child care

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 […]

Report predicts big financial return on child care expansion

A new report finds that expanding and investing in high-quality child care and early education would be an economic boon to the state. For every dollar Vermont spends on such programs, the state could reap $3.08 back, according to a report by the Vermont Business Roundtable’s Research and Education Foundation. The paper lays out what […]

Vermont Early Childhood Business Council Event Highlights Need to Invest in High-Quality, Affordable Early Care and Learning

News Release — Early Childhood Business Council February 2, 2017 Contact: Rebecca Copans, (802) 922-3452 or [email protected] Montpelier, Vermont — About 56 Vermont employers, representing nearly 20,000 employees from across the state, gathered at the Capital Plaza Hotel yesterday (Feb.1) for the launch of Vermont’s Early Childhood Business Council. The event, which included remarks by […]

Scott Woodward: Investing in affordable child care

As Gov. Scott so aptly described in his recent inaugural address, addressing our state’s shortage of high-quality, affordable child care is very much a part of resolving Vermont’s overall affordability issues.

Islene Runningdeer: A win-win idea for moms and kids

I wish that I had been guided and supported when I was a young mother.

Faye Longo: One car repair away from disaster

I have worked hard all my life to pull myself out of the cycle of poverty and I will not willingly go back on public assistance if I can help it!

Matt Levin: Vermont’s child care puzzle

Vermont’s “mixed delivery system” of child care and early learning providers includes small and large private providers, home and center-based programs, and school-based programs.

Bill Schubart: Prevention is the best investment

We know the “ounce of prevention” axiom but too often fail to observe it under the pressure of balancing budgets or absent courageous leadership.

Alan Guttmacher: Child care a necessary and wise investment

This report makes one thing clear: Investing in the early years is a social and economic imperative for Vermont.

Study recommends state move toward universal early child care

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care says high quality child care for all the state’s children up to age 5 could cost up to $766 million. It suggests incremental investment with a goal of changing the delivery system.

Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care Completes Report

News Release — Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care December 9, 2016 For questions and media inquiries, please contact: Charlotte Ancel, Commission Chair Green Mountain Power VP, Power Supply & General Counsel [email protected] 802-777-7800 Sarah Squirrell, Commission Member Building Bright Futures Executive Director [email protected] 802-876-5010 Reeva Murphy, Commission Member DCF – […]

New Child Care Center to Open in Montpelier

News Release — Heartworks & Renaissance Schools Nov. 30,2016 Contact: Andrea Beam Director of Finance, Administration, & HR Heartworks & Renaissance Schools (802) 951-1826 www.heartworksvt.com Parents seeking high-quality, affordable child care in Central Vermont will soon have a new option to consider: the Loveworks Child Care Center. Loveworks, the newest branch of the Heartworks Preschools […]

John Wilking: Candidates, what will you do to solve Vermont’s child care challenge?

Having an adequate supply of quality child care is an economic imperative that we cannot ignore any longer.