What we have come to learn is that care is education in these early years, whether we are intentional about it or not.
The state’s patchwork child care solution still leaves plenty of families in the lurch, many of whom are balking at paying for care they once received for free through their public schools.
The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor called his platform, which includes roughly 60 proposals, a ‘blueprint’ for making the state ‘a better place to live.’
With just a week to go before schools start, officials says they have so far expanded child care programs in eight counties.
Some regulations will be eased to expand the system quickly, including setting up regional child care hubs for students on remote learning days.
Vermont has a unique opportunity to reimagine the future.
Fundamentally, we are learning about the importance of trusting each other and communicating when issues and questions arise, and to stay flexible in the face of the continued unknown.
We can open safely and advocate for ongoing investment in a child care system for the future that is stronger, more equitable, and more sustainable.
Only half of Vermont’s child care providers opened this week, as low enrollment and new expenses further squeeze the facilities.
We either need to increase tuition, increase fundraising, or find other ways to support the industry, since child care is a critical piece of infrastructure for many other businesses to function.
The new guidance caps capacity at child care facilities to no more than 25 children and teachers, total, in a single room.
But with limits on large gatherings in place, schools should not plan for traditional graduation ceremonies by the end of the school year, the education secretary announced.
Families — including those affected by joblessness — are being asked to pay 50% of the tuition they were paying before facilities closed if they want to keep their spots in a program.
The state will pay child care providers for lost tuition if they continue to pay their workers, and will pay a bonus to providers caring for the children of essential workers.