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Child Care

For Parents:

Concerns about Child Care

If you have a concern about a program, provider, a specific circumstance, or state regulations there are resources to help you.

Find Child Care - Online

This website allows parents to search the regulated child care database to locate providers.

Find Child Care - Referral

Your local child care referral specialist can help you in your search for child care and answer questions about child care.

Pay for Child Care

Child care expenses are an issue to families within a wide range of income levels. Here you'll find information on child care financial assistance (subsidy) and tax credits you may be eligible for.

Use the STARS program to find a child care provider.

The STep Ahead Recognition System (or STARS) is Vermont's quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs. Go to the STARS website to find a participating provider near you.


For Providers:

Become a Provider

How to become a licensed child care, preschool, or afterschool provider.

Provide Child Care, Preschool, or Afterschool Care

There are many support programs that are available to programs and individual who provide care for children in Vermont.

Licensing Regulations

There are several different regulations for home and centered based providers.

Professional Development

Information and support about professional development for early childhood and afterschool professionals in Vermont.  


Information about the STep Ahead Recognition System, Vermont's quality recognition program for child care.