March 2018 Early Care and Development Grants Report Now Available
The Vermont Legislature and Governor appropriated $2.2 million dollars in the 2018 State Fiscal Year Budget to fund Early Care and Development Program (ECDP) Grants. The Child Development Division (CDD) is responsible for administering these grants.
ECDP Grants are meant to:
- Support early care and development programs serving low income families and young children in Vermont, particularly those serving infants and toddlers.
- Reduce the burden of co-payments on families and providers participating in the Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CC FAP)
- Help early care and development programs provide quality services that promote children’s development and well-being and strengthen families
465 child care programs received a grant in October and/or January, and an average of 4,750 children receiving Child Care Financial Assistance were served by these programs. Of the programs receiving a grant 148 were center based and 317 were family child care homes. A list of the programs receiving grants is available at http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/providers/grants/ecdp
This report outlines how the programs used the funds and how helpful the funds were to the child care programs. It also includes comments from the child care programs that received a grant about the awards. The report is available here: http://dcf.vermont.gov/sites/dcf/files/CDD/Reports/ECDP_Grant_March_2018_Report.pdf
Information about the grants and the final report is available on the division’s website: http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/providers/grants/ecdp