Who We Are

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Our Mission: To promote public policy that enhances the lives of children and youth in Vermont.

Established in 1983, Voices for Vermont’s Children (formerly Vermont Children’s Forum) began as an informal alliance of human service and education advocates  concerned about the status of children and youth in Vermont.

Voices has evolved into a statewide membership organization of several hundred individuals and organizations. Membership dues and contributions support our advocacy, outreach and community organizing on behalf of Vermont’s children and youth.

Voices addresses the full spectrum of child, youth and family issues – from child care and access to health care coverage for children and youth to juvenile justice and child welfare. Voices for Vermont’s Children works on behalf of children and youth by:

  • Advocating during the Vermont Legislative session;
  • Organizing and working in state and regional coalitions;
  • Providing up-to-date information, policy briefs and fact sheets on issues important to children and youth. This includes publishing Vermont KIDS COUNT child and family data reports; and
  • Co-sponsoring workshops, trainings and conferences.

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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 children’s healthy development and has lasting effects on children’s physical and social-emotional health. Children growing up [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]

Population

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]