Child Development Division Strengthening Families Grant

The Strengthening Families Grant Program was established by the Child Development Division (CDD) of the Department for Children and Families in the Agency of Human Services in January of 2010 as part of a major reform in child care assistance policy and practice. The program offers regulated early care and learning programs an opportunity to apply for limited funds in a competitive process. Grants are awarded for a one year period with an option to fund each successful applicant for up to three years overall in each round. 

The services enhanced by this Strengthening Families grant relate to the following Act 186 Outcomes of Well-being:

  • Vermont’s children and young people achieve their potential including children are ready for school
  • Vermont’s Families are safe, nurturing, stable and supported

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/increase a supply of high quality infant-toddler care and to increase family strengths and resiliency in providing a nurturing environment that promotes the early development of their children.

In this round, the maximum amount of any individual grant award is adjusted for program size. See the chart in the grant overview below. For more information about the requirements of the grant see the grant overview below.

2018 Grant Information and Required Forms

Grants must be submitted online (link available end of February) by 4:00 PM March 26th, 2018. Applications must use the required documents below. Incomplete applications will be denied.  Questions about the grant can be sent to Melissa Riegel-Garrett at or call Melissa at 802-989-9685.

2014 Grantees

The 2014 Strengthening Families Grants have been awarded. See a list of grantees.


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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