GROWING VERMONT’S KIDS
A Policy Vision for Vermont’s Early Care & Learning System
Let’s Grow Kids believes that, as a state, we have allocated too few resources to supporting our youngest children, their families and the critical early childhood professionals who provide quality early care and learning programming.
SYSTEM BUILDING BLOCKS:
Supporting child and family needs
Strengthening and growing our early childhood workforce
Governance and administration
These five core components can help to ensure that the early care and learning system leverages existing knowledge, builds off best practices for early childhood development, addresses the needs of Vermont families and recognizes the critical role that our state’s early childhood professionals play in the lives of our children and our economy. Read more.
The best opportunity to prepare our children for success in life is during their first years, when the brain is developing most rapidly. During this time, a child’s brain forms more than one million new neural connections every second.
For 21,550 Vermont children age 5 and under who have all of their parents in the labor force, quality early care and learning programs play an important role in their early development.