- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MILTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont experienced a net loss of 51 home-based child care programs from May 2016 to November 2016 following the announcement of new regulations.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/2lBNVng ) 49 licensed child care centers closed in the state and 47 opened. Ninety-one home-based programs closed and 40 opened.

New regulations became effective on Sept. 1. They include additional cleaning requirements and fencing, as well as higher levels of education and training for registered child care home providers.

Child care providers have a year to come into compliance with most of the requirements and two years to comply with new educational and training requirements.

Officials with the state Department for Children and Families are attributing only a small number of the closures to the new rules.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com


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