The Governor's Early Childhood Summit brought parents, childcare professionals, and others concerned with early childhood development to Montpelier Tuesday.
The day was devoted to group discussions and a speech from Governor Shumlin about the care and education of Vermont's youngsters. A survey had been sent out around the state to parents with small children to gauge their feelings about assistance they get for early childcare.
Kim Friedman, who developed the survey and planned the summit, realizes that many Vermonters with small children are struggling, and the surveys made one fact very clear.
"Low income parents don't get enough financial support from the state to be able to pay for high quality early care and education, and moderate income families don't earn enough to qualify for financial assistance, but don't have enough disposable income to be able to pay for it," Friedman said.
Attendees of the summit will continue work to develop strategies on how to better financially invest in early childcare for those who need it.