Child care is an opportunity to enhance the healthy growth, development and learning of young children. High quality early care enables children to enter kindergarten with the good health and skills they need to be successful.
Voice a Concern about Child Care
If you have a concern about a program, provider, a specific circumstance, or state regulations there are resources to help you. Contact the Child Care Consumer Line.
Search for Quality Child Care Online
Visit Bright Futures Child Care Information System (BFIS). This website allows parents to search the regulated child care database to locate providers throughout Vermont.
Get Help in Your Area Finding Quality Child Care
Your Community Child Care Support Agency has Child Care Referral Specialist that can help you find child care and/or answer questions about child care in your area. You can submit this online request for referrals form to have your local referral specialist to contact you.
Paying for Quality Child Care
Child care expenses are an issue to families within a wide range of income levels. The Child Care Financial Assistance Program has information on child care financial assistance (subsidy) and tax credits you may be eligible for.
Child Tax Benefits
There are several federal and state tax credits that may reduce the amount of taxes you owe. See which child tax benefits you may be eligible for.
Use the STARS Program to Find a Quality Child Care Provider
The STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) is Vermont's quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs. Go to the STARS website to find a participating provider near you.
Regulations for Child Care Programs
There are several different regulations for home and centered based providers.