Through good nutrition, WIC helps ensure optimal health outcomes for pregnant people, new parents, and families with infants and young children.
We partner with the Department for Children and Families Child Development Division to deliver a comprehensive system of voluntary home visiting in Vermont. While there can be some variation regarding eligibility or length of service, all home visiting includes trained professionals – nurses, social workers, child development specialists and more – who meet regularly with expectant parents or caregivers with young children in their homes. Home visitors partner with parents and caregivers to tailor services and resources to best meet the unique needs of each family.
Core funding for Vermont’s Maternal and Child Health division comes from the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Find helpful information and resources to support individuals who are breastfeeding and their families.
Childhood experiences, positive or negative, can have a major impact on long-term growth and development, and health. Negative or adverse childhood experiences can contribute to chronic disease, including mental and emotional conditions, in adulthood. These negative experiences are often referred to as toxic stress or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant (SUDI) is any infant death that is unexpected and initially unexplained. Frequently, the cause of the death is determined after a thorough investigation and autopsy by a medical examiner and coroner.
Vermont’s maternal and child health strategic priorities and programming are informed by data.
Vermont’s strategic plan for maternal and child health represents key priorities for the next several years. While this is not a comprehensive list of all of our programs, it addresses program areas where we hope to expand and measures of health that we seek to improve. The Maternal and Child Health strategic plan is aligned with the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant framework.