Manufacturing a Childcare Crisis

by Rob Roper

I recall a story of Roman history in which a power hungry prefect manufactured a food shortage in the city in order to rile farside-agw-brickup the citizens against his rival. The same strategy is at work in Vermont regarding childcare. The State and its allies in the public education “blob” are manufacturing a child care crisis in order to take control of children aged 0-5.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Vermont has lost 500 childcare over the past year due to new regulations passed in 2016. According to the article.

Vermont lost home-based child care programs about twice as fast after new regulations were announced…. The state lost 91 programs from May to November, while 40 new programs opened. The net loss of 51 programs represents as many as 500 slots for kids.

Odd policy to implement if you believe parents are facing a childcare access crisis. You’d think Montpelier would make it easier, not harder to impossible, for childcare providers to stay in business or expand. But no. This is the Roman “fake famine” strategy at work.

Parents who cannot find childcare spaces for their kids will now holler that “something needs to be done!” The state, authors of the crisis, will swoop in and “fix” the problem with copious amounts of tax dollars, sweeping mandates, and a consolidation of power. Their ultimate goal is to subsume control over all kids 0-5 into the public education system.

This will cost taxpayers a fortune – an estimated $850 million per year — eradicate several hundred small businesses in the process, and likely do great harm to our kids and culture. The time to stop this is now. (Really yesterday, but now will have to suffice.)

– Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeanne Norris February 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Rob Roper, as usual you hit the nail on the head! This State is so out of control! They will not be happy till none of us can afford to stay here anymore, oh wait it’s already that way! We have got to get more people with more sense of fiscal responsibility to run for office!! Every day we hear of one more boneheaded policy or plan that threatens us and the income we live on! Who are these people and what have they done with our State???


Denise Routhier February 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

Hit the nail on the head!
Always putting the cart before the horse! I am tired of the
State telling me how to run my business but offering no
Financial help to comply. Implementing
cookie-cutter regs that are unrealistic on so many levels
Are forcing quality childcare programs to shut down. There
are just not enough hours in a 10 hour work day to get it
all done. I feel like the State is covering its own back
Regardless of the impact on the community and the price
tag that comes with it. They can rest their head on their
pillow with ease, but who’s covering my back?
What is the incentive to register or license with the state?
None…no financial reward, no recognition, no
Had the attitude that quality childcare from age 0-5 yrs.
Is as equally vital as quality teachers and our school systems, and
than I think we would not be in this situation. For too long,
we have put the needs of our children on the “back
burner “sort of speak. For too long,we have not viewed
or believed that childcare providers are professionals!
Had we funded providers and hired more man power to
Enforce the regulations, ensuring quality care and the
safety of our children than again, things would be
different. Parents will lose control of choosing a program
that meets the developmental needs of their child and
shares their philosophies. They will lose control of who
will educate and care for their child. It is not the States
place to make such personal choices!
Tell me…what is the answer, what do I do? After 32 years
of providing quality care, I am being forced out!

all had our seen the value in children,


Jim Mogan February 24, 2017 at 10:28 pm

Nice to know the Romans also had “Fake News”. So history actually does repeat itself!


Jim Bulmer February 24, 2017 at 10:37 pm

When the state steps in, BEWARE. They’re sure to screw it up and squander hard earned tax payers dollars to feather the NEA’S nest. Again, I ask, if the folks are fed up with the “do good mean well” morons in Montpelier, why oh why do Vermonters vote them into office every year????? Don’t complain, you get what you voted for.!!!!!


Sharon Toborg February 25, 2017 at 4:35 am

Let”s Grow Government!


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