STARS Benefits for Providers

STARS Benefits for Providers

  1. The Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP) pays a higher rate on behalf of families based on the number of stars the program has earned:
  • 1 Star – 5% above the base rate
  • 2 Stars – 10% above the base rate
  • 3 Stars – 20% above the base rate
  • 4 Stars – 30% above the base rate
  • 5 Stars – 40% above the base rate

      2.   Bonus payments for EACH level achieved:

  • 1 Star - $250
  • 2 Stars - $500
  • 3 Stars - $1,000
  • 4 Stars - $1,150
  • 5 Stars - $1,550
  1. Public awareness of STARS participation if requested. Options include: supply of STARS brochures, and a customized press release.
  2. The opportunity to apply for grants open only to programs that are in STARS or are nationally accredited
  3. Discount on purchases from the companies listed below.

Discounts for STARS Providers

The following companies offer discounts to Vermont programs participating in STARS.

National Companies

Local Companies

 National Companies

Kaplan Early Learning Company Kaplan Logo

Any Star Level (One - Five) – 17% discount & free UPS shipping with a minimum order of $250

To receive the discount, fax your STARS certificate with your first order to the Kaplan customer service 800-452-7526. Visit the Kaplan website.

Learning Materials Workshop (LMW)  Learning Materials Workshop

One Star - Free Shipping (minimum $50 order)
Two Stars - 10% off block sets & free shipping (minimum $50 order)
Three Stars - 12% off block sets & free shipping (minimum $50 order)
Four Star - 15% off block sets & free shipping (no minimum order)
Five Star - 20% off block sets & free shipping (no minimum order)

** All STARS participating programs will receive 20% off LMW's Professional Development Workshops.
To receive the discount, please send a copy of your current STARS certificate. Visit the LMW website.

Lakeshore  Lakeshore Logo

10% merchandise certificate & free shipping on all orders over $100
To receive the discount, mention C.3343 on  your order. Visit the Lakeshore website.

LENA   LENA Building brains through early talk

15% discount on a contract for LENA programs.
To receive the discount, reach out to Caitlyn Stafford at Learn more at


Jo-Ann Fabrics (in Barre, Rutland, St. Albans, and South Burlington)
Bring in your STARS Certificate and receive a Teacher Discount Card for 15% off products for your business.

Local Companies

Addison County

VT Bookstore in Middlebury
Ask for Becky Dayton and receive 20% off books for the classroom/teaching children.

Bennington County

Bennington Bookshop
Ask for Rick or Ellen Havlak and receive an Educator Discount of 15%

Northshire Bookstore
Contact Nancy Scheemaker 362-3565 ext.166 or to create your account. You will receive a 20% discount on all books relating to teaching children. 

Chittenden County

Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne
Ask for owners, Josie or Elizabeth, for a teacher’s discount - 20% off on books for the classroom, 10% off on books for personal use

Michael’s in So. Burlington
Ask for Lorraine or the manager and receive 15% Teacher Discount when accompanied by a copy of your STARS certificate.

Barnes & Noble in South Burlington (this discount is only available at this store)
Contact Community Outreach Coordinators - Elizabeth or Katherine at 864-7505 to receive an Educator Program 20% discount. 
The DCF Vermont DCF Barnes & Noble Account number: 5821327

Rutland County

15% Teacher Discount when accompanied by a copy of your STARS certificate.


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

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