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.
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.
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.