Early Care & Learning

So that every family in Vermont has access to high-quality, affordable early care and education.

The first years of any person’s life are critical for cognitive and emotional development and can help drive success in school, career, and life. Early care and education for an individual can lead to fewer behavioral and academic challenges at school and reduce involvement in the criminal justice system. As a society, when we invest in early care, people are more likely to gain and maintain employment and make consistent positive contributions to their communities.

The Community Foundation believes early care and learning is a critical need for Vermont, and that philanthropic leadership can help advance ongoing high-quality early care outside of the home and develop creative solutions for equitable and affordable access for all families. 

We work together with Let’s Grow Kids, and a contribution to the Early Care and Learning Fund provides resources for the Foundation’s flexible grantmaking focused on young children, their families, and the people who care for them.

Strategy

Make the necessary investments to ensure that every child 0-5 in Vermont has access to high-quality, affordable care and education.

The Foundation will support efforts/programs that:

  • Expand the availability of early care and education in local communities
  • Increase the quality of available early care and education
  • Decrease the cost of early care and education, based on family need

Current Initiatives

Let’s Grow Kids, one of our supporting organizations, is leading the charge specifically in the realm of high-quality and affordable child care and has emerged as national leader on the issue. In partnering with Let’s Grow Kids, the current work to make Vermont’s early care and learning environment more accessible includes professional development, research and data collection, statewide policy support, and grassroots movement organizing.