PYC Accomplishments

  • Family Friendly Report Card in Burlington

    • A self-assessment, developed by a former Burlington Home-School Liaison and generated by students and parents or as a report to share generated by or with teachers, advisors and guidance counselors. It is also meant to be an educational and planning tool to help students and families to better understand how classes are organized and the path to career-college goals
  • Key partners in the discipline system reform with the Burlington School District

    • Parents and Youth for Change facilitated a listening campaign and research meetings with influential members of the Burlington School District to learn how to best integrate restorative practices into the disciplinary program
    • Read the PYC Discipline Research Report here
    • PYC staff completed the Summer Institute in Restorative Practices hosted by the Community Justice Center in St. Johnsbury, Vermont as well as continuing ongoing workshops with Advancing Restorative Justice in Schools practitioners
  • Winooski Transportation Pilot Program

    • PYC helped to secure funding for a transportation pilot that will shuttle students to school during the coldest winter months to make getting to school safer, more timely, and less stressful for families in Winooski.
    • Ongoing meetings with Winooski families to determine the best pick-up locations, how to use travel time productively, and what types of data to analyze to determine what impacts the pilot may have on student outcomes in the district.
Winooski Superintendent, Sean McMannon, discussing the Transportation Pilot at the 2017 budget meeting

Winooski Superintendent, Sean McMannon, discussing the Transportation Pilot at the 2017 budget meeting

  • New advisory program for Burlington High School students

    • PYC surveyed 100 students and had 1:1 interviews with roughly 90 teachers from Burlington High School to learn about the hopes and concerns of how an effective advisory program at BHS could be designed
    • PYC worked with BHS to propose an advisory program that focused on understanding how students develop and reach their college and career-readiness goals.
    • PYC continues to assist the school with monitoring and assessing its progress. Read more about it here.
  • Education Matters Report

    • PYC’s work has also informed the education policy research report published by Voices for Vermont’s Children at the state level.
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]