Mar 01, 2016Rutland Herald
Jenna Laslow

I am writing to express my worry about the financial struggles that families face when paying for quality child care for the youngest Vermonters.

I believe that my family situation is similar to many others. In August, I stopped teaching preschool so that I could stay home with my own two children, then 5 months and 3 years old. I was paying about 40 to 50 percent of my income for child care and was traveling an hour each way to work. On top of that, even though my children were enrolled in a registered home child care, I did not feel it was quality child care. There were several children in care with one adult and my 3-year-old came home begging for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and water every day.

Quality child care is hard to find and expensive. Child-care workers often do not make enough money either. I believe we need to work together to ensure all families in Vermont have access to quality, affordable child care and that child care is affordable for providers, too. Let’s Grow Kids, a statewide public education campaign, is working to raise awareness about these same issues in order to create positive change for Vermont’s children. I urge others to check out www.letsgrowkids.org so that we can all work to help all Vermont families in need of quality child care.

JENNA LASLOW

Rutland Town

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