Need help paying for child care?
Your child may qualify for the First Steps Scholarship.
First Steps helps Burlington families pay for high-quality child care. Qualifying families are awarded scholarship funds that will go directly toward your childcare tuition payment, along with help to secure additional state support.
First Steps supports low-income Burlington families both find and afford high-quality child care
We work directly with families to find care at partner programs in the area - both in and outside the City
Programs must be high-quality or 4 or 5 STARs
Families can qualify for this scholarship if they are new to care or already enrolled somewhere - both at center and home-based child care programs
Who Can Apply?
To qualify for the scholarship your child must:
Be a Burlington resident
Be at least 8 weeks old at the time of enrollment and younger than 3 years of age by September 1st (and not yet age eligible for Vermont’s Universal Prekindergarten funding)
Be looking for full-time care
Be either currently enrolled at a First Steps approved partner program and eligible for the state’s Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP) or be willing to apply for CCFAP (we will assist) if newly entering child care
Family household income must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) - See chart below:
How to Apply
Do you meet these requirements? Apply today to get started. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and child placements are made on a rolling basis based on available space. Apply online or print the application and mail in to:
City of Burlington c/o Rebecca Reese
131 Church Street, Suite #209
Burlington, VT 05401
Call or email Rebecca Reese at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-865-7533
Current Childcare Centers with First Steps Children
To receive a First Steps scholarship your child must attend a participating partner program. If you’d like to attend a program that is not listed, we will reach out to other qualifying* providers on your behalf.
*Programs must be high-quality or 4 or 5 STARs.
- Burlington Children’s Space
- Pine Forest Children’s Center
- Robin's Nest Children’s Center
- Next Generation - Burlington
- ONE Arts Community School – Burlington
- Frog and Toad Child Care and Learning Center
- Heartworks – Burlington
- Trinity Children’s Center
- Full Circle Preschool
Outside of Burlington:
- ONE Arts Community School – Colchester
- Little Lakers Academy
- Ascension Childcare Inc
- Heartworks – Williston
- The Edge Kids and Fitness
- Little One’s University
- Lund Child Care
- Carolyn’s Red Balloon
- Pitter Patter Childcare Center