Chittenden County Child Care Statistics
Child Care Resource provides child care statistics for the Chittenden County community. The statistics reported on the pages below are the ones most typically requested. If you have a question and you can’t find the answer below, please feel free to contact us.
Regulated Child Care Programs:
Child Care Wages and Benefits:
- Child Care Resource Child Care Wages and Benefit Survey – December 2016
- Child Care Resource Child Care Wages and Benefits Study – October 2011
- Child Care Resource Child Care Wages and Benefits Study – August 2006
- US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Preschool Teacher and Child Care Worker Wages:
|Number of Programs||Slots||Number of Vacancies||Vacancy Rate|
|Type of Program||Ages Served||Schedules Offered||July 2014||June 2017||July 2014||June 2017||July 2014||June 2017||July 2014||June 2017|
|Child Care Centers||Ages birth-5, sometimes Ages 5-12 as well||Offers care full-days and full weeks||63||64||3217||3612||228||51||7%||1%|
|Family Child Care Homes||Ages birth-5, sometimes Ages 5-12 as well||Offers care full-days and full weeks||143||102||1133||849||119||38||11%||4%|
|Private Preschools||Ages 3-5||May offer part-days/part-weeks to full-days/full weeks||33||33||1163||918||80||23||7%||3%|
|Public Preschool||Ages 3-5||Most often part-days/part weeks||26||22||457||506||0||0||0%||0%|
|After-School Programs||Ages 5-12||Part-days after school, may offer care during vacations and summers||48||40||2302||2806||56||1||2%||0%|
|Across Programs||Ages birth-12||Full-days, part-days, full weeks, part weeks||314||261||8272||8691||483||113||6%||1%|
The average tuition amounts below are for programs offering a weekly full-time care. For after school programs, this means care from school dismissal to 5:30 or 6:00 pm.
Tuition is not necessarily equal to cost. Some programs have additional sources of income that supplement tuition.
Some community-based early care and education programs have formed partnerships with local school districts to provide publicly funded pre-kindergarten education for children ages 3-5 years. This public education funding helps to cover the cost of 10 hours per week for 35 weeks per year. In some cases the funding is used to reduce the tuition that parents pay. In Chittenden County, there are 68 currently in partnership with one or more school district. Of these, 58 are centers or private preschool programs and 11 are family child care programs.
|Type of Program||Children younger than 2 years of age||Children 2 years of age||Children ages 3-5 years||Children ages 6-12 years|
|Child Care Center||$247||$244||$241||$95|
|Family Child Care Home||$191||$186||$187||$92|
Programs may be recognized for quality through national organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). They may also be recognized for quality through the State of Vermont Step Ahead to Recognition System (STARS).
In the table below, high quality is defined as accreditation through NAEYC or NAFCC or attainment of 4 STARS or 5 STARS through the State of Vermont.
- Preschool programs are most likely to have attained a high level of quality recognition.
- Regardless of the type of program, across the board, vacancy rates in programs recognized for high quality are much lower than overall vacancy rates in programs in regulated programs.
|Type of Program||Number of Programs Recognized for High Quality||Percentage of All Regulated Programs||Number of Slots in Programs Recognized for High Quality||Percentage of All Slots in Regulated Programs||Number of Vacancies In Programs Recognized for High Quality||Vacancy Rate in Programs Recognized for High Quality|
|Child Care Center||42||66%||2595||72%||29||1%|
|Family Child Care Home||18||17%||154||18%||1||<1%|
Source: Child Care Resource Provider Database
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook United States Median Pay For Early Care and Education Positions May 2016
|Early Care and Education Position||Yearly Median Pay||Hourly Median Pay||For more information visit|
|Child Care Worker||$21,170||$10.18||http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/childcare-workers.htm|
|Child Care/Preschool Director||$45,790||$22.01||http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/preschool-and-childcare-center-directors.htm|