Vermont Afterschool, along with key partners at the Vermont Department for Children and Families and Let’s Grow Kids, recently coordinated Governor Phil Scott’s Fall 2020 directive to increase school-age child care for K-6 youth on remote learning days.
In addition to identifying regional “hubs” of out-of-school time and licensed afterschool programs that could provide full-day care for school-age youth on remote learning days, Vermont Afterschool also identified new locations, rec programs, child care centers, and partners to accommodate the increased need for school-age care.
The state directed $12 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to increase the capacity of the school-age child care system in Vermont. This expansion supported thousands of children and youth in grades K-6 who need a safe place to be during remote school learning days, not to mention peace of mind for working families who need the care.
Approximately $6.9 million of the funding was used to create regional child care hubs for remote learning days and almost $5 million is for expanding the Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP). The money set aside for the school-age programs covered start-up and expansion costs but not tuition for children. All programs adhered to COVID health and safety guidance issued by the Vermont Department of Health. The governor’s order also lifted restrictions on home-based care providers, allowing them to be reimbursed for more than four hours of childcare.
The Hubs program closed out at the end of December 2020 (when federal coronavirus relief funds concluded) and no new applications for sites are being accepted.
School-age Hubs Locations
The map below shows the locations of the organizations that were set up to serve Vermont’s K-6 students on remote learning days.
Hover over any of the black squares (these are the “hubs,” or main organization funded by the grant) for basic information and click on them for more details. Hover over or click on any of the gray circle “spokes” for information about each of their individual site locations. Click on the checkboxes on the legend to turn map layers on and off. Use the filters on the right (or bottom, for mobile view) or the search icon at the bottom to find hubs and sites in specific locations. Use the zoom controls to explore particular areas in more detail.