Stowe Street Cafe in Local News
Vermont Conversation; WDEV, 10/3/19
Vermont’s record low unemployment rate – now hovering at around 2% — has spawned another problem: the state can’t find enough workers. One recent study says Vermont is short about 11,000 workers per year. What does child care have to do with this problem? A lot, it turns out. Parents who can’t find or afford quality child care can’t reliably show up at work and some even end up leaving the workforce altogether. But crisis is the mother of opportunity, and employers are turning to new solutions to lure workers with innovative childcare option. We explore the childcare challenges & solutions with employers, advocates and parents. (October 2, 2019 broadcast)
Child Care is an Economic Issue; Waterbury Record, 9/26/19
"Addressing the need for high-quality, affordable child care improves employee morale and loyalty, reduces absenteeism, and increases business productivity, allwhile ensuring that children and families can achieve the best outcomes right from the start. This is more than a family issue — it’s a small-business issue, too."
Facing Staff Shortages, Vermont Restaurants Rethink Ways to Work; Seven Days, 9/17/19
"We're not just talking about saving restaurants," [Grenier] said. "This is a discussion that, in these somewhat uncharted waters of never having an unemployment rate quite so low, we need to be thinking about — how we can make life more affordable to live here in Vermont."