Policymakers made essential and historic investments in child care

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Policymakers made essential and historic investments in child care

Sat, 10/03/2020 - 9:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine While so many states have stayed silent on child care during the pandemic, Vermont recognized early on that there can be no recovery without child care. Let’s Grow Kids is grateful for the vision and leadership of our state officials from Governor Scott to our legislative champions who heeded the call of Vermonters that child care is essential.

Since March, Vermont allocated more than $50 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to support child care. In addition, child care received one of the biggest increases in state general fund dollars in the entire budget that Governor Phil Scott signed into law yesterday.

These investments have allowed our children to remain in safe and nurturing environments and families to remain employed. It is no wonder our economy is reopened and we are the state with the lowest number of COVID-19 cases.

We have much to be proud of and still so much more to do. Until our child care system is truly equitable, affordable, and sustainable for all families, we need to continue these important investments. 

All eyes are on Vermont to get this right and to finish the work we started. If we continue to work together, we know we’ll get there.

About Let’s Grow Kids
Let’s Grow Kids is on a mission: ensuring affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025. With over 30,000 supporters from all walks of life, Let’s Grow Kids is strengthening the early care and learning system today and calling for lasting investments in child care. Together, we can give children a strong start and build a better Vermont for generations to come. Join the movement at letsgrowkids.org.

Source: Burlington, Vermont — Let’s Grow Kids 10.3.2020