The Child Development Division provides grants to individuals and programs in Vermont based on specific criteria. The grants are meant improve outcomes for families and children in Vermont.

Professional Development Grants
Grants available to Vermont early childhood and afterschool professionals who are taking specific training activities. Grants are also available to regional and statewide organizations that offer professional development opportunities.

Quality Improvement Grants
Grants are regulated early childhood and afterschool programs that are working on or have achieved national accreditation.

Individual Professional Recognition Bonuses
Bonuses are available to Vermont professionals that work in regulated early childhood and afterschool that have achieved specific professional certificates, credentials and degrees.

Special Accommodations Grant
Application to support accommodations for children with special needs in a Vermont regulated early childhood, school-age, or family child care program.

Extraordinary Financial Relief for Child Care Centers
In order to protect Vermont families in areas of the state with high poverty rates from the closing of child care center providing full time or part time care for their children, this financial assistance may be sought by child care centers that are at imminent risk of failure (closure). 

Strengthening Families Child Care Grants

The Child Development Division (CDD) of the Department for Children and Families is pleased to offer licensed center based programs an opportunity to apply for a Strengthening Families Child Care Grant. This is a competitive process for limited funds.

The primary goal of these 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.

CDD is offering a technical assistance webinar to anyone that is interested in applying for this grant. The webinar will be April 15th, 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 and submit one copy electronically by close of business day Monday, April 28th 2014 via email to Linda Clark in the CDD (  Five complete paper copies must be received by close of business day April 30th at the following address: Child Development Division, ATTN: Linda Clark, 103 South Main St., 3 North, Waterbury, VT 05671-5500

2014 Strengthening Families Child Care Grant Overview and Application
2014 Strengthening Families Child Care Grant Budget Workbook

W-9 Form
Individuals who have never received payments from the Department for Children and Families, Child Development Division will need to complete the W-9 form and send it with your bonus application. This form is required for the division to make payments.