Can Vermont solve its childcare shortage?
Vermont’s record low unemployment rate – now hovering at around 2% — has spawned another problem: the state can’t find enough workers. One recent study says Vermont is short about 11,000 workers per year. What does child care have to do with this problem? A lot, it turns out. Parents who can’t find or afford quality child care can’t reliably show up at work and some even end up leaving the workforce altogether. But crisis is the mother of opportunity, and employers are turning to new solutions to lure workers with innovative childcare option. We explore the childcare challenges & solutions with employers, advocates and parents. (October 2, 2019 broadcast)Emily Blistein; Shelley Sayward; Lindsay DesLauriers; Kailie Speciale; Nicole Grenier, director of business strategy, Let’s Grow Kids; vice president, Casella Waste Systems; president, Bolton Valley Resort; housekeeping supervisor, Bolton Valley Resort; owner, Stowe Street Cafe, Waterbury; director, Children, Youth & Family Services, Washington County Mental Health, author of op-ed piece on childcare crisis