Changes to the Child Care Financial Assistance Program
Changes to the Child Care Financial Assistance Program Rates and Income Guidelines
The Vermont Legislature approved significant changes to the Child Care Financial Assistance Program rates and the income guidelines for State Fiscal Year 2020 (July 2019 – June 2020). Those changes include:
- Adjust the income guidelines to align with the 2019 Federal Poverty Levels (FPL)
- Changes in the income guidelines to provide a more gradual decrease in benefits for families as they earn more income.
- Align the preschool and school Child Care Financial Assistance Program rates with the 2014 Vermont Market Rate Survey
- Maintain the rates of reimbursement for infants and toddlers aligned with the 2017 Vermont Market Rate Survey.
Parents will not be required to take additional steps to have the new guidelines effect their eligibility. Their eligibility will automatically be determined using the new income guidelines. If a family’s information has changed since the last time they applied, please have them call their eligibility specialist. For a list of eligibility agencies and contact information visit our website at https://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/cccsa. Families will receive a copy of their new Child Care Financial Assistance Program certificate by the beginning of August.
Programs will receive copies of each child’s certificate in their Bright Futures Information System (BFIS) documents by July 22, 2019.
Please remember the Child Care Financial Assistance Program is only able to pay the state rate or the program's rate, whichever one is lower. Program's can update their rates in Bright Futures Information System at any time by completing a Provider Agreement Part 1: Financial Services and faxing it to the division at 802-241-0849. Updated rates go in effect the pay period following the date it was entered in Bright Futures Information System (BFIS).
If you have questions about this rate increase or how to update your rates please call 1-800-649-2642.
Check out our fact sheet on all of the budget changes for the Child Development Division for state fiscal year 2020 at: https://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd-blog/child-development-division-2020-budget-updates