About 13,000 Vermont Infants & Toddlers are Likely to Need Child Care
According to the latest population estimates from the Vermont Department of Health, there are 18,247 children under age 3 in Vermont (infants and toddlers).
The US Census Bureau estimates that more than 70% of Vermont children under age 6 have all of their parents in the labor force, meaning that they're likely to need some form of child care. Looking at children under age 3, this equals approximately 12,846 infants and toddlers.
Vermont Families Need High-Quality, Affordable Child Care
Times have changed and, these days, most families in Vermont have to depend on two incomes in order to make ends meet.
A stable child care situation allows working parents to retain their jobs and be productive at work. Lack of reliable child care has been shown to cause absenteeism and reduce productivity in the workplace.
Vermont’s Economy Needs High-Quality, Affordable Child Care
High-quality, affordable child care is good for Vermont’s businesses and economy:
- It allows working parents to keep their jobs, which means less turnover for their employers.
- A strong child care system is an attractive reason for new young families to move to Vermont, increasing our workforce and revenue base.
- Today’s children are our future workforce, policymakers and community members. Studies have shown that children who have access to high-quality child care have better health, social skills, thinking skills and success in school.
- High-quality child care also reduces social costs in special education, health care and corrections.
High-Quality is a Smart Investment
Science tells us that the first years, when the brain is developing most rapidly, are the most critical time for healthy development. About 90% of the brain is developed by age 5, and a child's earliest experiences are literally built into the brain (click here to learn more).
Studies have shown that high-quality early experiences yield the best outcomes for development. The quality of a child's environment, relationships with adults, learning opportunities and social interactions has a direct impact on future success in relationships, school and life. Click here to learn more about why high-quality matters in child care.