Child Care Licensing Regulation Revision Project

Over the past two years the Division has engaged parents, providers, regulators and community members in a process of dialogue and consensus building to create regulations that are child centered, family friendly and fair to providers. This revision provides clarification and incorporates new information to update definitions, staff qualifications, effective program operation and changes in both program and regulatory practice.
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The Child Development Division filed the proposed Center Based Child Care and Preschool Programs Regulations and the Proposed Family Child Care Home Regulations with the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) Friday, March 11th, 2016.

Update 4/6/2016

CDD has received feedback (post-public comment) regarding the asbestos assessment requirement stated in the final proposed rule and we have conducted additional research which we believe supports amending this proposed rule.  The division has submitted memos to LCAR with the proposed changes (see below). The proposed changes make it less onerous for child care providers while still protecting the health and safety of children according to best practice standards.  

Center Based Child Care Regulations

Family Child Care Home

Final Proposed Rules & Division Response to Public Comment

The division has asked the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) for additional time to file the final adopted rule. The Committee will hear the request for additional time on March 24th, the hearings on the final proposed rules are projected to be on March 31st and April 7th. For more information or if you are interested in testifying on the proposed rules please contact Charlene Dindo ( at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing. For information about the hearing process please visit LCAR's website at LCAR meets from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Thursdays in the Ethan Allen Room in the State House, Montpelier, Vermont.


The division has committed to publish all of the information on the rules, and below are all of the documents filed with LCAR for each set of rules:

Proposed Center Based Child Care and Preschool Program Regulations

Proposed Registered and Licensed Family Child Care Home  (FCCH) Regulations


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