Welcoming new leaders into the Child Development Division

06 November 2015

The Child Development Division (CDD) in the Department for Children and Families (DCF) is pleased to announce the following people have started in leadership roles at the division:

Jennifer Benedict joined our Division as Director of Child Care Licensing and Financial Assistance at the end of October. Jennifer comes to the CDD from the Residential Licensing and Special Investigations Unit (RLSI) in the Family Services Division in DCF where she is a Social Services Supervisor.  In that capacity she has worked with a number of CDD child care staff who have universally endorsed her as an excellent choice.
Jennifer has over eight years of experience working for DCF to improve the lives and outcomes of children with high needs and their families. She brings a solid foundation in policy and regulatory implementation, cross-sector systems collaboration and direct service in the field. She is passionate about ensuring the well-being of children and families in Vermont and brings professional proficiency, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to our CDD work in child care. As the working mother of two young children, Jennifer understands first-hand the importance of great relationships and experiences for children and parents in early care and learning programs.

Timothy (Tim) Cutler has accepted the position of Director of Operations for the division. Tim joined CDD as the Grants and Contracts Administrator for Vermont’s Early Learning Challenge Grant projects in May, 2014 and has proved himself a capable and talented team player. Tim has expertise in managing people, resources and organizational effectiveness that we believe will be a great asset for CDD.
Tim has a BS in Finance, Marketing and Management from the University of Vermont and an MSA in Organizational Behavior from St. Michael’s College in Colchester. He holds a certification in Non Profit Development/Grant writing and is a Microsoft Certified Professional with experience in information systems management. In his tenure with CDD, Tim has participated in supervisory training and training in Results Based Accountability (RBA).