On the Radio with Mark Johnson: Quality Home-Based Care and Pre-K

I recently had the opportunity to join Vermont Birth to Three Executive Director Barbara Postman and Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative Educational Consultant Sherry Carlson for two recent programs on the Mark Johnson Show (WDEV).

A wall of headphonesBarbara and I spoke with Mark Johnson about Vermont Birth to Three and the importance of developing our network of quality home-based care in Vermont. As a mostly rural state, our home-based providers don’t have access to many resources for professional development, training and other support. Vermont Birth to Three can be a great lifeline for these providers who, in addition to a child’s parents, are the first teachers in a child’s life. You can listen to the podcast here.

Sherry and I spoke with Mark Johnson about the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative and our mission to provide access to quality pre-K in Vermont for all three- and four-year-olds. In Vermont, about 65% of our four-year-olds are enrolled in pre-K but only about 16% of our three-year-olds are enrolled. While 65% may seem like a high percentage, the quality of pre-K programming varies greatly. The cost of quality child care is also a huge burden on all families. It’s important that we improve the quality of these programs and help all working parents take advantage of publicly-funded pre-K in their communities. You can listen to the podcast here.

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