Strengthening Families Child Care provides grants to 40 community child care programs throughout Vermont to ensure affordable access to high quality comprehensive early care and education and afterschool programs for children and families challenged by economic instability and other environmental risk factors.
Who We Serve
These grants serve:
Children/families eligible for and participating in the CDD Child Care Financial Assistance Program (at least 25% of enrolled children).
Children/families who are receiving specialized child care services: including children with an open case with the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families (including foster children), children in families participating in Reach Up, refugee children and teen parents.
How We Impact
The following impacts on intended by these grants:
Documented use of the Center for Social Policy Strengthening Families Program Assessment tool through submission of outcomes and related program plan.
Continuity of care improves as measured by attendance records and compared to participants in CCFAP including specialized care in other non Strengthening Families programs.
70% of parents report positive family experiences (protective factors) as part of their overall experience of having an enrolled child in the program.
Economic Services administers several public benefits that help Vermonters meet their basic needs. Those benefits include - Reach Up, 3SquaresVT, Essential Person, Fuel Assistance and Lifeline.
Who We Serve
Economic Services helps to put three health meals on folks tables every day, helps with a heating crisis during the winter months, helps individuals and families with emergency basic needs, helps people to pay part of their home heating bills, helps provide supports to households with dependent children and helps people to afford phone services.