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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.


Proposed Child Care Regulations - Public Comments

The Division is excited to announce the opportunity to provide input on the following proposed child care regulations. Click here to view the proposed regulations, and information on how to make public comments.

Job Opening - CDD Operations Director

The Operations Director ensures efficient and effective business operations of the Child Development Division. Working closely with the Deputy Commissioner, the Director is responsible for strategic planning, integrating across units, and accountability to high standards for CDD programs, policies and services. The Operations Director supervises IT systems and data management, coordinates with the Business Office on financial monitoring, and leads special projects. It is an interesting, engaging and pivotal leadership role that sets out to make a positive difference in the lives of Vermont children and families.

The Operations Director works on site at DCF Central Office in Essex but will be relocating to our new offices in Waterbury in early 2016.

General Job Description: Managerial, administrative, policy development and coordinating work at a professional level for the Child Development Division involving information technology systems, audit management, data management and reporting, purchasing, budget and expenditure monitoring, business process and procedures, policy development and coordination, client  information and communication, contract and grant management and oversight, implementations of continuous quality improvement and quality assurance. Supervision is exercised over professional, technical and clerical employees. Work is performed under the general direction of the Deputy Commissioner of the Child Development Division. This individual is responsible for oversight and coordination of a multi million dollar budget and multiple revenue sources. The work impacts 45 CDD staff working in DCF Central Office or in Home Offices throughout Vermont, over 150 staff in community agencies working under CDD contracts and grants, over 3000 legally exempt and regulated CC service providers, and over 8000 subsidized children and their families. Duties include budgetary, planning, technology, policy and programmatic responsibilities to ensure compliance with federal and state legislative mandates, and other regulations and directives.

Salary and benefits are highly competitive. For more information on employment with the state of Vermont go to This job posting id is 617570. Deadline is September 17, 2015.

Job Opening - Deadline Extended - Director of Child Care Licensing & Financial Assistance

Responsibilities include management, regulation and policy development and coordinating work at a professional level involving child care regulation and licensing, administration of the Child Care and Development Fund and of child care financial assistance of all types in Vermont. The Director will supervise twenty four – twenty five professional, technical and clerical employees and report directly to the Deputy Commissioner of the Child Development Division. Responsibilities include budget management, personnel management and strategic planning and implementation as part of the Division’s Management Team.

We’re looking for a skilled and knowledgeable leader to join a team of professionals enthusiastically committed to the well-being of children and the evolution of an innovative and effective system of developmentally beneficial child care and child development services.

A successful candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, early childhood development/education or other human service field  and at least  five years experience at a professional level in human services or early childhood programs such as  licensed or registered community based child care programs, Head Start (center based) programs, parent/child centers or other facilities, whose major focus is developmentally beneficial  early care and education services, including at least two years in a managerial or supervisory role. Relevant graduate level coursework in public administration, social work or the broad field of human services may be substituted for up to two years of the general experience on a semester for six months basis.

Salary and benefits are highly competitive. For more information on employment with the state of Vermont go to This job posting id is 617447. Deadline is September 16, 2015.

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.

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.