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 and businesses, whom are united around the mission of ensuring that every Vermont child has a solid foundation for future learning and growth. Formerly known as Kids Are Priority One Coalition.

New England Consortium (NEC):  a six-state collaborative of child research and policy organizations, who have developed a common set of priorities to reduce child and family poverty in our individual states and region, and act as a catalyst for national change at this time of increasing poverty.

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

The Times Argus Article published July 22, 2014 By WILSON RING   MONTPELIER — Vermont kept its No. 2 national ranking in the well-being [more]

82.9% of pregnant women in Vermont received early prenatal care in 2010. Early prenatal care is associated with improved outcomes for both [more]

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

Children born into poverty are less likely to receive early prenatal care and are more likely to be born with [more]

As a result of their smaller size, children are more vulnerable than adults to the same absolute amounts of toxic [more]

24% of children in Vermont received 3SquaresVT (SNAP) benefits in 2011; a 77% increase from 2007. [more]

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

In 2011, 14.7 percent of Vermont’s children were living in poverty.  That is 18,484 kids.  The poverty rate for young children was [more]

Poverty makes a lasting impact on child outcomes and well-being. [more]

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