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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.

Proposed Regulations for Afterschool Child Care

The licensing regulations for school-age child care are being updated. The proposed regulations are now in promulgation — a formal process to revise and adopt changes to regulations that includes an opportunity for individuals and programs to provide comments.

To request paper copies of the above documents, call 1-800-649-2642.

There are several ways you can provide input:
  1. Online: Click here to take an online survey (until May 15, 2014).
  2. Written: Mail your comments by May 15, 2014 to: Afterschool Regulations Comments, Child Development Division, 103 South Main Street, 3 North, Waterbury, VT 05671-5500.
  3. In Person: Attend a public hearing,from 6-8PM on May 8, 2014 at one of the following Vermont Interactive Technologies sites: MontpelierNewport | Rutland | St. Albans | White River Junction | Williston.  

Strengthening Families Child Care Grants

Licensed center-based programs may apply for a Strengthening Families Child Care Grant. This is a competitive process for limited funds.

The primary goal of the grants is to ensure affordable access to high quality comprehensive early care and education programs for children and families challenged by economic instability and other environmental risk factors. Additional goals are to maintain a supply of high quality infant-toddler care and to increase the number of high quality programs that incorporate the principles and practices that are informed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) Strengthening Families Protective Factors. Click here to view answers to some frequently asked questions about these grants.

Grant period: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2016. This two-year grant period is contingent on semi-annual reports and related evidence that the program is complying with all grant requirements.

Webinar: CDD is offering a technical assistance webinar to anyone interested in applying for this grant. The webinar will take place on April 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM and again at 6:00 PM. Click here to register for the webinar.

Application Process: All applicants must use the forms below. Submit one copy by email to by close of business on Monday, April 28, 2014.  Additionally, five (5) complete paper copies must be received by close of business on April 30, 2014 at the following address: Child Development Division, ATTN: Linda Clark, 103 South Main St., 3 North Waterbury, VT 05671-5500.