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S.20 has been officially signed into law.

Governor Shumlin has officially signed S.20 into law, establishing dental therapists in Vermont!

Vermont Digger article: Gov. Shumlin Celebrates Law to Expand Dental Services to More Vermonters

“The new law creates a licensing level of dental care providers that is mid-way between a hygienist and a dentist, and sets high standards for education, testing and supervision. Dental therapists will be able to perform more procedures than a hygienist, such as fillings, simple tooth extractions, temporary crowns, and more procedures aimed at treating children.

‘Our coalition has been working for six years to raise awareness about the connection between dental health and overall health, and the lack of equitable access to care. Children, older adults, people with disabilities and those with low incomes find it particularly hard to access dental care,’ said Michelle Fay, Associate Director of Voices for Vermont’s Children. ‘It’s gratifying to know that dental therapists will help bridge this gap in Vermont.’”

Learn More:

Marketplace podcast: Big Smiles in Vermont over Dental Therapy

Vermont Business Magazine article: New Law Will Expand Dental Services in Vermont

Huffington Post article: Organized Dentistry Loses Big in Another State as Propaganda Stops Working

W.K. Kellogg Foundation post: Grassroots Efforts Lead Change in Oral Health Care in Vermont

A push to improve access to dental care. By: Dan Gorenstein, APM’s Marketplace

A push to improve access to dental care by Dan Gorenstein Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – 12:59   A couple years ago, back pain forced Dave Couture to leave his job in an accounting office in Vermont. “Pretty much the whole story is that when you lose your job, you lose your insurance, you loseContinue Reading

The newest Census poverty data

The U.S. Census Bureau released 2014 state-level poverty estimates today.  Child poverty rates in Vermont have not decreased.  In fact, estimates for poverty and deep poverty for 2014 are both slightly higher than they were for 2013. Safety net programs are designed to protect children from the damaging effects of poverty.  Lessening  deprivation during periodsContinue Reading

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Time for Earned Sick Days in Vermont

In Vermont, we both celebrate the protections that the Family and Medical Leave Act provides and recognize that the law doesn’t go far enough.  FMLA doesn’t cover routine illnesses, doesn’t cover all employees, and doesn’t consider the inability of many people to go without pay, even for a day or two. That’s why Vermont isContinue Reading

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is scheduled to release a new policy report on November 4th, 2013 that will outline the policy focus we need to maintain in order to best support children’s early development.  Voices for Vermont’s Children will be participating in the release of this report, which will also contain state-level data about Vermont’s young children.Continue Reading

Governor would take from the poor to give to the poor

For the second time in recent weeks, Gov. Peter Shumlin has proposed balancing the state budget on the backs of some of Vermont’s poorest citizens. With the latest move, the governor who says he’s adamantly opposed to raising broad-based taxes would effectively raise income taxes on those in the lowest income brackets. Vermonters shouldn’t standContinue Reading

Governor would take from the poor to give to the poor

For the second time in recent weeks, Gov. Peter Shumlin has proposed balancing the state budget on the backs of some of Vermont’s poorest citizens. With the latest move, the governor who says he’s adamantly opposed to raising broad-based taxes would effectively raise income taxes on those in the lowest income brackets. Vermonters shouldn’t standContinue Reading

Vermont ranks 3rd in the nation for overall child well-being despite rising child poverty.

The 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book, a state-by-state study on the well-being of America’s children, ranks Vermont as third in the nation for overall child well-being. At a glance, this is good news for Vermont, but a deeper look reveals that more Vermont children and families face economic hardship. The new Data Book indicates kidsContinue Reading

Parents for Change: Community Organizing in Winooski and Burlington

Voices for Vermont’s Children is on the ground in Winooski and Burlington. Our local community organizers support parents as leaders in changing their high schools to better prepare all students for the future – jobs, college and life. Our work is part of the Winooski-Burlington Partnership for Change, funded by the Nellie Mae Foundation. ReadContinue Reading