Access to Affordable High Quality Early Care is Preventive Medicine
We thought you would be interested in this column that ran recently in the Brattleboro Reformer.
Another view: Access to affordable high quality early care is preventive medicine
By Louis Josephson, Ph.D.
"Providing Vermont's youngest citizens with quality child care is the right thing to do
on many levels. For example, research shows that every dollar we invest into early
childhood programs brings a 7-10 percent return through reduced costs in public
education, health care, and the correctional system. We also know that U.S.
businesses suffer to the tune of $3 billion annually due to workplace absenteeism
attributed to child care issues.
Like others in our state, I await with anticipation a report by the Blue Ribbon
Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care. Due out in November,
it will outline specific strategies and recommendations to support high-quality,
affordable child care in Vermont. My hope is that Vermonters will embrace the report
and use it as a foundation for real action. I say this as a parent of grown children who
benefitted tremendously from their experiences in quality child care programs, and
also as CEO of the Brattleboro Retreat who knows firsthand the value to individuals,
families, and communities, of preventing psychiatric and addiction problems before