This post is a part of our series on Vermont family child care licensing. For more on licensing in Vermont, see the following posts:

Vermont Family Child Care Licensing: An Overview
Types of Licenses
The Licensing Process
Training Requirements
Home Requirements

If you’re planning to open an in-home preschool in Vermont, you will have to meet certain eligibility requirements. These requirements will differ slightly depending on the type of license you’ll be applying for.

General Requirements for the Family Child Care Provider and Staff

Health Requirements

The Family Child Care Provider (FCCP), staff, and partner staff shall be healthy and physically able to perform their caregiving responsibilities. The FCCP, staff, and partner staff who are incapacitated by illness, extreme fatigue or any condition that limits their ability to safely work with children shall not do so until their condition is improved. The FCCP, staff, and partner staff shall follow the exclusion policies as set forth in the Signs and Symptoms Illness Chart related to contagious illness, (See Appendix A).

Background Checks and Appropriate Clearance

The FCCP shall ensure that all new staff and any new individual with unsupervised access to children in the FCCH submit a Records Check Authorization form to the Division and shall submit to fingerprinting at a location designated by the Division after having received the Fingerprinting Authorization Certificate by the Division.

Qualifications and Experience for Registered Family Child Care Provider

A Registered FCCP that operates a registered FCCH shall ensure and maintain documentation that he/she is at least 18 years of age, is a high school graduate or has completed a GED, and meets or exceeds one of the following qualifications prior to licensure or within 12 months of initial licensure:

  • At least a Vermont Early Childhood Career Ladder Level One Certificate or higher; or
  • At least successful completion of the Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals’ course; or
  • At least a current CDA (Child Development Association Credential) from the National Council for Professional Recognition); or
  • At least a Child Care Certificate from Community College of Vermont; or
  • At least successful completion of 12 college credits in content consistent with the core knowledge areas identified by NLCDC.

Qualifications and Experience for Licensed Family Child Care Provider

The licensed FCCP that operates a licensed FCCH shall ensure and maintain documentation that he/she is at 18 years of age, is a high school graduate or has completed a GED, and meets or exceeds one of the following qualifications:

  • At least a Vermont Early Childhood Career Ladder Level Two or Level Three A Certificate; or
  • At least a current CDA (Child Development Associate Credential) from the National Council for Professional Recognition and 12 months experience working with groups of children grade three or younger; or
  • At least a Child Care Certificate from Community College of Vermont and 12 months experience working with groups of children grade three or younger; or
  • At least a Certificate of Completion from the Vermont Registered Child Care Apprenticeship Program; or
  • At least successful completion of 12 college credits in content consistent with the core knowledge areas identified by Northern Lights Career Development Center (NLCDC) and 12 months experience working with groups of children grade three or younger.

Family Child Care Assistant

The FCCP shall ensure and maintain documentation that each Family Child Care Assistant is 18 years of age and meets or exceeds one of the following qualifications:

  • At least is a high school graduate or has completed a GED and the Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals’ course within the first 12 months of employment; or
  • At least is a high school graduate or has completed a GED and has successfully completed at least three college credits in content consistent with the core knowledge areas identified by NLCDC within the first 12 months of employment; or
  • At least is enrolled in or is a high school graduate and graduate from a State Board of Education approved Human Services Certificate Program that emphasizes child development or early childhood education.

Classroom Aide

A classroom aide is at least 18 years of age, is able to comprehend basic written format, and meets one of the following qualifications:

  • At least a high school graduate or has completed a GED and completes the Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals’ course or the Vermont Afterschool Essentials Certificate within the first twelve (12) months of employment; or
  • At least a high school graduate or has completed a GED and successful completion of three college credits in content consistent with the core knowledge areas identified by NLCDC within the 12 months of employment.

Trainee

The FCCP shall ensure and maintain documentation that a trainee is able to comprehend basic written format, and meets one of the following qualifications:

  • Is 17 years of age and enrolled in a State Board of Education approved Human Services Certificate Program that emphasizes child development or early childhood education;
  • Is 17 years of age and a graduate from a State Board of Education approved Human Services Certificate Program that emphasizes child development or early childhood education; or
  • Is 18 years of age and enrolled in a State Board of Education approved Human Services Certificate Program that emphasizes child development or early childhood education.

Substitute

A substitute is at least 18 years of age, is able to comprehend basic written format, and is a high school graduate or has completed a GED.

Sources: Child Care Licensing Regulations: Registered and Licensed Family Child Care Homes

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