Vermont Birth to Five
BUILDING LASTING SYSTEMS
Ensuring every child in need of care has access to high-quality early care and learning requires a sustainable and high-functioning child care industry with the capacity and resources to meet the demand.
Vermont Birth to Five is building the quality and capacity of child care in Vermont community by community. Currently, Vermont experiences a severe shortage of high-quality care. From 2011 – 2017, VB5 worked directly with child care providers to help them elevate the quality of their programs with notable success: the percentage of programs participating in the state’s quality recognition system increased from 15% to 74%.
Today, the ratio of high-quality child care slots is much higher than it used to be—but there are fewer child care slots available overall.
In 2018, VB5 turned its focus to addressing this critical shortage and has set the ambitious goal of creating 500 new high-quality slots in communities across the state every year until 2025.
At the same time, VB5 is working to make child care a more sustainable profession by establishing critical resources for providers—such as professional networks and economies of scale for goods and services.
Learn more about how Vermont Birth to Five is building the quality and capacity of child care statewide at Vermontbirthtofive.org.