This Issue Update newsletter is part of a series that provides more information on each priority issue on the Alliance's 2020 Legislative Agenda. The Legislative Agenda is crafted annually in partnership with early childhood organizations that are advancing legislative policy solutions related to health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education. The 12 priority issues were selected by the Alliance's 21 member Steering Committee.
Parent Child Center Network Master Grant
Parent Child Centers (PCCs) deliver critical and essential services to families with young children through a Master Grant agreement with the Department for Children and Families. However, the Master Grant is not funded at the level of cost of providing these services. The Eight Core Services that the PCCs provide to families and young children help to build the five protective factors that are known to strengthen family resilience and prevent adverse outcomes. The state should provide adequate funding to ensure that families get the services they need and that PCCs can be the resource they were intended to be when they were established by the legislature.
The Alliance supports the PCC Network’s request that the state increase their Master Grant funding to a total of $10 million for the statewide network of 15 PCCs. The PCC Network also requests that future appropriations be adjusted to consider inflationary pressures and any services added to the Master Grant agreement.
Specifically, this year, the PCC Network is asking for an increase of $4 million in their base funding to get us closer to our goal of $10 million base funding. This increase would help PCCs to attract and retain a highly qualified workforce, keep standards of quality high, and ensure that all families with young children can get the full suite of services and supports they need to thrive and get their children off to a great start in life.
Continue reading for more information on this priority issue, including data and talking points, connections to the lead organization and other partners, and advocacy tools.
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.
Adequately Fund Parent Child Centers' State Service Delivery
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 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 Vermont PCC Network includes 15 centers around the state that help families make sure children get off to a healthy start. Services include early childhood services, home visits to families with young children, playgroups, parent education, parent support, and information and referral.
Contact your legislator to tell them about the importance of funding PCCs.
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The Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance is a statewide coalition formed in 2000 of early childhood professionals, parents, organizations, businesses, and strategic partners committed to improving public policies that impact young children between birth and age eight in the areas of health, safety, food security, economic security, and early care and education.
The Alliance crafts an annual Legislative Agenda in partnership with early childhood organizations, provides year-round advocacy support, and facilitates meaningful interactions with policymakers at key times during the decision making process.