Parenting Through COVID

Your parenting resource list.

Vermont Parent Resources

Act 264 Parent Representative:

If you are the parent or caregiver to a child with a physical, emotional or learning disability AND they receive services from both the Agency of Human Services (AHS) and Agency of Education (AOE), you are eligible for this program to help coordinate your child’s care. | Visit Website

Department of Children and Families Benefits Services

Visit this website to learn more about statewide benefits offered through Vermont’s Department of Children and Families.  | Visit Website

Department of Children and Families: Childcare Resources

Visit this webpage to learn more about Statewide support systems offering childcare support services. | Visit Website

Department of Children and Families: Developmental Services

Visit this webpage to to learn about statewide Children’s Integrated Services, specialized childcare, and resources to help understand your child’s developmental stages. | Visit Website

Visit the Vermont Department of Health website for general information on vaccines and immunizations for children. | Visit Website

See this page for information specific to COVID-19, including how to set up a vaccine appointment for your child

The health and wellness of Vermont’s women, children and families is a foundation for the health of all Vermonters. The Division of Maternal and Child Health carries out this vision with programming across the life course: before, during and after pregnancy, and throughout infancy, early childhood and the school years, with an emphasis on adolescents and young adults. Visit these resources at Children, Youth & Families on Website.

Find an Agency Near You

Map with links to Vermont agenies | Visit Website

Find & Go Seek

An insider’s guide to kid-friendly activities and events in Vermont. | Visit Website

Kids VT

County-by-county information about local events, playgroups, classes, summer camps, etc. | Visit Website

Let’s Grow Kids

A Vermont resource about child care | Visit Website

Parent Child Centers

Fifteen centers across the state that help families make sure children get off to a healthy start. | Visit Website

Vermont Federation for Children and Families

The Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health exists to support families and children where a child or youth, age 0-22, is experiencing or at risk to experience emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges.

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Parent Up

A resource to help parents to talk with their teens about drug and alcohol use. | Visit Website

Prevent Child Abuse VT – Parents’ Helpline

A support team is available to provide a listening ear, resources and referrals. It is available Monday to Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Call 1-800-244-5373 or (802) 229-5724 or email | Visit Website


Visit this page on the Vermont Department of Children & Families website to learn more about Reachup, a statewide program offering career development and employment support for parents of minor children. Eligible participants will receive case management, financial assistance, and employment support services. | Visit Website

Vermont Family Network

Promotes the health, education and well-being of all children, with a focus on those with special needs. | Visit Website

Vermont Parent’s Home Companion & Resource Directory

A parenting guide & resource directory published by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. | Visit Website

UVM Vermont Center for youth and families

Vermont family based approach. | Visit Website

Vermont Family Network

The mission of Vermont Family Network is to empower and support all Vermont children, youth, and families, especially those with disabilities or special health needs. | Visit Website

National Parent Resources

Child Welfare Information Gateway

United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. | Visit Website

Child Care Resources for Parents 

To Voice a Concern about Child Care in Vermont 

Contact the Child Care Consumer Line. with the Department for Children and Families.

Search for Quality Child Care Online

Visit Bright Futures Child Care Information System (BFIS).  This website allows parents to search the regulated child care database to locate providers throughout Vermont.

Get Help in Your Area Finding Quality Child Care

Your Community Child Care Support Agency has Child Care Referral Specialist that can help you find child care and/or answer questions about child care in your area. You can submit this online request for referrals form to have your local referral specialist to contact you.

Paying for Quality Child Care

Child care expenses are an issue to families within a wide range of income levels.  The Child Care Financial Assistance Program has information on child care financial assistance (subsidy) and tax credits you may be eligible for.

Child Tax Benefits

There are several federal and state tax credits that may reduce the amount of taxes you owe.  See which child tax benefits you may be eligible for.

Use the STARS Program to Find a Quality Child Care Provider

The STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) is Vermont’s quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs. Go to the STARS website to find a participating provider near you.

Regulations for Child Care Programs

Click here to learn more about different regulations for home and centered based providers.

Tipsheets and Information

Rise Magazine

A magazine written by parents who have faced the child welfare system in their own lives. | Visit Website

Tipsheets for Parents

Tips published by the Children’s Bureau, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. | Visit Website

What should I look for

Signs & Symptoms of Mental Health Problems in Children during COVID | View/download PDF

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Tips to help families adapt to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19. | Visit Website

Single Parenting During COVID tip-sheet

Strategies for managing when you’re going it alone. | Visit Website

Helping Children Cope with Grief 

Parents, caregivers and educators wondering how they can help will find many answers to their questions in the following guide, which has been assembled with advice from several experts in the area of child and adolescent grief. | Read Guide

Psychological First Aid

Parent tip-sheets by age brackets (coping with disasters) | View/download PDF

Tips for Families

The following resources offer tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions | Visit Website

PBS for Parents

“How to talk to your kids about COVID” | Visit Website

Teenagers and Their Mental Health

Guidance for teenagers on staying steady in the turmoil of the pandemic. | Visit Webite

Re-Entry Resources for Parents

Supporting your child’s mental health as they return to school during COVID-19

How parents can help their children navigate their feelings during school reopenings. | Visit Website

Back to School Resources

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