Voices Testimony 2017

It has been an active year at the Statehouse.  Here are links to our testimony thus far:


March 29, 2017 – Michelle Fay, Associate Director, testified to the House Ways and Means Committee in support of paid family leave.








March 23, 2017 – Michelle Fay, Associate Director & Sarah Teel, Research Director testified to the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare with our newly released KIDS COUNT data.







March 16, 2017 – Michelle Fay, Associate Director, testified to the House Committee on Human Services on the need to fulfill our commitments of public benefits.






February 28, 2017 – Michelle Fay, Associate Director, testified to the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee in support of paid family leave.














February 18, 2017 – Carlen Finn, Executive Director, testified to the House Committee on Education regarding funding for the Expanded Learning Opportunities Special Fund.






February 8, 2017 – Amy Brady, Development Director, testified to the House Committee on Human Services in support of H.11, a bill that would grant foster parents more access to court.

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]