Early Care & Education

Need to know more about parental, family, or short-term leave? Download the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) booklet, Vermont Guide to Parental and Family Leave. (PDF file, 5 MB)

Need tips and tools for talking with your kids about objectionable sexual or violent language or imagery? Take a look at VCW’s Listen, Talk and Keep Talking (PDF file, 243 KB)

Find out more about the needs and rights of moms returning to work: Nursing Moms (PDF file, 1200 KB)

Got questions about your legal rights? The Vermont Commission on Women's handbook, The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont might provide answers. Chapters include: Adoption, Guardianship and Emancipated Minors; Consumer Protection and Fair Credit; Domestic Relations; Education; Employment Rights; Housing and Property Rights; Immigration; Insurance; Name Changes; Public Accommodations; Public Assistance and Government Benefits; Reproductive Rights; Violence Against Women and Children; and Wills, Probate Court, and Advanced Directives.

As a worker or an employer, read about workplace laws in Vermont:  Important Workplace Laws Vermont Workers Should Know (PDF, 167 KB) and Important Workplace Laws Vermont Employers Should Know (PDF, 196 KB)
 

Building Bright Futures: Vermont Child Care Information Services

brightfutures.dcf.state.vt.us/

This is the place for parents and child care providers to get answers to questions about child care, early education, school age care, and the services available to help ensure that high-quality child care is available to every child in Vermont who needs it. Find out about child care subsidy eligibility, finding a child care provider, becoming a child care provider, important contact information, and much more.  Building Bright Futures serves as both the governor appointed Vermont Early Childhood Advisory Council and 501c3 statewide governance body for the early childhood system, aligning the work at state level with the work of 12 regional early childhood advisory councils across Vermont to make improvements in access, quality and affordability of early care, health and education for families and young children 0-8.

Child Care Consumer Concern Line 
Child Development Division of the Vermont Department for Children and Families

103 South Main Street, A Building
Waterbury, VT 05671-5500
800-649-2642
dcf.vermont.gov/childcare/parents/consumer-line

Vermont's Child Care Consumer Concern Line provides toll free access to information about child care providers (e.g. when they became licensed, if they are accredited, or if they’ve had any licensing violations in the past year. It also allows parents to voice a concern about a care provider or voice a formal complaint.

Child Care Financial Assistance of the Department for Children and Families

Child Development Division
103 South Main Street 2 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-2901
(802) 241-3110
dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/ccfap

The Child Care Financial Assistance Program primarily helps low-income working families pay for needed child care. The Vermont Child Care Services Division funds and oversees the overall program, but parents access it through their local community child care support agency.

Early Head Start/Head Start

vermontheadstart.org/home/7-vermont-programs/

Early Head Start is a comprehensive child and family development program available to income eligible pregnant women and families with children from birth to three years. Head Start is a comprehensive child and family development program available to income-eligible families with preschool children ages three to five. Services including education, training, health, nutrition, mental health, disabilities and social services are part of the Early Head Start/Head Start programs.

Step Ahead Recognition System – STARS at the Agency of Human Services, Department of Children and Families

dcf.vermont.gov/childcare/parents/stars

The Child Development Division contracts with coordinators to administer STARS, Vermont’s quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs. Programs that participate in STARS are stepping ahead — going above and beyond state regulations to provide professional services that meet the needs of children and families. Click above to find child care providers that are STARS accredited.

Vermont Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (VACCRRA)

181 Commerce Street
Williston, VT 05495
vermontchildcare.org/

The Vermont Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (VACCRRA) is a professional organization that represents the 12-non-profit resource and referral agencies around the state. VACCRRA and its member agencies help employers and families with services that include a comprehensive dependent care needs assessment, a Vermont Work-family Toolkit, and technical assistance on childcare benefits. VACCRRA is a statewide network of non-profit agencies that provide child care resources and referrals to Vermont parents. Resource and referral agencies can provide consultations about child care options and are knowledgeable about locations, costs, and availabilities of local child care centers. VACCRRA also provides assistance to businesses that are developing child care plans or need information about child care issues.

Vermont Achievement Center

88 Park Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-2395
vacvt.org

The Vermont Achievement Center (VAC) is an organization dedicated to providing Vermont’s children and families with the stability and resources necessary to flourish and realize their fullest potential. The VAC offers innovative and responsive programs in special education, child care, early education, family social services and intervention, water safety and therapy, and more.

Vermont Family Network

600 Blair Park Rd, Ste 240
Williston, VT 05495
800-800-4005
vermontfamilynetwork.org/

Vermont Family Network (VFN), promotes better health, education, and well-being for children and families, with a focus on children and young adults with special needs. Vermont Family Network began in July, 2008, when Vermont Parent Information Center (VPIC) and Parent to Parent of Vermont merged. Since the merger, VFN has continued to offer the same support, services, and referrals to children and families that were once offered by VPIC and Parent to Parent. Service areas for VFN include: assistive technology, developmental disabilities, early childhood development, health, mental health, parent involvement in school and special education

2-1-1's Help Me Grow Vermont

Parents and caregivers anywhere in Vermont can dial 2-1-1 to be connected with trained Vermont Child Development Specialists answer parent and caregiver questions and concerns, including about children's behavior and development, identifying if a child is at risk, and connecting callers to programs and supports right where they live. These specialists are available from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday and callers can leave messages after hours and expect a return call.

REGIONAL CHILD CARE RESOURCES

Northwest Region

Addison County Child Care Services at Mary Johnson Children's Center

81 Water Street
Middlebury, VT 05753-0591
(802) 388-2853
mjccvt.org/

In addition to having an early childhood education program of their own, Mary Johnson’s Childcare Services works with families to find the best possible childcare placement for their child in Addison County and helps eligible families receive the funding needed to pay for childcare.

Child Care Resource

181 Commerce Street
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 863-3367 ext. 18
(800) 339-3367 (Toll Free)
childcareresource.org/

Child Care Resource exists to unite with our community in making early care and education work! As a nonprofit human service organization, they help families and providers make child care connections, strengthen early learning opportunities, and create child care solutions for communities.

Family Center of Northwestern Vermont, NCSS, Inc.

130 Fisher Pond Road
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-6574 ext. 219
ncssinc.org/

The Lund Family Center

76 Glen Road
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-7467 / 800-639-1741 / (800)-253-0191 (TDD/TTY)
lundvt.org/

South Burlington Location
50 Joy Drive
South Burlington, 05403
(802) 861-6460

Lund's offices for early education, New Horizons Education, adoption, community services, Reach Up, business and development programs.

Independence Place
Mansfield Avenue
Burlington, 05401
(802) 864-7467

Offers child care programs, playgroups, preschool and after-school programs, and assistance for young mothers completing an education or pursuing employment.

Greater Burlington YMCA

(802) 862-9622
gbymca.org/for-youth-development/childcare/

The YMCA provides a variety of child care, preschool, afterschool programs, and school vacation camps.

Pomerleau Family Y
266 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Y Annex
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Northeast Region

Kingdom Child Care Connection at Umbrella

1222 Main Street, Suite 301
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-1992
umbrellanek.org/kingdom-child-care-connection/

Lamoille Family Center

480 Cadys Falls Road
Morrisville, VT 05661
(802) 888-5229
lamoillefamilycenter.org/

North East Kingdom Community Action Parent Child Center

70 Main Street
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-7316
nekcavt.org/

Central Region

Family Center of Washington County

383 Sherwood Drive
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 262-3292
facebook.com/pg/Family-Center-of-Washington-County-Vermont-198934400121509/about/?ref=page_internal

Southwest Region

Bennington County Child Care Association of Sunrise Family Resource Center

226 Union Street
P.O. Box 829
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 447-3778 (BCCCA)
bccca.net/

Bennington County Child Care Association provides resources for parents, providers, and employers; including child care referrals, resource development, specialized care and mental health services.

Vermont Achievement Center

88 Park Street, PO Box 6283
Rutland, VT 05702-6283
(802) 775-2395
vacvt.org/

Southeast Region

The Family Place

319 US Rte 5 South
Norwich, VT 05055
(802) 649-3268 / 800-639-0039 (Toll Free)
familyplacevt.org/

Montshire Museum of Science

One Montshire Road
Norwich, VT 05055
(802) 649-2200
montshire.org/programs/list/category/children-families

 

The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on museum located in Norwich, Vermont, with more than 140 exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. The building is located on a 110-acre site near the Connecticut River, and the Museum's outdoor environment is a large part of the visitor experience. 

Montshire's programs for children include a weekly young scientist program with morning and afternoon sessions for children age 4 - K, as well as aftershcool programs for children in grades K-2.  They also offer a variety of summer vacation camps for children age 4 - entering high school.

Springfield Area Parent Child Center

6 Main Street
North Springfield, VT 05150
(802) 886-5242
sapcc-vt.org/

Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development

209 Austine Drive, Vermont Hall,
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 257 -7852
winstonprouty.org/

OTHER RESOURCES:  

National Association for the Education of Young Children Online Resources

families.naeyc.org/

The mission of the National Association for the Education of Young Children is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources.

* Coaching And Facilitation Services: sharpen institutional awareness, skills, policies, resources, images, etc. to better serve Vermont’s diverse population
* Diversity/Cultural Competency/Bias Reduction Training: enhances communication and workplace interaction
* Candidate Search Assistance: focuses on the recruitment of board members, volunteers and staff from Vermont’s various ethnic and cultural communities as well as how to retain these valuable human resources
* Policy Advocacy conducts research and briefings on issues of communityconcern (such as racial profiling, school-based harassment, elimination of minority health disparities, immigrant rights)
* Resolve To Get Involved disseminates information on voter rights (convicted felons in Vermont can vote), how to contact elected officials, registers new voters.

Childcare Project

17 Lebanon Street, Suite. 2
Hanover NH 03755
603-646-3233 / 800-323-5446
dartmouth.edu/~ccp/ccp/

Provides referral and resource information to parents regarding all child care facilities in the area as well as information about funding systems; also support and training to child care professionals.

Families from National Association for the Education of Young Children

families.naeyc.org/

The mission of the National Association for the Education of Young Children is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources.

First Day Foundation

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 10
Bennington, VT 05201-0010
(802) 753-3005
firstday.org/

The First Day Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing appropriate parental and family involvement in education. At this time, thanks to private and corporate donations, the Foundation publishes information and materials in effort to network parents, students, and teachers in creating a positive first day environment.

Let's Grow Kids

19 Marble Avenue, Suite 4
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 448-0483
letsgrowkids.org

Let's Grow Kids is a statewide campaign about the need for more high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont to better support our children, families, communities, and economy.

Vermont Birth to Five

vermontbirthtofive.org/

Through close collaboration with state agencies and community organizations, VB5 directly engages child care providers in projects designed to improve program quality. These include: One-on-one mentoring; training and professional development; assistance in partnering with public schools; strategies for increasing access to care; models for comprehensive family supports; and methods for sustainable business practices.

Vermont Children’s Trust Fund

19 Marble Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
888-475-5437
vtchildrenstrust.org/

The Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation promotes the well-being of children and families in Vermont by raising funds for community-based prevention programs.

Voices for Vermont's Children

149 State Street
P.O. Box 261
Montpelier,VT 05601
(802) 229-6377
voicesforvtkids.org/

The mission of the Voices for Vermont's Children is to promote public policy that enhances the lives of children and youth in Vermont. Voices addresses the full spectrum of child, youth and family issues - from child care and access to health care coverage for children and youth to juvenile justice and child welfare. Voices activities include:
* Advocacy during the Vermont Legislative session
* Grass roots organizing and advocacy training in local communities
* Crucial information, advocacy updates, special reports and fact sheets on issues and policy important to children and youth
* Workshops and courses on public education and advocacy in local communities
* Publication of Vermont KIDS COUNT and other child well-being reports
* Locally based Community Leadership Training and Youth Leadership Training

VNA / Maternal Child Health Services

1110 Prim Road
Colchester, VT 05446
(802) 658-1900 / 800-427-1908
vnacares.org/