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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 236

House concurrent resolution honoring the outstanding work of child care providers in Vermont  

Offered by:  Representatives Pugh of S. Burlington, Adams of Hartland, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Audette of S. Burlington, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Browning of Arlington, Chen of Mendon, Clarkson of Woodstock, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Wolcott, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, McNeil of Rutland Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Otterman of Topsham, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Peterson of Williston, Scheuermann of Stowe, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Westman of Cambridge, Weston of Burlington, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Offered by:  Senators Racine, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Nitka, Scott, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr and White

Whereas, today’s young children are tomorrow’s workers, voters, taxpayers, and parents, and

Whereas, Vermont’s future growth and prosperity depend upon our ability to provide our children with the opportunity to develop into healthy and productive citizens and leaders, and

Whereas, science tells us that early experiences build the foundation for a child’s brain architecture, and positive and nurturing interactions with adults at home and in the community help form a solid foundation for a child's future growth and success, and

Whereas, when we fail to provide a child with what he or she needs to build a strong foundation, both the child’s and his or her community’s future is harmed, and

Whereas, supporting healthy child development is easier and more effective than trying to make up for damaging early experiences later on, and

Whereas, 85 percent of a child’s core brain structure is formed by the age of four, yet less than nine percent of the investment in educational development is dedicated to children under age four, and

Whereas, parents who can find, afford, and rely on quality child care are more likely to enter the workforce, be productive at work, and remain employed, and

Whereas over 70 percent of children in Vermont are in out-of-home care during the work week, and 

Whereas, to ensure that all Vermont children grow into solid community members and become active participants in our economy, we must work together in order that our child development system meets our young children’s needs, and

Whereas, concerned Vermonters will gather at the state house on March 14, 2008 to inform their state legislators about the importance of making high-quality early childhood care and education services accessible and affordable to all Vermonters, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the outstanding work of early childhood development service providers in Vermont who are visiting the state house on March 14, 2008, which is Early Childhood Day at the legislature, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the sponsoring organizations of the Kids Are Priority One Early Childhood Coalition, including Voices for Vermont’s Children, Windham Child Care, Parent to Parent of Vermont, Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council, the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children, and Mama Says.


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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont