State of Vermont Archives: on Families & Children


Phil Scott: $800,000 for Guardians ad Litem for kids of drug addicts

We now have an entire generation of young Vermonters suffering the effects of their parents' drug use. We owe it to all of them--to make this right. We need to learn more, and find better ways to support these kids, and their families. As a start, I have invested nearly $800,000 to support the Guardian ad Litem program, and other services, so we have more trusted professionals advocating for the best interests of these children.

I know many dedicated legal advocates, counselors, families and teachers have been fighting for these kids behind the scenes for years. It's time to bring their needs, stories and challenges forward, and work together to give these kids the opportunities they deserve. That's why I will charge the Director of Drug Prevention Policy; the Opiate Coordination Council; the Agency of Education; and the Agency of Human Services with finding solutions for these kids. We cannot let this go unaddressed on our watch. We must not, and we will not, fail these children.

Source: 2017 Vermont State of the State address Jan 25, 2017

Phil Scott: $7.5 million for Child Care Financial Assistance

My budget directs $7.5 million of this to the Child Care Financial Assistance Program. I'm also proposing investment in competitive grants supporting early care and pre-K. We'll invest $1 million in full-day pre-K programs for high-poverty kids. And propose a $600,000 grant for the development of a model that helps childcare providers share services.

[In the school budget], I'm proposing we increase investment in early care and pre-K by $9.6 million.

Source: 2017 Vermont State of the State address Jan 25, 2017

Matt Dunne: Paid leave insurance policy to fund FMLA maternity leave

With one of the lowest wage gaps in the country, and the second highest percentage of women in state government, Vermont has a lot to be proud of in the fight for women's equality. That being said, we have much further to go.

My administration will commit wholeheartedly to paid family leave. Today, many mothers are forced to return to work soon after their child is born because they cannot support their family on the unpaid leave guaranteed by the national Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). But it doesn't have to be this way--[in states with] a state-run paid leave insurance policy, workers are able to take six weeks off to care for not only a newborn, but also a newly adopted child or an ill family member. Vermont needs to create a program that will bring not only economic security but will also ensure that women who chose to raise their kids full-time in the weeks after they give birth are not at a disadvantage in the workforce.

Source: 2016 Vermont gubernatorial campaign website MattDunne.com Mar 3, 2016

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