Partnerships are key!


Medicaid  Advisory Board: comprised of providers, consumers, and advocates, and advises the Agency of Human Services and related Legislative Committees on Vermont’s public health care programs.
Vermont Center for Afterschool Excellence: a public-private statewide partnership initiative dedicated to supporting and sustaining innovative learning opportunities that extend beyond the school day for all Vermont’s children and youth.
Vermont Child Poverty Council: Established by the Vermont legislature in 2007, the Vermont Child
Poverty Council  is charged with developing a ten-year plan to cut the number of children living in poverty by at least 50 percent.
Vermont Pre-K – 16 Council: made up of educational, business, and legislative representatives, that will formulate a plan to ensure that our high school graduates are college- and career- ready and to raise the level of post-secondary education attainment for all Vermont citizens.


Vermont Early Childhood Alliance: a statewide early childhood coalition of individuals, organizations, businesses, and strategic partners working together on common policy priorities in the areas of health, safety, food, economic security, and early care and education, leading to positive outcomes for Vermont’s young children from birth to age eight.  The Alliance shares information on early childhood issues, conducts advocacy trainings with stakeholders and creates opportunities for meaningful engagement with policymakers to advance Vermont towards a vision of thriving communities and economies.

Vermont Oral Health Care for All Coalition:  a statewide effort of organizations representing the diverse needs of citizens throughout the state, working to bring great access for affordable oral health care.

Vermont Paid Sick Days Coalition: a collection of businesses and organizations working to ensure that all working Vermonters are guaranteed paid sick days.

National and State Partners

KIDS COUNT/The Annie E. Casey Foundation: The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. KIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the status of children in the United States.
Nellie Mae Education Foundation: New England’s largest public charity is dedicated solely to preparing all the region’s learners for success.
Public Assets Institute: An organization that supports democracy by helping Vermonters understand and keep informed about what their government is doing, especially how it is raising and spending money and using other public assets.
Winooski-Burlington High School Partnership for Change: 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.

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]