Wayne Miller, a former resident of Hartland, is being held without bail while awaiting trial in state court on 13 felony counts.
“I would categorize finding staff for our preschools at a crisis level,” said Michael Feitelberg, one of the owners of Kids & Fitness Preschools at the Edge, a local gym and fitness club that will absorb some of Kinderworks’ employees and families.
We have a mandate to ensure that all children can access an appropriate education that meets their educational needs and we are failing, especially for Vermont children who already are marginalized by our society.
Our state’s economic future depends on access to and the availability of high-quality, affordable child care options for the workforce. That will require long-term public investment.
Outcomes could be improved if schools were funded adequately, if there were enough excellent mental health programs easily available, if families had secure, affordable housing and we had excellent and affordable child care.
The problems with housing and child care are eerily similar — simply not enough of it, and the options that are available are too expensive for families.
The authors of the report, which was mandated by the Legislature last year, recommended creating a new governmental entity to oversee child care and early education in Vermont.
Home-based child care programs were more likely to stay open during the pandemic than any other type of provider. Also, home-based programs can provide a localized, scaled option that makes more financial sense in rural areas.
We all benefit when families can participate in the workforce and children get what they need to succeed, so we can all contribute to making child care work for everyone.
On Wednesday, advocates, business leaders and lawmakers gathered on the Statehouse steps to rally early support for a publicly funded child care system in Vermont.
A typical Vermont family spends $20,000 a year on child care, literally more than a year of in-state tuition at a Vermont State College.
I’m advocating expanding and changing the system to do the job better, to produce smarter adults.
Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders have earmarked a combined $827,000 for Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s proposed child care facility.
If the Legislature approves, our multipronged approach will help expand child care, bring women and other caregivers back into the workforce, and support Vermont’s economy.