High-quality, affordable child care is very important. The most credible research science available confirms it. With a child’s brain developing rapidly within the first five years, it’s important to make smart investments in early learning opportunities, specifically from birth to three when pre-school programs are not available. My priorities—to grow the economy and make Vermont more affordable—work hand-in-hand with the initiatives we’ll design for working families and Vermonters with young children. As governor I will focus on attracting more families to our state. This will improve our economy, wages will rise, and there will be more Vermonters to share the burden of funding essential government services and investments in our future. My goal as governor will also include helping Vermont families keep more of their income and that the cost of doing business in Vermont decreases—this helps all parents and child care providers. We need to address this problem on multiple fronts. First, we can aggressively market Vermont and provide incentives to young people to move here to work and start a family. One of the best ways to do that is to ensure a robust network of high-quality and affordable child care. The second incentive to attract working families is to expand innovation and choices in education. Young families should look to every region of Vermont as having abundant educational opportunities for their children. Third, I will support the accountable implementation of Vermont’s universal pre-kindergarten law, Act 166, and build upon its likely successes. I think the law approaches the issue of affordable child care the right way by building public/private partnerships to ensure that children have the best possible opportunities and parents have choices. However, many questions have been raised about the equity of the law. I do not think it is enough and I will work with the legislature to craft reasonable and affordable solutions that prioritize early education without raising taxes.