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)
 

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
http://dcf.vermont.gov/sites/dcf/files/pdf/cdd/childhotline.pdf

Vermont's Child Care Consumer Concern Line provides toll free access for parents and the public to inquire whether, within the past 12 months, there have been substantiated complaints or other regulatory violations noted in Licensed Early Childhood Programs or Registered Family Day Care Homes.

 

Building Bright Futures: Vermont Child Care Information Services
http://www.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.

 

Vermont Insights
vermontinsights.org

An online interactive site from Building Bright Futures in partnership with the Vermont State Data Center at the University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies that allows users to find and use data to understand the well-being of Vermont’s children, families and communities. Data is vetted from trusted sources, analyzed and organized in one platform. Users can search, see and use reliable data to help tell stories, identify community needs, set priorities, track progress, inform program or policy decisions, prepared grant proposals, report or presentations and much more.

 

2-1-1's Help Me Grow Vermont
Parents and caregivers anywhere in Vermot 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.

 

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

http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/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.

 

THE VERMONT ASSOCIATION OF CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL AGENCIES (VACCRRA)
181 Commerce Street
Williston, VT 05495
http://www.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.

Addison Region
Addison County Child Care Services at Mary Johnson Children's Center
81 Water Street
Middlebury, VT 05753-0591
(802) 388-2853
http://www.mjccvt.org/

Bennington 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)
(802) 442-6934 (Sunrise)
http://www.bccca.net/

Caledonia / Essex South Regions
Kingdom Child Care Connection at Umbrella
1222 Main Street, Suite 301
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-1992 / 800-916-8645
http://www.umbrellanek.org/

Chittenden Region
Child Care Resource
181 Commerce Street
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 863-3367 ext. 18
http://www.childcareresource.org/

Franklin / Grand Isle Regions
The Family Center of Northwestern Vermont, NCSS, Inc.
130 Fisher Pond Road
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-6574 ext. 219
http://www.ncssinc.org/

Lamoille Region
Lamoille Family Center
480 Cadys Falls Road
Morrisville, VT 05661
(802) 888-5229
http://www.lamoillefamilycenter.org/

Orange/Windsor (North) Regions
Child Care Project
17-1/2 Lebanon Street, Suite 2
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 646-3233 / 800-323-5446
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ccp/

Orleans and Essex (North) Regions
North East Kingdom Community Action Parent Child Center
70 Main Street
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-7316
http://www.nekca.org/

Rutland Region
Vermont Achievement Center
88 Park Street, PO Box 6283
Rutland, VT 05702-6283
(802) 775-2395
http://www.vacvt.org/

Windsor (South) / Windham (North) Regions
Springfield Area Parent Child Center
6 Main Street
North Springfield, VT 05150
(802) 886-5242
http://www.sapcc2.com/

Washington Region
Family Center of Washington County
383 Sherwood Drive
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 828-8765
http://www.fcwcvt.org/

Windham Region (Except for Northern-most towns)
Windham Child Care Association
130 Birge Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-5332
http://www.windhamchildcare.org/

 

 

PARENT CHILD CENTERS OF VERMONT

  • Serve as clearinghouses for general information about child and family issues;
  • Provide home visits to families with young children who request home-based support;
  • Offer playgroups;
  • Provide opportunities for parent education; and
  • Advocate for family-centered services in the community.

Addison County Parent Child Center
126 Monroe Street
P.O. Box 646
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-3171
http://www.addisoncountypcc.org/

Champlain Islands Parent Child Center
114 South St
South Hero, VT 05486
Red Building: (802) 372-4704
Allen House: (802) 372-5402(802) 796-3013
http://www.cipcc.org/

Early Education Services of Windham County
130 Birge Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-3742 / 800-427-3730
http://www.ees-vt.org/

The Family Center of Northwestern Vermont
103 Fisher Pond Road
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-6554
http://www.ncssinc.org/about-us/family-center

The Family Center of Washington County
383 Sherwood Drive
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 262-3292
http://www.fcwcvt.org/

The Family Place
319 US Route 5 South
Norwich, VT 05055
(802) 649-3268 / 800-639-0039
http://www.the-family-place.org/

Lamoille Family Center
480 Cady’s Fall Road
Morrisville, VT 05661
(802) 888-5229
http://www.lamoillefamilycenter.org/

The Lund Family Center
76 Glen Road
P.O. Box 4009
Burlington, VT 05406-4009
(802) -864-7467 / 800-639-1741
(800)-253-0191 (TDD/TTY)
http://www.lundvt.org/

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

Milton Family Community Center
23 Villemaire Lane
Milton, VT 05468-0619
(802) 893-1457 / (802) 893-6502
http://www.miltonfamilycenter.org/

NEKCA/Parent Child Center North
32 Central Street
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-4072 / (877) 722-6680

NEKCA/Parent Child Center South
115 Lincoln Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819-2449
(802) 748-6040

Orange County Parent Child Center
361 VT Route 110
Chelsea, VT 05038
(802) 685-2264 / 888-685-2264
http://www.orangecountypcc.org/

Rutland County Parent Child Center
61 Pleasant Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-9711

Springfield Area Parent Child Center
2 Main Street
North Springfield, VT 05150
(802) 886-5242
http://www.sapcc-vt.org/

Sunrise Family Resource Center
244 Union Street
P.O. Box 1517
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-6934
http://www.sunrisefamilyresourcecenter.com/

 

Child Development Division of the Vermont Department for Children and Families
103 South Main Street, 2 North
Waterbury, VT 05671
(802) 241-3110 / 800-649-2642
http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd

The Child Development Division is the state agency charged with improving the wellbeing of Vermont's children by ensuring safe, accessible and quality services are available for every child. The Division is organized into three program areas: Child Care - works to assure a statewide child care system that is child-centered and family-focused. The Division provides funding to enhance the quality, capacity and affordability of child care available to Vermont families. Prevention and Early Intervention-is responsible for all direct prevention and early intervention programs in the division including Children's Upstream Services Initiative (CUPS), Family, Infant and Toddler Program, Healthy Babies, Kids, and Families, and Success by Six. Communities and Partnerships- brings together funds and services that are designed to establish and support statewide, regional, and local partnerships which assist children and their families. Funds and services include, Parent Child Centers, Head Start Collaborative, Healthy Child Care Vermont funds and the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grant. CDD also assists partnerships through policy direction, licensing regulation, research, technical assistance, and information services.

 

Child Care Subsidy Program of the Department for Children and Families
Child Development Division
103 South Main Street 2-North
Waterbury, VT 05671-2901
(802) 241-3110
http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/child_care_financial_assistance

The Child Care Subsidy 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.

 

Vermont Early Childhood Alliance
http://www.vermontearlychildhoodalliance.org

The Vermont Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide coalition of early childhood professionals, parents, businesses and strategic partners working together to realize the promise of every Vermont child.

 

EARLY HEAD START
http://www.ehsnrc.org/

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. Early Head Start services are available in Washington, Orange, Lamoille, Windham, Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties. Services including education, training, health, nutrition, mental health, disabilities and social services are part of the Early Head Start program. Early Head Start services are available in the following areas:

Central Vermont Community Action Council Inc. (CVCAC)
20 Gable Place
Barre, VT
802-479-1053 / 800-639-1053
http://www.cvcac.org/

Brattleboro Town School District
[Early Education Services]
130 Birge Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-3742

Northeast Kingdom Community Action and Child and FamilyDevelopment (NEKCA)
70 Main Street
P.O. Box 346
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-7316
http://www.nekcavt.org/

 

HEAD START
Head Start is a comprehensive child and family development program available to income-eligible families with preschool children ages three to five. Head Start services are available in the following areas:

Brattleboro Town School District
[Early Education Services]
130 Birge Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-3742

Central Vermont Community Action Council Inc. (CVCAC)
20 Gable Place
Barre, VT
802-479-1053 / 800-639-1053
http://www.cvcac.org/

Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
191 North Street
P.O. Box 1603
Burlington, VT 05402
(802) 862-2771 / 800-287-7971
http://www.cvoeo.org/

Northeast Kingdom Community Action and Child and Family Development (NEKCA)
70 Main Street
P.O. Box 346
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-7316
http://www.nekcavt.org/

Rutland Mental Health Services, Inc.
78 S. Main Street
P.O. Box 222
Rutland, VT 05702
(802) 775-2381
http://www.rmhsccn.org/

Southeastern Vermont Community Action
91 Buck Drive
Westminster, VT 05158
(802) 722-4575 or 800-464-9951
http://www.sevca.org/

United Children's Services of Bennington County
100 Ledgehill Road
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-3686
http://www.firstgiving.combbbsvt/

 

Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity
18 Town Crier Drive
Brattleboro VT 05301
Phone:(802) 254-2972
http://www.vermontpartnership.org/

Website features "What Should Happen When Your Child Reports Harassment" brochure for download.

A division of ALANA Community Organization. The Partnership works to strengthen fairness and diversity in communities by eliminating prejudice and discrimination of all kinds. They help community members understand and advocate for their rights; educate communities on the realities and challenges of living in a world of differences; and teach skills people need in order to thrive. They provide information and recommendations to policy makers on issues that impact the quality of life for those who are most disenfranchised. Programs and services include:
* Harassment And Discrimination Complainant Services: assisting victims filing complaints in the areas of education, employment, housing, law enforcement, or public accommodations.
* Parent Advocate Program: provides information on state law, school policies/procedures and individualized support to parents/guardians on school-related issues.
* Strategies to Thrive!: Nurtures minority youth leadership development and post-secondary school scholarship aid research
* Multicultural Education Programs And Residencies: weave global studies through existing standards-based curriculum
* 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.

 

Voices for Vermont's Children
149 State Street
P.O. Box 261
Montpelier,VT 05601
(802) 229-6377
http://www.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

 

The Lund Family Center
76 Glen Road
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-7467 / 800-639-1741
(800)-253-0191 (TDD/TTY)
http://www.lundvt.org/

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.

 

Childcare Project
17 Lebanon Street, Suite. 2
Hanover NH 03755
603-646-3233 / 800-323-5446
http://www.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.

 

First Day Foundation
210 Main Street
P.O. Box 10
Bennington, VT 05201-0010
(802) 753-3005
http://www.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.

 

Vermont Children’s Trust Fund
19 Marble Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
888-475-5437
http://www.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.

 

Vermont Family Network
600 Blair Park Rd, Ste 240
Williston, VT 05495
800-800-4005
http://www.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.

 

On-line resource for Families from National Association for the Education of Young Children
http://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

 

VNA / Maternal Child Health Services
1110 Prim Road
Colchester, VT 05446
(802) 658-1900 / 800-427-1908
http://www.vnacares.org/