Health and Safety in Child Care And Early Learning

Health and Safety in Child Care And Early Learning

High quality early experiences promote brain development, socio-emotional skills and support learning for children so that they will succeed in school. In Vermont almost 13,000 children under the age of 3 need some form of child care. 70% of Vermont children under the age of 6 have both parents in the work force.  High quality child care programs help children learn healthy habits and promote health behaviors associated with lifelong health.


For Parents and Caregivers

Vermont’s Childcare Wellness Consultants are trained Registered Nurses who are available to early care and education programs in Vermont for guidance and expertise around a comprehensive list of health and safety topics. For more information, keep reading.

For Child Care Providers         

To help assure that children in your care can learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment, the Vermont Department of Health, in collaboration with the Department for Children and Families, is available to provide guidance on current health and safety standards and best practice. 

The Child Care Wellness Consultant Program is in transition. The program, funded by Vermont's Early Learning Challenge Grant and managed by the Vermont Department of Health since 2014, ended on December 31, 2017. Medication Administation Trainings (MAT), a positive and lasting product from this effort, will be continued and transitioned to Vermont's Early Childhood Comprehensive Development System - Northern Lights at Community College of Vermont (CVV) - effective January 2018. We continue to plan for how to best offer and sustain ongoing phone and on-site health consultation and other technical assistance and support for child care and early learning programs. For the foreseeable future, Maternal and Child Health nurses in the Vermont Department of Health District Offices will be available to child care and early learning programs and professionals for questions regarding health and safety issues and connections to community health resources. Contact information for each region is included below.

Many thanks for your commitment to the health and safety of Vermont's youngest children and families. 

Office Contact Phone Email Address
Barre Debbie Sanguinetti 802-479-4200
Bennington Debby Dutcher 802-447-3531
Brattleboro Deb Kitzmiller 802-257-2880
Burlington Alysha Magnant 802-863-7323
Middlebury Megan Worthington 802-388-4644
Morrisville Wendy Hubbord 802-888-7447
Newport Jim Biernat 802-334-6707
Rutland Jennifer Wedin 802-786-5911
Springfield Sarah Orr 802-289-0600
St. Albans Heather Simkins 802-524-7970
St. Johnsbury Cynthia Briggs 802-748-5151
White River Junction Pat Ralston 802-295-8820
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