FAQ

What does the Vermont STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) rating mean?

One-star programs are programs that have a full license based on the appropriate child care licensing regulations.

Two-star programs (1 - 4 points) are making a commitment to strengthen their practices. They may have made some progress in many areas or more progress in one or two areas.

Three-star programs (5 - 8 points) have made improvements and are working to reach specific goals. They have either made substantial progress in two or three areas or have made some improvements across all five areas.

Four-star programs (9 -11 points) are established programs that have met several standards of quality in all five areas. Many four-star programs are also nationally accredited.

Five-star programs (12-14 points) are outstanding in all five areas. Many five-star programs are also nationally accredited.

https://dcf.vermont.gov/childcare/parents/stars

What does a quality child care program look like? 

What is Universal PreK or Act 166?

Regardless of parental income or circumstance, Vermont Act 166 mandates funding for 10 hours of Universal Pre-K for all 3, 4 and 5-year-olds (not yet enrolled in Kindergarten) in a prequalified program for 35 weeks during the school year. Pre-kindergarten services can be provided in public schools and community based child care programs that adhere to early education standards.

https://education.vermont.gov/student-support/early-education/universal-prekindergarten-act-166

https://education.vermont.gov/documents/2020-2021-public-and-private-prekindergarten-providers-list-and-prequalification-status

What do I do if my child has special needs?

What does Building Bright Futures do?

Building Bright Futures (BBF) is Vermont’s early childhood public-private partnership established by law to monitor the state’s early care, health and education systems and to advise the Administration and Legislature on early childhood policy

https://buildingbrightfutures.org/

https://buildingbrightfutures.org/what-we-do/how-are-vermonts-young-children-families-report/