Child Care Financial Assistance

The Child Care Financial Assistance Program helps eligible families with the cost of child care. Payments are made directly to child care providers.

Eligibility for Assistance

To be eligible for assistance, your family must:

Use the Subsidy Pre Screening Tool to see if you qualify for child care benefits. It's quick and confidential.

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Online using the Bright Futures Information System (BFIS)

    1. Go to the online application; and
    2. Send any required documents such as paystubs to your local community child care support agency.
  2. Complete a paper application

    1. Print a copy of the application form (or get one from your local agency);
    2. Complete any required supplemental forms; and
    3. Send your completed application, along with copies of required documentation (e.g., pay stubs or supplemental forms) to your local community child care support agency.

For More Information

Other Types of Financial Assistance

  1. Take advantage of child care tax benefits.  There are several federal and state tax credits that may reduce the amount of taxes you owe.

  2.  Ask your provider about scholarships and or sliding fee scales.  Some families who do not qualify for child care financial assistance still struggle to make ends meet. Ask your provider if they provide scholarships or determine rates upon ability to pay.
  3. Check with your employer. Some employers are able to support working families and rising child care costs. Ask your employer about the option to deduct child care expenses prior to taxes, child care contributions, flextime, and onsite child care benefits.

Contact Us

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

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