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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 1, 2019) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) CEO Mark Shriver today applauded the Vermont House of Representatives for last week’s unanimous approval of H. 531, legislation that increases child care funding.
“Investing these new funds for child care not only ensures more Vermont children will have an equal opportunity to succeed, it is also a smart economic decision that will help the state attract and retain talent,” Shriver said. “This tripartisan legislation makes child care more affordable for more families and invests critical resources in Vermont’s early education workforce so that high-quality care can be delivered to more children. I applaud Speaker Mitzi Johnson and her fellow legislative leaders for spearheading a bill that could gain unanimous support.”
Shriver urged the state Senate to follow the House’s lead and pass robust funding for child care. With Governor Phil Scott indicating that increased and improved child care is a priority for his administration, now is the time for the state legislature to agree on a robust package that can be signed into law and have an immediate positive impact for the state and thousands of families.
“By working together across the partisan divide, the state’s political leaders are ensuring more Vermont kids get a strong start in life and more Vermont parents can get back to work,” Shriver said. “Governor Scott deserves credit for making child care a top priority and the Senate now has the opportunity to send this critical first step in improving the state’s child care system to his desk.”
An organization that supports efforts to prioritize access to high-quality early childhood education and child care across the country, SCAN is working with partners in Vermont to mobilize policymakers and advocates across the state on behalf of a strong early childhood education agenda.
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