Child Care Stabilization Infant Toddler Grants Announcement

13 January 2020

The Vermont Legislature and Governor have appropriated money to fund Child Care Stabilization Infant Toddler Grants. These grants are meant to:

  • Support early care and development programs serving low income working families and young children in Vermont, particularly those serving infants and toddlers.
  • Help early care and development programs provide quality services that promote children’s development and well-being and strengthen families, with a focus on infant and toddler services.

More information about the grants is available here: https://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/providers/grants/infant-toddler

Who is eligible to receive these grants?

Center Based and Family Child Care Homes are eligible to receive these grants that:

  • Are at least one star;
  • The number of children receiving Child Care Financial Assistance in their program represents at least 50% of their licensed capacity;
  • Serve infants and/or toddlers (children age 6 weeks to their second birthday) that are receiving Child Care Financial Assistance;
  • Serve on average a minimum of one infant or toddler that receives Child Care Financial Assistance every month that is used to determine grant amount.

The number of grants and how much programs get is limited by available funds and determined by applying the same formula to all qualifying programs semi-annually. Participation in other grant programs does not have any effect on eligibility for these grants.

List of Programs Receiving Grant

Will I need to do anything to receive the grant if my program is on the list?

No. Grant payments will be processed through Bright Futures Information System (BFIS), and will be paid to you just like Child Care Financial Assistance Program payments are paid. If you have a business office or are part of a larger organization, you may want to let your business office know you are expecting to receive this payment in addition to the subsidies.

How are programs selected?

Twice a year, a formula, based on Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP) billing data and licensed capacity is applied to all eligible programs (see eligibility requirements above) to create a score. This score is used to determine the priority for each program to receive a grant. The highest score is the program who has priority to receive a grant, and so on. The grants are paid out to programs based on priority until the money allocated for the period is spent.

We apply the formula across all qualifying programs semi-annually that includes these weighted factors:

  • Percent of children eligible for CCFAP attending and billed for to licensed capacity of the program (70%)
  • Average number of children receiving CC FAP billed  (15%)
  • Average number of infants and toddlers receiving CC FAP billed  (15%)

When will the grants be paid?

Grants will be entered in the programs Bright Futures Information System (BFIS) account in January, and payments will be received by the program in mid February.