Child Care Licensing Regulations

Child Care Licensing Regulations govern child care programs in the State of Vermont. These rules are minimum requirements established to protect the health and safety of Vermont's children in out-of-home care and ensure that children in child care programs in Vermont are provided with wholesome growth and educational experiences.

To view proposed child care licensing rule changes.

Child Care Regulation Documents

Afterschool Child Care Program

Center Based Child Care and Preschool Program

Registered and Licensed Family Child Care Homes


It is our intent that licensing requirements are clear, reasonable, fair and enforceable and keep children and their families at the center of our concern. In the interests of serving the public, comments on the rules are welcomed at any time and will be considered for future revisions or the development of new requirements. Comments can be made here:

Regulation Resources for Child Care Programs

Guidance Manuals

Manuals have been written for each set of child care regulations to help answer questions programs may have about rules and compliance.

Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains frequently asked questions about the Vermont Child Care Regulations.

Child Care Licensing Visits

Licensing visits are designed to assess compliance with regulations. During licensing visits, licensing staff follow procedures intended to keep you, the families you serve, and the licensing staff safe and healthy. Please view What to Expect from a Child Care Licensing Visit for more information. 

Child Development Division’s Fingerprint Supported Background Checks Information

Information on the newly adopted Child Care regulations with respect to background checks. They are the same for Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) and Center Based Child Care and Preschool Programs (CBCCPP). Please note these parallel or are more rigorous than 16 V.S.A. Section 255 requirements.

First Aid and CPR Requirements

Information on changes to the First Aid and CPR Requirements effective July 2019 that impact staff in Center Based Child Care and Preschool Programs (CBCCPP), Afterschool Programs (ASP), and Family Child Care Homes (FCCH). This also applies to substitutes, assistants, aides and trainees in Family Child Care Homes.


Contact Us

Miranda Gray, Deputy Commissioner
Child Development Division (CDD)
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1040
Phone: (802) 241-3110 or 1-800-649-2642
Fax: (802) 241-0846

DCF Public Records Requests
Statewide Public Records Requests