Approach to Public Policy Change
Ensuring affordable access to high-quality child care requires significant public policy change and substantial public investment. That’s why LGK is working with our supporters to effect change in the virtual state house, and at all levels of government.
• We work with early childhood champions within the state’s Legislature and Administration to generate political will among elected officials to create policy change that prioritizes Vermont’s children, families, and early educators.
• We collaborate with partners from the early childhood, business, education, and health care communities to inform our work and strengthen the movement.
• We support our community of volunteers to help them connect with their elected representatives, so they can tell their story about why investment in child care is a priority for Vermont.
Our policy work is in service of LGK’s mission: to ensure affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermonters by 2025.
When we’re successful, Vermont’s child care system will be:
◊ Child care capacity is expanded so that high- quality care is available to all children who need it.
◊ Vermont's universal prekindergarten program, one of the highest utilized publicly-funded pre-K programs in the nation, is protected.
◊ Employers – who have a vital stake in employees' access to high-quality, affordable care – are part of the solution.
◊ Vermont's Child Care Financial Assistance Program is transformed to make high-quality child care truly affordable so that no family pays more than 10% of their income for care.
◊ Early childhood educators are valued as the heart of a child's early education experience and essential to providing high-quality care. The early education workforce is skilled and stable because educators are well-compensated and well-supported with pathways to professional growth.
◊ The system is supported by a governance and regulatory structure that stewards public dollars and supports high-quality in child care.
2020 Legislative Recap
Like just about everything else this year, the 2020 Legislative Session was far from normal. The pandemic forced the Legislature to go virtual in March, and legislators worked deep into September to pass a budget and use federal funding to support Vermonters.
Because of our supporters, Vermonters and policy makers saw—more than ever before—that child care is essential to our children, families, economy, and recovery. In recognition of this truth, the Legislature and Administration took important steps in 2020 to avert catastrophe in the child care sector in Vermont using state and federal dollars. While we know more is needed to ensure an equitable and sustainable system into the future, these investments were crucial to support children, families, and early educators during this time. Take a look here for more detail on these investments, and stay tuned for more information on the 2021 legislative session!
what we’ve accomplished, and what we’re working toward
We have more to do to achieve the system Vermont needs, but we’ve made great strides in our work to ensure affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermonters. Take a look below to see some important recent accomplishments, and check back for our 2021 legislative priorities.
• Let’s Grow Kids 2021 Legislative Priorities – coming soon!
• An overview of the initiatives that became law in 2019, thanks to the efforts of our supporters and legislative champions
Want to get involved?
To achieve our mission and bring about the policy change Vermont’s child care system deserves, we need your help! Visit our Mobilize page to find out what actions you can take—big or small—to help us achieve our mission. Or reach out to our Policy Manager, Drake Turner, for more information.