Our History and Our Future
We are honored to carry the name of Janet S. Munt and her legacy of good work in continuing to support children and families at the Family Room.
For over 30 years, the Family Room has provided education, support, and connection for parents and promoted physical, social, emotional and linguistic development in children. Our services combat social isolation and post-partum depression, empower fathers to take an active role in their children’s lives, improve school readiness in young children, prevent abuse and neglect, encourage better nutrition, and support those who suffer from substance abuse.
Janet S. Munt
Our center is named for Janet S. Munt, a pioneering social worker and Vermont senator who advocated tirelessly for the needs of low-income families and especially women and children. Munt understood the need for holistic services, and that supporting parents and caregivers in making good choices for themselves and their children was of paramount importance to the health of the community.
The Janet S. Munt Family Room was incorporated on June 9, 2017 as a non-profit IRS Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Originally founded as a program of the Visiting Nurses of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties in 1988, it became an independent parent-child center on July 1, 2017. It is overseen by a Board of Directors and the operations are carried out by full and part time paid staff, parents, and community volunteers.