MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A state report indicates Vermont has lost about 25 percent of its home-based child care capacity in the past three years, and overall there are fewer child care slots now than when universal prekindergarten was passed in 2014.
Then-Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, passed the law in 2014, and at the time child care advocates had expected the law would drive out some home-based providers. Vermont Public Radio reports the law also increased regulations and standards for home-based providers — leading to the current drop in child care capacity.
Vermont has about 1,700 fewer slots today than when the new law expanded access for kids 5 and younger.
The recent report from the Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office doesn't offer any suggestions on why the number of slots has decreased.