Meeting agendas, materials and minutes from each of the Blue Ribbon Commission scheduled meetings will be archived on this page.

About the Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care

Purpose: (1) to inventory and review reports and recommendations issued over the past 10 years relating to high quality, affordable child care; (2) to determine the elements inherent in all quality child care programs; and (3) to make recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor on the most effective use of existing public funding and additional opportunities. (See Statute, page 105 for full description.) The Blue Ribbon Commission will collaborate and work to support goals and strategies within the Vermont Early Childhood Framework and the accompanying Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan

Below please find the Commission’s Final Report:

  1. Final Report
  2. Final Appendices
  3. Combined Report and Appendices

Backup to the report can be found on the following zip drive: Report Backup

Additionally, below are two memos from the Commission’s consultants, Public Consulting Group: one with future research questions and one summarizing other states’ endeavors to achieve quality and/or affordability.

  1. Future Research Questions
  2. Other States

Thank you for this opportunity to serve Vermont.


Blue Ribbon Commission – Meeting Dates

Held on the third Thursday of the month. Location will be updated monthly on this page.

Blue Ribbon Commission – Past Meetings

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 Agenda Minutes | Materials
Thursday, October 01, 2015 Agenda Minutes | Materials
Thursday, December 17, 2015 Agenda Minutes | 9A The Vermont STARS | 10 Year Summative Report | STARS Brochure | STARS Placemat Final 2015
Thursday, January 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes | ECE Program Quality | RFP SubCommittee Presentation
Thursday, February 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes | Hunger Free Vermont | Quality Definition Draft | RFP Draft 2
Thursday, March 17, 2016 Agenda Minutes | Cost of Care - Tables | Cost of Care - Methodology | Cost of Care Presentation
Thursday, May 19, 2016 Agenda Minutes | Dr. Mitchell Discussion Guide | PCG Presentation
Thursday, June 16, 2016 Agenda Minutes | BRC Timeline | Basic Needs Budget
Thursday, July 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes | Community Forum Plan | BRC Goals Results
Thursday, August 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes | Stakeholder Summary | PCG Cost of Care | PCG Cost of Care Summary
Thursday, September 15, 2016 Agenda Minutes | Affordability Summary | Affordability Full
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 Agenda Minutes | Excel Sliding Fee Scale | Affordability Summary
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Agenda Minutes | Zip File of Materials
Thursday, November 10, 2016 Agenda Minutes | Recommendations | Financing Options | Final Report Draft
Thursday, November 17, 2016 Agenda Minutes | Short term Recs | Short term options | Final Report Draft

Blue Ribbon Commission – Member / Commissioner List

Gubernatorial Appointees / Statutory Position :
Steven Lambrecht – Military Parent with Child Enrolled in Program
Charlotte Ancel – Chair & Business Representative
Donna Bailey – PCC Representative
Paul Behrman – Head Start Representative
Laurel Bongiorno – Higher Education Representative
Frank Cioffi – Business Representative
Michelle Fay – Child Advocacy Representative
Rachel Hunter – Licensed and Registered Home-Based Program Representative
Chloe Learey – Licensed Center-Based Program Representative
David Rubel – Financial Services Industry Representative
Lauren Norford – Business Representative

Statutory Members :
Rebecca Holcombe – Agency of Education Representative
Jessica Gingras – Agency of Administration Representative
Reeva Murphy – DCF/CDD Representative
Paul Dragon – Agency of Human Services Representative

Blue Ribbon Commission – Archived Documents

Community Forums Announcement
2014 Market Rate Survey
Vermont Child Care Facts
Vermont Insights Screenshots and Examples
Vermont Insights STARS Example
STARS Fact Sheet 1
STARS Fact Sheet 2
Working Definition of High Quality
Commissioner Emails

Blue Ribbon Commission – Archived Testimony

Public Testimonials
Burlington Children's Place
Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce

Blue Ribbon Commission – Contact Us Today!

The Blue Ribbon Commission encourages and values public input. Email the Commission with questions, comments or to submit written testimony. Please note: All written testimony will be archived on this page. If you wish the remain anonymous, please let us know. Charlotte Ancel, Chair Jessica Gingras, Agency of Administration Representative Phone : 802-828-3333

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