Vermont leaders highlight new investments in child care

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Governor Phil Scott joined child care advocates Thursday morning to highlight the state’s increased investment in child care services. The Governor’s 2019 budget includes a nearly $6 million increase on improving early development and learning.

Leaders say the money will help reduce child care rates for 2,000 families around the state. The governor said providing affordable and high quality care will also help grow the workforce and attract more people.

Moms at Thursday’s news conference said their families already feel some relief.

“That extra $300 a month has given me room to finally breathe,” said Nina Lemieux, a single mother of 3 from Barre. “I’m slowly catching up on other bills and debts and I know that savings will continue to help support myself and my children.”

While acknowledging the strides the state has made, officials say there’s still work to be done.

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