According to the US Census Bureau, 71.1% of Vermont children under the age of six have all available parents in the labor force. Source: US Census Bureau

Vermont families with two working parents making between $47,700 and the state median income for a family of four of $82,047, spend 28-40% of their income on child care (for two children). Source: “How are Vermont’s Young Children and Families?” 2015 Report by Building Bright Futures, page 14.

Less than one-third of licensed & registered child care for Vermont’s children age 0-5 is considered high quality, defined as having a 4 or 5 STAR rating from Vermont’s STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) or national accreditation.

Source: Regulated child care provider data as of August 2015 from the Vermont Data website. Providers were limited to those that serve at least one infant, toddler, or preschooler based on provider-reported desired capacity

Source: Report on Vermont’s Early Care and Learning Dividend:

Investment into high-quality, affordable child care can help mitigate future costs in the public education, health care and corrections systems because children with a strong foundation during the early years are more likely to enter kindergarten prepared and ready to succeed. Children with high-quality early childhood experiences:

  • Score higher on school-readiness tests
  • Are 40% less likely to need special education or be held back a grade
  • Are 70% less likely to commit a violent crime by age 18

Source: Watson, Sara. “The Costs of Disinvestment.” Partnership for America’s Economic Success, 2010,

fact 6: the average salary for a Vermont Child care worker is only $24,850 - often without benefits

The average annual salary for a Vermont child care worker is only $24,850, often without benefits. Stalled at the Start. Source: Vermont Department of Labor: Accessed May 2016

Stalled at the Start