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.
For most people who qualify for Reach Up in Vermont, there are no other time limits.
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.