Strong, supportive communities and healthy social and family relationships can tip the scale in favor of healthy development, which can build resilience to overcome toxic stress. One outcome measure that begins to show our collective impact in this area is whether children are flourishing. The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) measures this by asking parents about behavior characteristics depending on the age of the child.

56% of Vermont’s children 6 months to 5 years old meet all 4 characteristics (items) of flourishing [1].

20% of children between the ages of 6 and 8 meet all 3 characteristics (items) of flourishing [2].

Return to the Table of Contents for the 2019 How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families? report.

1. The United States Census Bureau (2019). National Survey of Children’s Health. 2016, 2017, 2018. Indicator 2.3
Analyses of the 2016-2018 NSCH multi-year weighted data was conducted by Laurin Kasehagen, MA, PhD, an epidemiology assignee to the Vermont Department of Health.

2. ibid