Vermont losing capacity for child care in recent years

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.

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