"The prosperity and well-being of America is increasingly tied to the prosperity and well-being of Vermont women," Lynch said. "In fact, we are the bedrock of the economy."
We were also delighted to hear Change The Story's two reports referenced in opening remarks by Sen. Leahy and by
VT Technical College President Dan Smith. Dan spoke of VTC's new Gender Equity Initiative
in partnership with VT Works for Women to increase
women's enrollment in five STEM programs. The Senator mentioned CTS not once but twice and cited statistics from the research reports to advocate for economic advancement of women.
Vermont Works for Women'sWomen Can Do! is a one-day career immersion experience for 9-12th
grade girls from across Vermont. It features dozens of hands-on workshops and action stations highlighting careers in the skilled trades and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.
The report acknowledges the importance of recent reforms aimed at closing gaps in access to pre- kindergarten, school meals, and out-of-school programs so that kids have the foundations they need to start school on strong footing. Nonetheless, 1 in 3 Vermont kids live in low-income families, and post-recession rebounds to the economy have benefitted the top income brackets, while middle income families have less to spare. "More and more kids are coming to school without the basic resources they need to be ready to learn," the report says.
the supply of and demand for regulated infant and toddler care in Vermont.
The study found that, statewide, Vermont lacks sufficient regulated child care to meet the needs of infants and toddlers likely to need care: almost half of Vermont infants and toddlers likely to need care do not have access to regulated early care and learning programs and 79% of infants and toddlers likely to need care do not have access to high-quality, regulated programs.
The study also looked at access to regulated and high quality, regulated programs at the county level and found that in some places, 98% of infants likely to need care do not have access to high-quality, regulated programs. This lack of access to early care and learning programs is a significant challenge not only for Vermont's families with young children, but also for Vermont's communities and economy.