Encouraging Child Development

Did you know that 80% of a child’s brain develops by age 3 and 90% by age 5?

By encouraging families to read to and interact with their children from the time of birth, GMUW will be able to assist those children to be at the same learning level as their peers in the early school years, to graduate from high school, and enter the workforce in a more stable and confident way.

Our goal is to help children learn more easily through good reading and communication skills. Consequently, our assistance to adults who have always been behind because of poor reading skills will reduce the cost to taxpayers. It is proven that every dollar invested in quality early care and education saves taxpayers $13.00 in future costs.

Because children who are struggling readers at the end of the first grade have a one in eight chance of ever catching up, it is imperative that we provide them with the resources they need to become good readers in their early, formative years.

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Increasing Vermont’s Health

Did you know that 11% of Vermonters are considered to be in poor physical health? 6 out of 10 Vermonters are considered to be overweight or obese.

GMUW is working to help people become healthier so that these percentages can be reduced and chronic illnesses like cardiovascular, Type II diabetes, hypertension and some cancers can be avoided.

Better physical health for our people means their adopting better health practices and behaviors like eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and engaging in regular physical activity.

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