DCF Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Child Care & Preschool Regulations

06 August 2015

The Department for Children and Families’ Child Development Division (CDD) is updating the state regulations for family child care homes and center-based child care and preschool programs in Vermont. There are currently 1,347 home and center-based programs in Vermont with the licensed capacity to serve up to 25,636 children.

Since the regulations were last updated, there have been many changes affecting child care and preschool programs, including:

  •  New state and federal laws and regulations related to child care and preschool services;
  • Changes in the system of early childhood and afterschool services in Vermont;
  • Emerging technologies, including the Bright Futures Information System (BFIS); and
  • New information on how programs can most effectively support children’s growth and development.

“The regulations promote a balance between what’s best for the safety and well-being of children and the practical day-to-day demands of operating early learning and development programs,” said CDD Deputy Commissioner Reeva Murphy. “We want to get input from parents, providers, and community members to help ensure the licensing requirements are clear, fair to providers, and keep children and families at the center of our concern.”

Two public hearings will be held on the proposed regulations:

  • On September 14, 2015, from 9:00AM to 11:00 AM; and
  • On September 21, 2015, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Both hearings will take place at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites throughout the state: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Junction, and Williston. Comments will also be accepted through an online survey and by mail.

Go to http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd to view the proposed regulations, access the online survey, view the locations of the public hearings, and get directions for submitting comments by mail.

You can also call 1-800-649-2642 to request a printed copy of the proposed regulations along with information on how to submit written comments.


Released: August 6, 2015