Amy Mulherin, a teacher in the Winston Prouty toddler program in Brattleboro, gets two of her students dressed to go outside and play in the snow.
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Vermont lost about 25 percent of its home-based child care capacity in the past three years, and overall there are fewer child care slots now than there was when the state passed a universal prekindergarten law in 2014, according to a new report issued by the Joint Fiscal Office.

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The 2017 "How are Vermont’s Young Children and Families?" report paints a mixed picture in terms of economic well-being, access to services and a range of health indicators.

The report also underscores the impact of parental substance abuse in reported instances of child abuse and neglect and in the number of children in state custody.

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Adoption is emotional process that's even more layered when parents adopt a child from another culture. The family's attention to race, privilege, language and cultural expectations will be forever changed. Those are some of the themes of a current production by Vermont Stage.

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Finding affordable, high quality child care in Vermont is a big challenge – and it can leave Vermont parents feeling like they're out of options. Now, a commission formed to tackle the problem is out with new recommendations.


The Shumlin administration has called for an $8.4-million expansion of the state's child welfare system, including hiring more than 40 new workers. The Governor says a thinly-stretched DCF and other agencies need more resources to respond to Vermont's opiate addiction crisis. We're talking about the plan and the pressures on the state's child protection services.

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Father's Day is coming up this weekend. We're devoting this show to talking about fatherhood - the challenges and rewards, and how the role of a father has changed over the years. Can you teach someone to be a better father? What's special about the relationship between a dad and a child? And how could we change our culture to make it easier to be a good father?

A non-profit agency that provides settings for supervised parental visits with children whose families are in distress is being accused of financial mismanagement by the Vermont Attorney General. The agency, Emerge, monitors family visits at facilities in White River Junction and Bellows Falls, Vermont, and in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Most families are charged between $10 and $30 an hour for these visits, depending on their income. Domestic abuse victims need not pay fees.

Making Kids Count

Jul 25, 2014
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Vermont ranks second in the country in child well being. That’s according to the most-recent Kids Count Data Book, which is published annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The state is among the top 10 in all four of the ranked categories – economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

Voices for Vermont’s Children Research Associate Sarah Teel and Marianne Miller, Head Start and Early Head Start director for Capstone Community Action Council, discuss the report’s findings and look at areas of well-being that still have children’s advocates concerned.