In Vermont, 621 children under the age of three are enrolled in Early Head Start programs, and 514 3-year olds and 729 4-year olds are enrolled in Head Start programs. However, 71 percent of 4-year-olds are enrolled in a state-funded early learning program. This number has steadily increased over the course of a decade, rising 61 percent since 2003. Thanks to new legislation providing universal access to state-funded pre-K programs, every 3- and 4-year-old in the state will soon have the opportunity to reap the benefits of a high-quality early learning experience, regardless of socioeconomic status. Additionally, the average annual cost of center-based infant care in the state is $9,958.