May 18, 2016WCAX
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - A new report says Vermont's kids are stalled at the start.
WCAX News has been investigating the shortage of child care in a series of special reports, and Wednesday morning at a conference in South Burlington, more information was released on the scope of the problem.
Let's Grow Kids says nearly 80 percent of Vermont's infants and toddlers don't have access to high-quality child care. The report says in some counties. that number is closer to 90 percent.
Vermont Birth to Five works directly with providers and says often, they hear people are burned out.
"It's a complicated path, I would say, for sure. Because not only do we have to be continuing to raise the quality, we have to get more providers and programs into the field, as well. We have to make it an economic system that works for folks," said Becky Gonyea, Vermont Birth to Five director.
She says there are short- and long-term steps that need to be taken, including policy changes and more funding.
She says there is some concern about new regulations, but that they're still working to figure out what those will mean for providers.