Tarryk in Montpelier to show support for need of child care services in the NEK

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NEWPORT — Stacie Tarryk, of Ready, Set, Grow Child Care Center in Newport was in Montpelier to show her support for the need for child care services in the Northeast Kingdom.

She was invited to the event by Let’s Grow Kids of Vermont.

Tarryk was one of the first students to go through Step-Up to Child Care, a partnership between NEKLS, and North Country Career Center.

“Step Up To Child Care” is an innovative program designed to address the skilled labor shortage in the child care profession and pair child care centers with potential teachers through a paid internship.

NEKLS and Ready, Set, Grow Child Care Center said they would like to thank local representatives Mike Marcotte, Katherine Simms, and Mark Higley, as well as Senator Bobby Starr for everything they are doing to support Vermont families’ child care needs.

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On the steps of the Statehouse on April 27, 2022, CEOs and business owners from across Vermont, representing nearly every industry, joined Vermont’s Child Care Campaign to declare their support for a publicly funded child care system that meets the needs of all Vermont’s children, families, businesses, and economy.

During the event, employers such as Lisa Groeneveld, Co-Founder of OnLogic, Mark Foley Jr., CEO of Foley Distributing, Dimitri Garder, CEO of Global-Z International, and Sam Hooper, President of Vermont Glove identified a critical lack of high-quality child care as a major impediment to Vermont’s workforce and economy.

The Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Regional Development Corporations, Main Street Alliance, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility all spoke out in favor of government investment in children.

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