing
3.4.5 More explanations need to be added

Section 4
4.4.1 Is incomplete
4.4.2 Need some edits
4.6.2 Incomplete
4.6.3 Incomplete

Section 5
5.1.6 Incomplete
5.2 May need more information about goals/efforts to increase number of Licensing Field Specialists

Section 6
Some editing for length may occur
6.1.2 Link to Workforce Survey missing
6.1.3 Incomplete

Section 7
7.4 Check for alignment with 1.7

Give us feedback:
You may provide comments via a SurveyMonkey survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015_VT_CCDF_PLAN, or at a public hearing. The public hearings will be held:

More information about CCDF and why Vermont has a plan:
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 the first time the law has been reauthorized since it was initiated in 1996; and there are significant changes focused on health and safety standards, consumer education, systems integration and the quality of child care services the fund supports. The federal Office of Child Care has released a summary of changes on the new law available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ/ccdf-reauthorization. These changes will affect Vermont's licensing standards and child care financial assistance.

States, including Vermont, are required to submit a CCDF State Plan, subject to federal approval, to describe how they will meet the new requirements in state child care subsidy programs and quality initiatives. In some areas, states have broad discretion, in other areas there are highly prescriptive requirements in the law. Vermont's current CCDF State Plan, which can be found on the CDD website at http://dcf.vermont.gov/sites/dcf/files/CDD/Reports/CCDF_VT_STATE_PLAN_2013.pdf, will be extended through October 2016 when new federal requirements begin to take effect. We have until March 1, 2016 to develop a new plan in consultation with state and local partners and stakeholders, hold a public hearing, and submit the plan for approval.