VERMONT’S EARLY CHILDHOOD FRAMEWORK
OUR COMMITMENT TO REALIZING THE PROMISE OF EVERY VERMONT CHILD
The Early Childhood Framework represents Vermont’s commitment to ensure that our young children grow up happy, healthy and ready for a lifetime of learning.
SIX GOALS ARE THE HEART OF THE FRAMEWORK
- Goal 1: A Healthy Start for All Children
- Goal 2: Families and Communities Play a Leading Role
- Goal 3: High-Quality Opportunities for All Children
- Goal 4: Invest Now for Our Future
- Goal 5: Know We’re Making a Difference
- Goal 6: An Innovative and Connected System
Goal 1: A Healthy Start for All Children
Ensure Early Identification of all young children in order to diagnose and provide early therapeutic interventions.
Early identification and diagnosis of children with special health needs is critical in order to provide early therapeutic interventions, thus helping ensure the best possible start for young Vermonters. Poor health in childhood can cast long shadows later in life and funnel tens of thousands of children and youth to a life of chronic illness, poverty and violence.
Goal 2: Families and Communities Play a Leading Role
Protect children and connect families to resources, both formal and informal.
Family relationships are critically important to children. As the number of adverse childhood experiences (ACE) increases, the risk of developing significant health and development problems increases in a strong and graded fashion…
Goal 3: High-Quality Opportunities for All Children
Ensure Every Vermont Child, no matter the Geography of their Birth, enters Kindergarten Ready for Success.
Myriad studies reveal that those enrolled in high quality early education are more likely to complete higher levels of education, have higher earnings, be in better health and be in stable relationships, and less likely to commit a crime or be incarcerated. In fact, attainment of a high school diploma is the single most effective preventive strategy against adult poverty.
Goal 4: Invest Now for Our Future
Make an investment in prevention and plans for the future success of children
While Vermont has made significant progress in improving early childhood programs, there remains ample room for improvement to ensure every child receives recommended screenings and access to services. We must harness the power of Vermont’s communities and the state legislature to improve systems to continue to aid families, educators and those who can influence the lives of our children.
Goal 5: Know We’re Making a Difference
Data and accountability drive progress in early childhood outcomes.
A program, service or initiative meant to help kids and families can sound great and seem like it will make a real difference in their lives. But how do we really know? Both funders and practitioners want to know that the significant time, effort and resources put in to these programs are leading to positive and lasting outcomes for children and families. But are they?
Goal 6: An Innovative and Connected System
Ensure coordinated efforts of public and private stakeholders meet the needs of Vermonters and Families.
Vermont needs a system to link the broad array of already existing programs and services that respond to challenges facing children and families. These include employment, housing, transportation, and the basic necessities required to ensure economic security and family stability.