Reach Up is a program run by the Department for Children and Families (DCF). You have to have a child or children to get Reach Up. You can be single parent or a couple.
You can get money, child care help, health insurance, and help finding a job. You may also qualify for help to get a GED or go to college. If you can work, DCF will require you to get a job.
If you have not worked recently, your worker should help you prepare to get a job. How much you will be asked to work depends on your situation. You can read more about the Reach Up work requirement.
Apply for Reach Up:
- in person at your local DCF office
- by calling the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151 and requesting a paper application
- online on DCF's website
DCF used to be called PATH or DSW.
If you have had a job recently, you will have to look for another job right away. If you haven't worked recently, you will have to look for a job after 6 months on Reach Up.
Most states only let you get help like Reach Up for 5 years or less. The time you are on Reach Up in Vermont will count in other states.