Lamoille Family Center Wins Turrell Fund S. Whitney Landon Award
A check for $25,000 was presented at the Turrell Fund Day for Children

(Shelburne, Vermont, June 12, 2018…) The Turrell Fund presented its 23rd annual S. Whitney Landon Award to the Lamoille Family Center for their program, DULCE –Developmental Understanding and Legal Collaboration for Everyone. The award included an unrestricted grant of $25,000.  Two other grants in the amount of $2,500 were granted to Trinity Children’s Center and Winooski Family Center.

DULCE Lamoille is part of a national initiative, and is the only rural site in the country. This innovative primary prevention model brings together an interdisciplinary team to support families with children birth to age six months, and includes medical, legal, and human service professionals.

All families with newborns that are patients of Appleseed Pediatrics in Morrisville, are offered DULCE services. The family specialist from the Parent Child Center meets with the family and the medical provider during their well-child visits. The family specialist helpsfamilies with issues that impact their child’s health and well-being, including parenting and child development concerns, transportation, housing, and mental health issues.

Early indicators of success have inspired conversations about spreading this program to other areas of the State, explained Floyd Nease, Executive Director, Lamoille Family Center. “The S. Whitney Landon Award gives DULCE an additional boost of recognition to help with these replication efforts.  We are very grateful to the Turrell Fund.”  

The Turrell Fund supports programs for young children throughout Vermont and in four counties of New Jersey.