Big Change Starts Small

Strategy to achieve high-quality, affordable early care and learning for all Vermont children by 2025.

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The problem we’re solving

According to the Census Bureau, 7 out of 10 Vermont children under age 6 have all available parents in the labor force, meaning they’re likely to need child care in order to go to work. Yet, Vermont is experiencing a severe shortage of child care, which negatively impacts all levels of society—from the state’s children and working families to its businesses and economy:

  • Talented employees (most frequently women) are forced to leave their careers.
  • Special education costs are climbing.
  • Health care costs continue to rise.
  • Many families cannot afford the cost of living in Vermont, causing our population to decline.


Multiple studies have shown that access to high-quality child care is a key economic driver:

  • Working parents can retain their jobs, preserving their financial stability.
  • Businesses experience greater productivity and retention of employees.
  • New families are attracted to live where they can access high-quality child care.
  • Children experience greater success in school and careers, and have better lifelong health.
  • Statewide costs in special education, health care, social welfare and corrections decrease.


The Permanent Fund is working to ensure that every Vermont child has access to high-quality, affordable child care by 2025. Here’s how we’re achieving it.


of Vermont kids under age 6 have all available parents in the labor force.


of infants and toddlers likely to need child care in Vermont do not have access to high-quality programs.


of Vermont families cannot afford high-quality child care.

Our Initiatives

Our mission is to ensure that by 2025, every child from birth to five in Vermont has access to high-quality, affordable child care in a self-sustaining system.

We have a three-pronged approach to this work:

Building a movement

Creating policy change via a statewide public awareness and advocacy campaign.

Building Child Care Quality & Capacity

Increasing the number and quality of child care slots across Vermont community by community.

Piloting Innovations

Researching and developing new strategies for positive impact.

Invest in Vermont

With a small population, forward-thinking culture, and accessible, citizen legislature, Vermont is an ideal laboratory for scalable social change.

Our Supporters

“Investing in early education is a proven approach to reducing the costs of health care and special education. That protects the most vulnerable, and it benefits all of us.”

Phil Scott (R)

Vermont Governor

“The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children is a powerful partner in our work to advance the economic security, health, and well-being of Vermont’s women, children, and families, and I cannot speak strongly enough about the importance of furthering their success.”

Cary Brown

Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women

“We need all our kids to become the productive, creative, contributing adults that they have the potential to be — and the Permanent Fund has built a strong campaign, with a full diversity of contributing partners, that can get us there. Please join us as we work together to set an example for the nation.”

Lisa Ventriss

President, Vermont Business Roundtable

“Achieving the goal that the Permanent Fund has set is of primary importance to our economy, our quality of life, and the future of all our communities, whether rural, suburban or urban. This campaign has done much of the heavy lifting already.”

Thomas W. Torti

President, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce

Latest Articles

A growing source of information about childcare and childhood development.

Aly’s Brief: Update from the CEO

Permanent Fund CEO Aly Richards reflects on the successes in 2017.

Grit & Gratitude

Grit & Gratitude

I am moved by the generous contributions so many of you made to the Permanent Fund at the end of 2017. You have been loyal readers, advocates and supporters, closely following the progress we’ve made together imparting the importance of high-quality, accessible and affordable child care for our beloved state. I am deeply grateful, and inspired, that so many of you chose to invest financially in our collective fight for Vermont’s children and families.

A Bridge to Success: Pre-K in St. Johnsbury

A Bridge to Success: Pre-K in St. Johnsbury

Michelle Fox is the Early Education Coordinator for the St. Johnsbury School District. Prior to this position, she spent 16 years working in the mental health field in a variety of capacities. A lifetime resident of Vermont, she lives in St. Johnsbury with her two...

The Price We Pay for High-Quality Child Care

The Price We Pay for High-Quality Child Care

In its report to the Administration and Legislature, Vermont’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care emphasized the fact that high-quality child care is expensive for both parents and providers. In Vermont, too many families are...

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