An estimated 50% of Vermont’s infants and toddlers who need child care do not have access to a regulated facility or early learning program. Not only is it difficult to access, but the cost of child care is higher than ever. According to the 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment, 85% of parents in Addison County report they are spending 10% or more of their household income on child care (compared to 72% in 2020). Families whose income decreased during the pandemic faced greater difficulty accessing childcare than those whose income was not affected.
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