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Act 76 Readiness Payment Program Applications Close This Week

February 5, 2024

Applications for the Readiness Payment Program will close on Friday, February 9, 2024. If you have not yet applied for this program, please review the program information and submit your application by Friday. Applicants are still eligible to receive the full payment amount. Current recipients report that the application takes less than 10 minutes.

If you already receive Act 76 Readiness Payments, the Child Development Division will be in touch later in February regarding final payments and the required survey.


To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an active Registered or Licensed Family Child Care Home (FCCH), Center Based Child Care and Preschool Program (CBCCPP), or Afterschool Child Care Program (ASP) license from the State of Vermont. 
  • Be open and serving children as of the date of your application. 
  • Intend to stay open and serving children through at least June 2025.
  • Accept or are willing to accept payments from CCFAP on behalf of children in your care or be a Head Start recipient.
  • Have completed the final ARPA Stabilization funding report (if applicable).

How To Apply

Apply today and start receiving payments in September! It only takes 10 minutes and can be done from a mobile device.

  • We will accept applications (see the sample application [PDF]) until all available funds are committed or until February 9th, 2024, whichever occurs first.
  • Submit one application per license.
  • Only apply once to receive a fixed monthly payment.
  • Applications will be processed within ten business days of receipt. Please respond to any requests for additional information or clarification in a timely manner; your application will only be considered complete once your response is received.

Access the online application and apply now!

Payment Amounts

Payments amounts will be determined based on a formula that reflects the Readiness Payment Program’s intention to support stabilization, expansion, and quality within programs. The formula was designed based on priorities identified in Act 76, feedback collected via survey from early childhood and afterschool programs in July 2023, and what worked in the ARPA Stabilization Program.

Details about the formula and how to estimate your payment amount can be found in the Program Overview Presentation (PDF).

Payments will be made from September 2023 through February 2024. There is potential for additional payments before June 30, 2024, if funds remain.

Programs will receive the same overall payment amount regardless of when they apply, if funds remain.

Questions/Technical Assistance

We have developed Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) to help you with this process. We also have a dedicated team ready and available to support you. Please get in touch with us at with questions about this program and for technical assistance to complete the application.