Reach Ahead


Reach Ahead helps families to transition from either Reach Up or Post-Secondary Education (PSE) to work.


Reach Ahead is part of the Reach Up family of programs.

  • Our mission: we join families on their journey to overcome obstacles, explore opportunities, improve their finances and reach their goals.
  • Our vision:  families are empowered, connected and thriving.

mom getting something from fridgeWho Is Eligible

To be eligible, your family must:

  • Live in Vermont
  • Include minor children
  • Have a Reach Up or PSE benefit that closed sometime in the last six months
  • Have at least one adult that meets the work requirement through paid employment
  • Have not exceeded the lifetime limit for Reach Ahead (24 months)

The Help Available

Reach Ahead may provide the following benefits for up to 24 months:

  • Support to help you keep a job (e.g., help paying for car repairs, work clothes, and work supplies).
  • The maximum child care subsidy available.
  • A cash benefit to help you buy food: $50 a month for the first 12 months, $5 a month for the next 12.

How To Apply

If you're eligible, we'll automatically enroll you in Reach Ahead when your Reach Up or PSE benefit closes. 


Additional Benefits

If you get Reach Ahead:


More Details

  • You can opt out of automatic enrollment if you don’t want Reach Ahead.
  • If you’re not eligible for Reach Ahead when your Reach Up or PSE benefit closes (or you opt out), you can apply within 6 months from the date your benefit closed.
  • If you want the child care subsidy and work supports, you’ll need to talk to your case manager to make arrangements. The cash benefit is automatic.
  • You’ll get your cash benefit on an EBT card. It can only be spent on food items allowed by 3SquaresVT.

Where To Learn More


Lindsay’s Journey: A PSE Success Story

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