CDD Laws & Regulations

There are several laws, regulations, and policies that govern the work we do. Below is information about the main ones, this is not a complete list.

State Laws

There are several state laws that govern our work, the main ones are:

Title 33: Human Services, Chapter 1: Department for Children and Families
Title 33: Human Services, Chapter 35: Child Care
Title 33: Human Services, Chapter 36: Early Care and Education Providers Labor Relations Act

State Regulations


Child Care Financial Assistance Regulations


Afterschool Child Care Programs Regulations - effective 9/1/2016
Child Care Licensing Regulations: Center Based Child Care and Preschool Programs - effective 9/1/2016
Child Care Licensing Regulations: Registered and Licensed Family Child Care Homes - effective 9/1/2016

The Child Development Division is looking for your questions on the regulations. The Division is currently developing resources for child care providers about the new child care regulations. One of the resources will be a Frequently Asked Questions page on the website for common questions and their answers about the child care regulations. We need your help to build this resource. Please submit your questions to the Division through this survey:

It is our intent that licensing requirements are clear, reasonable, fair and enforceable and keep children and their families at the center of our concern. In the interests of serving the public, comments on the rules are welcomed at any time and will be considered for future revisions or the development of new requirments. Comments can be made here:

Licensing Regulations Supporting Documents

Frequently Asked Questions on Child Care Program Regulations
Child Development Division’s Fingerprint Supported Background Checks Information
Afterschool Child Care Programs Guidance Manual


Click here to access information about the STARS standards.

Federal Laws

There are several federal laws that govern our work, the main ones are:

Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Law
CCDF Reauthorization Resources
Part C of IDEA: Early Intervention for Babies and Toddlers

Program Policies and Procedures

Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP)

Child Development Division

Deputy Commissioner Reeva Murphy
DCF - Child Development Division
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1040
Phone: (802) 241-3110 or 1-800-649-2642
Fax: (802) 241-0846

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