Finding and Paying for Childcare

Governor Shumlin has made providing child care for low-income Vermonters a priority in his budget this year. That still leaves a lot of middle-income families who are struggling to find and afford someone to help look after their kids. We’ll explore the landscape of child care in Vermont.

Child care subsidy program gets stimulus boost

Federal stimulus money is flowing into Vermont to help low-income families keep their jobs. Almost $3 million will go toward subsidizing child care over the next two years. The money is targeted to low-income families.

Vermont’s Child Care Challenge

With 70 percent of Vermont’s young children in out-of-home care for at least part of the work week, high quality, affordable child care has become a key economic development issue for the state. We talk about it with child care advocate Melissa Riegel-Garrett and with Green Mountain Power President Mary Powell, the co-chair of Governor Douglas’s Building Bright Futures Council. And we visit a farm that’s weaning itself from fossil fuels.