"I support prioritizing children and increasing public investments in high-quality, affordable child care to ensure every Vermont child has a strong start."
According to the Census Bureau, 7 out of 10 Vermont children under age 6 have all available parents in the labor force, meaning they’re likely to need child care in order to go to work. Yet, Vermont is experiencing a severe shortage of child care, which negatively impacts all levels of society—from the state’s children and working families to its businesses and economy:
- Talented employees (most frequently women) are forced to leave their careers.
- Special education costs are climbing.
- Health care costs continue to rise.
- Many families cannot afford the cost of living in Vermont, causing our population to decline.
CHILD CARE IS THE LINCHPIN
Multiple studies have shown that access to high-quality child care is a key economic driver:
- Working parents can retain their jobs, preserving their financial stability.
- Businesses experiences greater productivity and retention of employees.
- New families are attracted to live where they can access high-quality child care.
- Children experience greater success in school and careers, and have better lifelong health.
- Statewide costs in special education, health care, social welfare and corrections decrease.