Childhood experiences have a tremendous impact on the future of Vermont’s children and families. Early experiences, providing the foundation for lifelong physical and mental health, are an important public health issue. Vermont’s Parent Child Centers (PCCs) have a mandate from the legislature to strengthen protective factors in families and are often the first to partner with them to overcome adversity and enhance resiliency. Family challenges have grown exponentially, yet PCC funding has not. Investment in prevention and early intervention services PCCs provide, via their eight core services, is imperative. The Alliance supports the PCC Network’s request to incrementally increase state funding to the Master Grant to total $10 million for all 15 network PCCs. In FY ’21, PCCs are requesting a $4 million increase.
Data and Talking Points
- The Eight Core Services the PCCs provide to families with young children are directly in line with the Center for Disease Control’s recommended strategies for preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences and building resiliency.
- Research has proven that prevention services targeted at reducing and treating ACEs can dramatically reduce long term health care costs. The PCCs use a family-centered, multi-generational, strength-based approach that both treats and prevents ACEs in families.
- 85% of parents participating in parent education at the Springfield PCC “feel more capable of handling their child’s behavior and are less stressed.”
- 94% of individuals needing health insurance at the NECKA- St. Johnsbury PCC were successfully enrolled by Health Connect Navigators.
- 141 families, reaching 502 children and adults, were provided emergency assistance with rent, fuel, utilities, food, gas, diapers, and clothing through the Lamoille Family Center.
- 92% of families receiving supervised visitation services at the Orange County PCC were able to retain custody of their children.