Lack of Accessibility

The need for child care is a reality for a majority of Vermont families with young children.

More than 70% of Vermont children under age 6 have all of their parents in the workforce, meaning they're likely to need some form of child care. Yet, when it comes to the availability of child care for infants and toddlers, Vermont’s supply of regulated programs is limited—especially when you look specifically at high-quality programs.

THE SUPPLY: Providers in Vermont have about 6,800 slots available for infants and toddlers. Of those slots, only 2,700 are at high-quality programs.

THE DEMAND: About 13,000 Vermont infants and toddlers are likely to need child care (LTNC).

THE MATH:

  • 47% of Vermont infants and toddlers LTNC do not have access to any regulated child care.
     
  • 79% of Vermont infants and toddlers LTNC do not have access to high-quality programs.

The numbers are even more alarming when you look at accessibility for infants alone:

  • 61% of infants LTNC don't have access to any regulated programs.
     
  • 85% of infants LTNC don't have access to high-quality programs.

Drilling down to the county level, in some areas up to 98% of infants LTNC do not have access to high-quality, regulated programs. Read our Stalled at the Start report for a county-by-county breakdown, a deeper dive into the statistics above and a detailed description of how we determined these numbers.