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School meals

In the 2013-2014 school year, 40.7% of students received meals categorized as free or reduced-price. Click on the graph for additional data, including county school meals data.

School meals in Vermont, 2009-2013

Children are eligible for free school lunches if their household income does not exceed 130% of the federal poverty threshold, and children are eligible for reduced-price lunch if their family income falls between 130%-185% of the federal poverty threshold.

Beginning in the 2013 school year, meals in the reduced-price category are reimbursable to schools and are available at no-cost to students.




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Early Prenatal Care

Between 2000 and 2010, the rate of pregnant women in Vermont receiving early prenatal care ranged between 80 and 85 percent. This was short of the goal set by the Vermont Department of Health, in Healthy Vermonters 2010, that at least 90 percent of Vermont women receive prenatal care in the first trimester of their pregnancy. Healthy Vermonters 2020, Vermont’sContinue Reading


While the total population of Vermont has grown to an estimated 626,630, our child population has fallen since the 2000 Census count of 147,523 to an estimated 122,701 kids in 2013. Child population in Vermont has been declining as both a number and a percentage. Click the image below for more data.    


70% of Vermont’s housing stock was built prior to the 1978 ban on lead paint.  Lead paint and dust from lead paint are the primary sources of lead exposure for children.  In 2011, 84.4 percent of Vermont 1-year-olds were screened for lead, and of those, 10 percent had elevated blood lead levels.

Teen Births

Teen mothers often have fewer resources than older parents to provide for a healthy baby and for themselves.  Babies born to teen mothers are more likely than other infants to be born at a low birth weight and to experience health problems or developmental delays. The teen birth rate in Vermont was 22.6 percent lowerContinue Reading

Reach Up

7.5% of Vermont’s children received Reach Up (TANF) benefits in 2011; a 27% increase from 2007.

Health Insurance

98% of Vermont’s children have health insurance.


Babies with low birthweight – under 5.5 pounds – are at risk for respiratory conditions, cognitive and developmental delays, and other long-term health complications.  The Healthy Vermonters 2010 objective was to reduce the percentage of babies born with low birthweight to 5 percent. This goal has yet to be achieved. In 2010, the Vermont averageContinue Reading