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Child Care is Essential to our Children, Families, Economy, and Recovery. Now, more than ever.
3 out of 5 of Vermont's yougest children don't have access to the child care they need.

The first years of a child’s life form a bedrock of experience and learning that shapes future health, happiness and capacity for success. Those years only happen once.

The early years are essential

From birth to age five, children’s brains are developing rapidly, forming over 1 million new neural connections every second, establishing the social, emotional, and academic foundation they will build upon over the course of their lives. All children should have access to positive early learning experiences that will set them up for long-term success and wellness. Equity is based on access, experiences, and outcomes for all.

Too many kids are missing out

Even before the pandemic, over 61% of Vermont’s youngest children didn’t have access to the child care they need—either because they can’t find it or they can’t afford it, or both. That means too many kids are missing out on a strong start in life.

WE ARE MAKING CHANGE

Our mission is to ensure equitable, affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025. Since we’ve started, investments in early education have increased and more Vermont families have access to high-quality child care. But our job is not done.

WITH YOUR SUPPORT

We can create long-term change that will ensure that all of Vermont’s children have the opportunity to succeed individually so that we can thrive together.

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Stories From Your Neighbors

I always knew that I wanted to work with young children. Since I can remember I’ve just known I wanted to be an early childhood educator. I was always that one kid in high school that… Full Story
I started looking for child care ONE YEAR before I would need it and I’m still looking. In January of 2019, very shortly after discovering I was pregnant, I started calling around… Full Story
As a single mom, affording child care has been a constant struggle. Having grown up in poverty, it’s very important to me to work and give back to my community. I receive assistance… Full Story
Throughout my entire pregnancy, my husband and I searched for a child care opening that could accept an infant. We felt a sense of panic and regret that the solutions available to our parents’ generation are no longer practical. Full Story