Finding Child Care
You can use the link above to contact a local child care referral specialist about your child care needs. Child care referral specialists will contact you to help you with your child care search, and provide you referrals to local child care programs that may meet your needs. If you would like to contact a referral specialist directly, their information is listed on our website at https://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/cccsa
IMPORTANT NOTE: At this time we are not able to receive the application electronically from this site. You must print out the application and either scan and email, mail to 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston Vt 05495 or drop it off. Sorry for any inconvenience!
Vermont Department for Children and Families(DCF)
The goal of this website is to help you find DCF programs, services, and resources — quickly and easily. Find programs such as 3SquaresVT, Child Care Financial Assistance, Fuel Assistance, and Weatherization; services such as child protection and child support; and resources on topics ranging from adoption to reporting child abuse and neglect.
To get information on specific programs, click on the links below:
3SquaresVT, a federal nutrition program (formerly called food stamps) that can help you buy more healthy food.
Home Heating Fuel Assistance, helps pay part of your home heating costs if you pay for heat directly, have heat included in your rent, or rent a room in someone else’s home.
Dr. Dynasaur helps pay medical expenses for children under 21.
Reach Up (also includes Reach First and Postsecondary Education Program), Services and Financial Assistance to help families with children become more independent.
WIC (Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children)
Health and Wellbeing
Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) State Website– a resource for pregnant or postpartum women and families with children from birth to age six. Click here for the CIS Resources for Families with Young Children .
Specialized Child Care Handbook
This handbook is a resource for parents under stress. Quality child care with specific supports can help strengthen their family and promote their child’s development. For more information on how Specialized Child Care Services can help your family, please visit http://dcf.vermont.gov/childcare/providers/specialized.
State of Vermont Child Care Consumer Line
If you have questions or concerns about a child care provider in Vermont, call the Child Care Consumer Line: 1-800-649-2642 toll free in Vermont or (802) 241-2367 from other locations. Get information about specific providers, including when they became licensed; whether they have any accreditations or STARS ratings; and if they have been cited for licensing violations in the past year.
Family Advocacy and Support and other Resources
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (PCAV)
For over 38 years, PCAV has been working effectively to prevent child abuse and neglect through parent education, support, and public awareness. Prevent Child Abuse Vermont promotes and supports healthy relationships between children and the people who care for them in order to eliminate child abuse.
Keep children safe from Sexual Abuse. Go to protectkids.vt.gov. Learn the facts.
To Report Child Abuse: https://dcf.vermont.gov/fsd/report#:~:text=If%20you%20suspect%20a%20child,or%20the%20local%20police%20first.
Head Start: http://www.vermontheadstart.org/
Building Bright Futures (BBF)
Building Bright Futures seeks to assure that all Vermont children are healthy and successful by improving the quality, affordability, and accessibility of services for families with children under the age of 6 in the areas of health, early care, and education. As a public/private partnership, Building Bright Futures links community-based planning and program development with a state-level Council charged with creating an integrated system of services.
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