Proposal for Revisions to the Afterschool Child Care Programs Regulations

03 February 2016

The Vermont Licensing Regulations for Afterschool Child Care Programs recently underwent revision and the new regulations were adopted by the Department for Children and Families.  These regulations were implemented on January 1, 2016.  However, since that time the federal government passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 that requires states to implement certain rules related to child care programs receiving funds through the grant.  The programs that are required to follow these rules are all child care programs receiving funds to support children and families through the Child Care Financial Assistance Program (formerly known as subsidy).  Given that all child care programs can potentially serve children receiving these funds, the rules will be applied to all child care programs.  In addition, Vermont Act 60 (2015) requires changes to child abuse reporting and Act 37 (2015) requires changes to exemption criteria for immunizations.

We are promulgating proposed changes to the Afterschool Child Care Programs regulations to comply with the state and federal laws. The following documents outline the changes proposed to the regulations.

  • Memo outlining proposed changes
  • Promulgation pre-filing documents outlining process for change
  • Draft of Afterschool Child Care Program regulations with changes indicated with crossed out and added text
  • Final clean draft of Afterschool Child Care Program regulations incorporating proposed changes

Public Comment:

There are several ways that comment can be made:

  • Submit comments to the division through a survey by April 5, 2016
  • Attend a public comment hearing
    • March 24, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      The Family Place
      52 Olcott Drive
      Hartford, Vermont 05055
    • March 29, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Best Western
      45 Blush Hill Road
      Waterbury, VT 05676
  • Mail comments to the division by April 1, 2016
    • Afterschool Regulations Public Comments
      Child Development Division
      280 State Drive
      Waterbury, VT 05671-1040