Child Development Division Grants

Child Development Division Grants

The Child Development Division provides grants to child care providers and programs in Vermont based on specific criteria. The grants are meant improve outcomes for families and children in Vermont.

Please Note: Individuals who have never received payments from the Department for Children and Families, Child Development Division will need to complete the W-9 form and send it with your bonus application.
This form is required for the division to make payments.

Extraordinary Financial Relief for Child Care Centers

In order to protect Vermont families in areas of the state with high poverty rates from the closing of child care center providing full time or part time care for their children, this financial assistance may be sought by child care centers that are at imminent risk of failure (closure). If you believe you qualify and would like to apply for this grant, complete the application and email or mail it to the division with all required attachments. If you would like the application mailed to you, contact Bryan O'Connor at 802-241-0806 or

Individual Professional Recognition Bonuses

Individual Professional Recognition Bonuses are available to Vermont professionals that work in regulated early childhood and afterschool that have achieved specific professional certificates, credentials and degrees.

Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grants available to Vermont early childhood and afterschool professionals who are taking specific training activities. Grants are also available to regional and statewide organizations that offer professional development opportunities.

Quality Improvement Grants

Quality Improvement Grants are regulated early childhood and afterschool programs that are working on or have achieved national accreditation.

Special Accommodation Grant Opportunity

The Child Development Division (CDD) is seeking to award Special Accommodation Grants (SAG) to one (1) or more Vermont Licensed Specialized Child Care Programs to support a child or children's safe and successful inclusion within the child care program through the hiring of a qualified assistant. The requirements and process for applying for Special Accommodations Grants have changed to meet federal and state regulations.  

Child Care Programs seeking to apply for funding through a Special Accommodation Grant will need to review the Request for Application for detailed information on the grant requirements and how to submit them.  Please read the submission instructions. The application forms should be sent in their original pdf fillable format. We will not accept scanned documents.

Contingent on the availability of funds, there will be two more application rounds. 

Deadline for 2nd Round of Special Accommodation Grants: February 10, 2021

Deadline for 3rd Round of Special Accommodation Grants: March 10, 2021

Application Information and Forms:

If needed, please see the Fillable PDF Tips & Troubleshooting document for assistance with completing the above forms. Responses to questions can be found in the Questions & Answers Document.

Strengthening Families Child Care Grants

CDD grants to high quality programs incorporate research from the national Center on the Study of Social Policy about how high quality programs can intentionally strengthen families through specific policies and practices. This grant to a high quality child care program is one of the “Strengthening Families Grants” because of this.

Contact Us

Miranda Gray, Interim 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

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