How Are Vermont's Young Children? Fourth edition. 2016.
Building Bright Futures Council.
Technical Report Statistics
Published: December 2016
Building Bright Futures Council
600 Blair Park, Suite 306
Williston, VT 05495
Tel: 802-876-5010 802-876-5011
This report presents statistics and information on the state of young child and family well-being in Vermont in 2016. Information is provided in chapters that address family and social relationships, health and development, safety, early care and learning, and family economic well-being. Key findings indicate: 64% of Vermont children are living in two-parent households; 26.3% of Vermont children ages 6-11 experienced adverse childhood experiences in 2011-2012; Vermont tied Massachusetts in having the lowest percent of uninsured children in the country; the percent of children under age 3 receiving full series of vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control reached a record high of 76% in 2015; in 2014, only 25% of Vermont children in the CHAMP (Children’s Health Advances Measured in Practice) network received all three recommended developmental screenings by age 3; there was an increase of Vermont children under the age of 9 in protective custody to 9 per 1,000 in 2014, and 13 per 1,000 for children under the age of 3; the percent of Vermont families with children under the age of five who live in poverty showed a statistically significant decline from 19% in 2009 to 9.6% in 2015; the percent of families living in poverty in the US and in Vermont has decreased since 2013; and the average time that children under age 18 stay in publicly-funded homeless shelters in Vermont has increased to a record high of 39 days. The report also provides information on a dashboard comprised of key indicators for each of the 12 Building Futures Regional Councils, including child population, STARS participation, immunization rates, and children in DCF custody. Promising practices are highlighted and the report closes with recommendations from Vermont’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care.
Vermont; preschool children; poverty; early brain development; state programs; child health; well being; family characteristics; early intervention programs; statistics; foster children; child abuse