In recognition of the essential role of child care programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the extreme difficulties that programs are facing in trying to recruit, retain, and support staff during this challenging time, the Legislature, Administration, and advocacy organizations worked together to create a workforce stabilization program. The Child Care Workforce Stabilization Program will send payments to child care programs to make one-time payments to current full and part-time staff who provided direct, in person care to children at any point from September 1 to December 30, 2020. Staff are defined here.
The Legislature allocated federal CARES Act funds for this purpose in early November. Because these funds must be spent by December 30, all applications for payments under this program must be submitted by November 29, payments will be distributed to programs in mid-December and must be paid to staff by December 30, 2020.
All applications will be considered, so please take the time to ensure that the application is complete, and you are including the full list of staff who have worked since September 1st or will be hired by December 30th.
Payments are intended to stabilize and support the regulated child care and designated Vermont Remote Learning Hub Site workforce. The total payment awarded to each program will be calculated after all applications have been processed, by determining the number of staff who are eligible compared to the available funds for this program.
To apply, you MUST:
- Be located in Vermont.
- Agree to provide the payments to your staff by December 30, 2020.
- Either be a:
- Currently open regulated child care program (e.g., center-based, Family Child Care Home, after school, public prekindergarten), or
- Have opened as a designated Vermont Remote Learning Hub Site and provided care to children.
Information about the program and information session are available on our website: https://dcf.vermont.gov/cc-workforce-stabilization
An optional virtual information session will be held on Friday, November 20th from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM. To join the virtual information session click this link on November 20th (no need to preregister). The information session will be recorded and available afterwards.