Dreaming of opening up your own in-home preschool or child care but not sure where to start? Chances are, you will need a license to operate your child care or school and each state has its own licensing process to become an in-home childcare provider.

In Vermont, you must be Registered or Licensed to provide in-home care for children from more than two families other than your own children and to qualify for Vermont’s child care subsidy program. The State of Vermont Agency of Human Services, Department for Children and Families (DCF), Child Development Division (CDD) licenses and monitors registered family child care homes and licensed programs to make sure they provide safe and healthy environments for children and contribute to their development.

If you live in Vermont, we’ve put together a blog post series on everything you need to know about getting licensed:

In Vermont, there are two types of permits for Family Child Care: Registered Family Child Care Home and Licensed Family Child Care Home. Learn more about the Types of Licenses here.

To apply for a license, you’ll have to go through an orientation. The application will then require certain inspections and safety regulations. Read more about the in-depth Licensing Process here.

To be eligible for a license, you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate, pass a background check, and more. Read more about License Eligibility.

There are certain training requirements you will have to meet within the months of employment and beyond whether you want to become a provider, assistant, or substitute teacher. To learn more about Training Requirements for Licensing, click here.

Lastly, your home will have to meet certain requirements for you to receive a child care permit in Vermont. Learn more about the Home Requirements for Licensing.

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