Feb 08, 2017WDEV Vermont Conversation
David Goodman
he Vermont Business Roundtable, along with VBSR and others, released a report, Vermont’s Early Care and Learning Dividend, which details the return on investment that Vt stands to gain by increasing public investments in high-quality early care and learning programs. The report found that investing in a high-quality, affordable early care and learning system would yield net benefits to Vermont’s economy of $22 million a year. These benefits would continue to accrue over the working lifetime of the children receiving that care, totaling $1.3 billion over the next 60 years. This equates to a return of $3.08 for every dollar invested. Gov. Phil Scott has expressed support for investing in child are, but has proposed funding it by taking money from K-12 education, which the Legislature has nixed. Has the governor punted on child care? What’s the future for early childhood education in Vermont? (February 8, 2017 broadcast)
 
Guests: 
 
Robyn Freedner Maguire, campaign director, Let’s Grow Kids
 
Lisa Ventriss, president, Vermont Business  Roundtable
 
Kelly Klein, owner and CEO, of Groennfell Meadery, Colchester
 

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