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.
Child Care Regulation Documents
- Child Care Licensing Regulations: Registered and Licensed Family Child Care Homes - Nepali Translation
First Aid and CPR Memo about Change in Requirements - Nepali Translation
- Child Care Licensing Regulations: Registered and Licensed Family Child Care Homes - Spanish Translation
First Aid and CPR Memo about Change in Requirements - Spanish Translation
- Child Care Licensing Regulations: Registered and Licensed Family Child Care Homes - Somali Translation
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 typically accepted throughout the year. The open collection of comments is currently closed during the promulgation of the Center Based Child Care and Preschool Program Regulations.
Promulgation of Child Care Regulations
The Child Development Division is proposing changes to the Center Based Child Care and Preschool Program Regulations (CBCCPP). To see the proposed changes and how to submit comments and recommendations on the changes please go to https://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/laws-regs/childcare/cbccpp-proposed
Regulation Resources for Child Care Programs
Manuals have been written for each set of child care regulations to help answer questions programs may have about rules and compliance.
- Vermont Afterschool Child Care Programs Guidance Manual
- Vermont Center Based Child Care & Preschool Programs (CBCCPP) Guidance Manual
- Vermont Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) Guidance Manual
This page contains frequently asked questions about the Vermont Child Care Regulations. There are links to pages for questions about the specific types of programs, and there are answers to general questions about the regulations.
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.
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.