In January, Building Bright Futures (BBF), Vermont’s early childhood state advisory council, issued their latest report, Building Vermont’s Future from the Child Up, outlining the think tank’s recommendations to ensure high-quality, affordable, accessible early care and learning opportunities for all Vermont families.

Read the full report here.

The report proceeds from recommendations made by Vermont’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care in their 2015 statewide industry assessment. Tasked by the Commission to create a detailed action plan to carry recommendations forward, BBF, assembled a think tank comprised of 20 early care industry stakeholders including professionals & providers, supporting organizations, employers and parents. Think Tank members, including Loan Fund Business Resource Manager Rebecca Schrader, met several times over the course of 2018 to draft the action plan.

Additional input came via 2017’s Building Vermont’s Future from the Child Up Summit, which brought over 200 members of the general public into the discussion.

Action plan recommendations include:

• A wage scale for early care & learning providers to move Vermont toward salaries commensurate with desired qualifications for early educators.
• Redesigned Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP) to better support low- and moderate-income families seeking child care.
• New revenue to cover the costs of a high-quality, affordable child care system.

Going forward, the Loan Fund’s Schrader will continue to work with BBF and other partners to explore revenue and funding sources available to the industry.

In January, Building Bright Futures (BBF), Vermont’s early childhood state advisory council, issued their latest report, Building Vermont’s Future from the Child Up, outlining the think tank’s recommendations to ensure high-quality, affordable, accessible early care and learning opportunities for all Vermont families.

Read the full report here.

The report proceeds from recommendations made by Vermont’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care in their 2015 statewide industry assessment. Tasked by the Commission to create a detailed action plan to carry recommendations forward, BBF, assembled a think tank comprised of 20 early care industry stakeholders including professionals & providers, supporting organizations, employers and parents. Think Tank members, including Loan Fund Business Resource Manager Rebecca Schrader, met several times over the course of 2018 to draft the action plan.

Additional input came via 2017’s Building Vermont’s Future from the Child Up Summit, which brought over 200 members of the general public into the discussion.

Action plan recommendations include:

• A wage scale for early care & learning providers to move Vermont toward salaries commensurate with desired qualifications for early educators.
• Redesigned Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP) to better support low- and moderate-income families seeking child care.
• New revenue to cover the costs of a high-quality, affordable child care system.

Going forward, the Loan Fund’s Schrader will continue to work with BBF and other partners to explore revenue and funding sources available to the industry.

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