Economic Well-Being


Livable Income-A livable income for a child’s family is the most basic component of economic security. However for many Vermont families, this component is out of reach.

Affordable Housing and Homelessness-Poverty and lack of options drive many families into a life of constant relocation and intermittent homelessness, a lifestyle particularly hard on children. Frequent moves take a significant economic, social, and emotional toll on families.

Hunger, Nutrition, and Food Insecurity-Hunger and inadequate nutrition have detrimental effects on children’s health, both immediate and lifelong.

Vermont Reach Up Program: TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)-Vermont struggles to save the safety net for our most vulnerable children and their families.

Important Facts
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 [more]

Poverty undermines [more]

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 [more]


While the total population of Vermont has grown to an estimated 626,630, our child population has fallen since the 2000 Census count [more]

70% of Vermont’s housing stock was built prior to the 1978 ban on lead paint.  Lead paint and dust from lead [more]

Teen Births

Teen mothers often have fewer resources than older parents to provide for a healthy baby and for themselves.  Babies born [more]

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

98% of Vermont’s children have health insurance. [more]

Babies with low birthweight – under 5.5 pounds – are at risk for respiratory conditions, cognitive and developmental delays, and other long-term health [more]