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.
ARPA Child Care Stabilization Grant Program
Child Care Stabilization Grants, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARAP), will help regulated child care providers: Cover unexpected business costs associated with the pandemic, and Stabilize their operations so they can continue providing care. The application period closed in June 2022.
CRRSA Grant Program
This CRRSA Grant Program is intended to provide support for grants to regulated child care programs including registered and licensed family child care homes, child care centers, preschools, and afterschool programs. The program closed in December 2021.
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, please contact AHS.DCFCDDInfo@vermont.gov.
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.
Quality Improvement Grants
Quality Improvement Grants are regulated early childhood and afterschool programs that are working on or have achieved national accreditation.
Special Accommodation Grants
Special Accommodation Grants (SAG) are for 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.
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.