Local & National Resources

There are many wonderful organizations and people who are passionate about early childhood care and are actively working to ensure better outcomes for all. Thankfully in today’s digital era, sharing resources has become simpler, saving you time and giving you access to more information, ideas and hope. We have compiled this extensive, though not exhaustive list of common, useful and trusted resources for families, child care providers and communities at large.

We hope you will let us know via our Contact Us form if you discover and utilize other local and national resources so that we can update our list to share with a larger audience.

Comprehensive Programs and Services

Building Bright Futures – Serves a dual role as both the Vermont Early Childhood Advisory Council and 501 (c) 3 statewide governance body for the early childhood system, aligning the work at the state level with the work of 12 regional councils across Vermont to make improvements in access, quality and affordability of early care, health and education for families and young children 0-6.

Bright Futures Information System – Information about child care and services available such as finding child care, applying online to become a registered child care provider and child care trainings.

Parent/Child Centers – Vermont has 15 parent child centers that provide a variety of supports and services for families and child care providers.

Resource and Referral Agencies – There are 12 child care resource and referral (R&R) agencies throughout Vermont. They offer child care support services to providers and parents.

Vermont Birth to Five  – A statewide approach to improving care for Vermont’s youngest by supporting child care providers and families. Staff offer programs and services that include outreach and education, financial support and incentives, and a path for achieving quality through collaboration with local and regional organizations and state agencies.

Child Care Profession

Child Development Division/Licensing – State of Vermont licensing regulations for all program types.

Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children – VAEYC is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s largest membership organization of early childhood professionals. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving the quality of care and education, improving the professional practice of early childhood professionals and building public understanding and support for high-quality early childhood programs.

Vermont Child Care Providers Association – Statewide professional organization that offers peer support, information and resources to child care providers.

Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center – Professional development and career planning for early childhood and after school professionals.


Child Development Division/Financial Assistance – State of Vermont information on how to apply for financial assistance for child care, a payment that helps eligible families with the cost of child care.

Vermont Community Loan Fund – Creates opportunities that lead to healthy communities and financial stability for all Vermonters. Vermont Community Loan Fund  provides loans, grants and supporting services for affordable housing, local businesses, child care providers and community organizations.

Economic Services Division – Programs through the Vermont Department for Children and Families helping Vermonters meet their basic needs such as 3squaresVT, Fuel assistance and Reach up.

Head Start – National child development programs which provide comprehensive developmental services for eligible families.

Vermont Community Foundation – Established in 1986 as a permanent source of support for the state, the Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations created by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. They provide the advice, investment vehicles and back-office expertise to make your giving easy and inspiring.

Health & Safety

ChooseMyPlate.gov – A project of The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), an organization of the US Department of Agriculture, which was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Topics and resource include choosing food groups, weight management, physical activity and healthy eating tips.

Ellyn Satter Institute  – An online resource providing self-tutorials on eating and feeding, eating and feeding articles and research, newsletters and success stories from parents.

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont – Promotes and supports healthy relationships within families, schools and communities to eliminate child abuse. If you have a question about child abuse and/or neglect call 1-800-CHILDREN. If you need to report child abuse or neglect call 1-800-649-5285.

Vermont Poison Prevention – Information about how to make your home safer, product safety and other related topics.

WIC – A Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program that helps pregnant women, new moms, infants and children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy.

Child Development Research, Best Practices and Activities

Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University – A research institution that leverages rapidly growing knowledge about the developing brain to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.

Born Learning  – Born Learning is a public engagement campaign by the United Way that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.

Parenting Counts – Parenting Counts is the research-based family of products developed by Talaris Institute to support parents and caregivers in raising socially- and emotionally-healthy children.

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families – a national nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and the know-how to nurture early development.


Let’s Grow Kids – Let’s Grow Kids, a statewide public education campaign, aims to raise understanding of the importance of the earliest years in the lives of Vermont’s children.

ReadyNation, a Project of Council for a Strong America – A partnership of business leaders in support of early childhood policies that strengthen our economy and workforce.

Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance – A statewide coalition of early childhood professionals, parents, businesses and strategic partners working together to realize the promise of every Vermont child by improving public policies.