child care

Tabetha Luhn: Affordable child care key to solving Vermont’s demographic challenge

An issue like affordable child care can severely impact where a young person chooses to begin establishing their career and life.

Chloe Leary: Imagine a community without services for families

All aspects of our community are strengthened when families are supported to be successful.

State boost for child care falls far short of need

Vermont’s $2.5 million in new child care spending doesn’t ensure that providers are paid market rates, say advocates. That would take a further $9 million.

As home-based day care dwindles, new rules not clear reason

Of the slightly more than half of child care operators who gave a reason for their closure during the first three-quarters of the fiscal year, only 2 percent cited new regulations.

Chloe Learey: Early care is a critical for economic development

People who do not have young children often ask me: “I don’t have kids. Why should I care about child care?”

Mayor Weinberger Announces Funding Plan for Early Learning Initiative

New program will expand high-quality child care opportunities for low-income children; Mayor’s FY18 budget will use existing sources to launch $500,000 annual investment intended to reduce future public spending; Investment will be rigorously evaluated and will seek to leverage additional partner funding.

Chloe Learey: Child care system subsidized by those who work in it

Teachers cannot afford to work in the field, and families cannot afford to pay the tuition.

Let’s Grow Kids Honors Five Vermonters as ‘Early Childhood Superheroes’

News Release — Lets Grow Kids May 1, 2017 Contact: Nicole Haley, 802.391.0545 or [email protected] Burlington, Vermont—Let’s Grow Kids has recognized five Vermonters as Early Childhood Superheroes for going above and beyond to help young children reach their full potential. The honorees include: · Hope Campbell, of Barnet, Director of Child Care Programs at Vermont […]

Funding woes prompt child care merger

Brattleboro-based Windham Child Care Association is ceasing operations and merging with another facility. The move comes after a change in state policy cost the association a contract.

Don Keelan: Let’s give back the $1.2 million

I would hope that I am not the only one who is bewildered by the recent announcement that Bennington’s United Counseling Services has been awarded a $1.2 million federal grant to provide child care services to families at risk in Bennington County.

Nicole Grenier: Child care struggles in Vermont

I have never known any parents, regardless of income, education or employment, who have not struggled to find openings at the best child care they could afford.

Chloe Learey: Early childhood education means business

Quality early care and education is a critical part of our economic development now and in the future.

New state rules push child care providers out of business

New regulations for child care providers that have been in place since September may have forced providers to close. Over a six-month period beginning at the end of May, 49 licensed child care centers were shuttered, while 47 new ones opened. Home child care programs fared much worse, with a net loss of 51 programs […]

Let’s Grow Kids Media Statement on Child Care Closures

News Release — Let’s Grow Kids Feb. 22, 2017 Contact: Nicole Haley, Communications Manager 802-391-0545 or [email protected] Vermont child care closures highlight need for increased investments in high-quality, affordable early care and learning programs February 22, 2017 By Robyn Freedner-Maguire, Let’s Grow Kids Campaign Director The recent closures of child care programs across the state […]