ERIC Number: ED481723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Economic Impact of Vermont's Child Care Industry.
This report documents the relationship between the supply of reliable, affordable, accessible child care and the health of Vermont's economy. The child care industry is a growing part of the Vermont economy, pumping money into local communities by supporting working families, creating jobs, and generating taxes through employment and the purchase of goods and services. As the number of two-wage earner families and women-headed households increases, child care becomes an essential social infrastructure, enabling parents to enter and remain in the workforce. An insufficient supply of reliable, affordable, and accessible child care negatively impacts Vermont's economy. Parents without such child care are less likely to enter the workforce, be productive at work, and remain employed. These problems are particularly acute for parents working in the retail and service industries, which are defined by lower wages and nontraditional, mixed, and weekend shifts. There is a steadily growing body of scientific evidence that the quality of children's social and environmental experience lays the groundwork for future success in school and life. Consistency of care is a determining factor in high-quality care and learning programs, yet the high turnover rate among caregivers is due in large part to low wages and poor benefits. For many small businesses in Vermont, publicly-funded child care is essential. Many Vermont business do not pay wages that are high enough to cover child care costs. By helping low-wage families pay for child care, Vermont is also providing financial assistance to thousands of small businesses in the state. (Contains 37 endnotes and 5 notes explaining methods used to calculate the statistics presented in the report.) (KB)
Descriptors: Child Care, Child Care Quality, Cost Effectiveness, Economic Factors, Employed Parents, Small Businesses, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis
Windham Child Care Association, 130 Birge Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Tel: 802-387-4512; Fax: 802-387-2142; Web site: http://www.windhamchildcare.org. For full text: http://www.windhamchildcare.org/pdf/wcc-book.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Vermont