Peter Shumlin’s plan to address the cost of childcare by taking money from one
program for poor Vermonters and putting it towards childcare subsidies has
already prompted debate at the Statehouse. But
parents of all income levels bemoan the state of childcare in Vermont.
Governor Shumlin has made providing child care
for low-income Vermonters a priority in his budget this year. That still leaves
a lot of middle-income families who are struggling to find and afford someone
to help look after their kids. We’ll explore the
landscape of child care in Vermont.
For the second day in a row,
the Senate was embroiled in fierce debate over legislation that would allow
child care workers to form a union and bargain with the state. The 2012 session is supposed to
end this weekend, so the clock is running out for supporters of the union effort.
Child care providers who want to form a union took their case to the
Legislature on Friday. They say children would be better served by
a work force that has the right to organize for better pay and working
We’ve been talking this week
about a bill in the Vermont House that would allow Vermont
child care workers to unionize. The union would represent all early education
and home child-care workers. Yesterday, we spoke with Cyndi
Miller, who’s advocating for the union. Today we get a different perspective from Mary
Burns, the president and CEO of the Greater Burlington Y.
educators hoping to win collective bargaining rights were out in force at the
Vermont Statehouse on Tuesday, lobbying on behalf of a bill that would
recognize child care providers as state employees and would allow them to negotiate with the state over subsidy rates, health care benefits and licensing issues.