To better support our children, families, communities, and the state’s economy, Democrats passed H.171 this year which takes monumental steps to reforming our child care system, investing in our future, and supporting the next generation of Vermont’s citizens. H.171 makes child care more affordable, removes barriers to access, ensures fair wages for providers, establishes workforce development programs, and creates a study to identify future revenue sources for a more deeply subsidized universal childcare system. By increasing access and affordability for Vermont’s families, H.171 helps parents stay employed and contribute to their local economies. By increasing child care worker wages, we can support and grow our workforce of early care and learning professionals. By prioritizing the well-being and development of our children, we are giving our youngest Vermonters a head start to success.