Jul 25, 2016

 To the Blue Ribbon Commission:

My name is Jackie Kempton and I am the mother of two girls, living in Peacham, VT. I wanted to share with you my story about child care in hopes that this would better inform the state about the issues that Vermonters are facing with affordable childcare.

Jul 13, 2016

My family lives in Craftsbury where finding childcare has become a struggle for many families. Those of us in small towns have no access to large childcare centers and our registered home daycares have been forced to shut down due to expensive and sometimes ridiculous regulations set by the state. Our kids are bouncing from one caregiver to another because we both need to work.

Apr 11, 2016

We live in Bridport, Vermont and the school has no after school child care. Because of this, we have had to put our child in private school, paying a tuition we really cannot afford. We have no other option. I know other parents in the same situation who have had to completely change their work schedules to the detriment of their family life.

Apr 05, 2016

I am a single, divorced mother of 3.5 year old twins and work full-time in a high-responsibility job in mental health program administration. I make more money than I ever have in my life, but finding and paying for 2 full time child care spots for twins has been an enormous logistical and financial stressor. I have my children full-time and receive some child support, and my income plus child support are above the income cut-offs for subsidized care, but are not enough to pay for full-time care in any of the local centers. We currently manage with a nanny share with another family and I am embarrassed at how meager a salary we are able to pay our extraordinary provider, Ashley. She deserves so much more.

Apr 01, 2016

My name is Kate Anger. I recently had a beautiful baby boy and couldn't be happier! However, the impending cost of child care has had my family struggling to figure out what to do. I work in the human services and my husband is a para educator. Combined we make enough to put us right over the income limit for child care assistance.

Mar 17, 2015

My boyfriend and I work hard. He is a foreman on a construction sight. I am a part time waitress, and I clean the daycare and help out with some of the errands to help pay the cost of my child care. I could be getting state funding because we are not married, but we do not want to rely on anyone. We also feel that there are people out there that truly need that assistance.

Dec 02, 2014

During the Christmas season, when my daughter was 2 years old, it was very hard for her to understand getting presents under the tree. She just wanted more and more, didn't take time to see the gifts she had already received, and could not wait while other people opened presents. The GET GET GET was just too much and resulted in screaming, demanding and a stressful tree time experience.

Nov 19, 2014

My son attended Round Hill Kids Childcare Center in North Hyde Park, VT from the age of 10 months until he entered kindergarten in 2013. His experience there gave him a lot of the tools he needed to be successful in school (and in life).

Aug 28, 2014

My son had a very exciting first day of kindergarten! He was actually ready to go the day before school started! My goal has always been for him to enjoy everything about education and learning—from the many different ways we learn, to embracing new ideas—all while being open minded and respectful. He came from a strong preschool environment that taught a lot of this, and which I attribute as a significant factor in him having the confidence and core competencies to transition to elementary school successfully.

Aug 28, 2014

Gabriel started kindergarten at Newport City Elementary yesterday, and this is what he said, "Mommy do you have to come with me? Can you just drop me off? It's ok ... really, I've got this." He actually requested that I NOT stand in line with him to bring him to his teacher.