a brighter future for Vermont
Affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont children is ESSENTIAL to healthy children, strong families, a robust workforce, a resilient economy, and a more just and equitable society for us all.
Together, we can build a brighter future for Vermont.
Because of child care champions like YOU, the 2021-2022 legislative biennium was a huge success for Vermont’s child care system. Thank you for being a child care champion – you are the reason we’ve never been closer to solving Vermont’s child care crisis!
For the first time in Vermont’s history, the pieces are in place to make long-term public investments in our state’s child care system that will revitalize our economy, support our children, families, and early childhood educators, and shape future generations.
Learn more about the 2023 Child Care Solution
We cannot miss this opportunity in 2023...
The 2023 Child Care Solution builds on decades of child care advocacy in Vermont. In 2023, our goal is to pass a bill that funds a quality, affordable child care system that supports our children, families, and early childhood educators, and puts our economy and workforce on a sustainable path.
Our primary objective is to secure the long-term public investment needed to fully implement the state's child care commitments, so that:
- Every child has access to quality child care;
- Families spend no more than 10% of their income on child care; and
- Early childhood educators are fairly compensated and supported.
The 2023 Child Care Solution focuses on five key areas: Affordability, increased wages for early childhood educators, governance, accessibility, and equity.
Once passed into law, these priorities will take effect using a phased-in approach over the course of four years.
In the 2023-2024 biennium, we need all elected officials to make child care their number one priority. This means they must support and pass legislation that includes sustained, long-term investment to make this vision for Vermont’s child care system a reality.
The pieces are in place. The time is now. Let's make history and solve Vermont's child care crisis together.
Here's Our Plan Year-By-Year:
WE LAID THE FOUNDATION
In 2021, we worked with our partners and legislative champions to help pass H.171 (The Child Care Bill), which makes immediate investments in Vermont’s child care system and sets a path for long term transformation by establishing state goals for affordability and compensation for early childhood educators.
TOGETHER, WE’LL continue to work to Improve VERMONT'S CHILD CARE SYSTEM
We worked together to continue our progress toward lasting change in Vermont’s child care system by continuing on the path laid out by H.171 and supporting programs to be strong and stable. We also took immediate action to respond to Vermont’s urgent child care workforce crisis. Experts analyzed possible stable, long-term funding sources for our transformed child care system. Plus, via the Let’s Grow Kids Action Network, supporters like you organized your communities to elect over 100 legislators who are child care champions.
WITH YOUR HELP, LET’S PASS A BILL
Our campaign goal in 2023 will be passing a bill that funds a child care system for Vermont that is accessible, affordable, high-quality, accountable, and sustainable.
LET’S GET TO WORK
We’ll work with early childhood educators and our partners all over Vermont to set up our transformed child care system.
YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP US CROSS THE FINISH LINE!
Your donations and support will transform our shared successes into reality for Vermont children, families, and early childhood educators, until Let’s Grow Kids sunsets in 2025.
Contact Your Lawmakers
SHARE YOUR PRIORITIES
All lawmakers need to hear that child care is ESSENTIAL to Vermont, and that we are ready to invest in a child care system that will revitalize our economy, support our families, and shape the next generation of Vermonters.
Our community organizers work closely with individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities within Vermont’s child care movement to understand the needs, share stories, and help turn passion into power through community organizing, voter education and turnout, candidate engagement, and advocacy training and tools. Right now, it’s more important than ever that we ensure all Vermont candidates understand child care is essential, and are ready to invest in a system that works for All Vermonters.
Click HERE to learn more about how your business or organization can endorse Vermont’s Child Care Campaign.
We work closely with a wide range of early childhood education partners throughout the state to implement solutions that address the biggest challenges facing early childhood educators and the families who rely on their support and success; including resources to increase high-quality child care capacity; scalable technology to facilitate business administration; and workforce development initiatives to grow and prepare Vermont's early childhood education workforce to meet demand and deliver high-quality, culturally and linguistically responsive, early childhood education experiences to all Vermont children who need care.
When You Give a Gift
Your support goes directly towards building a just, equitable, and sustainable high-quality child care system that meets the needs of all Vermonters. As you know, our shared work is more important than ever right now.
But because of you, change is possible!