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Healthy Families

Healthy Peninsula envisions a community where all families with young children have the support and opportunities that they need to prepare children entering kindergarten to be socially, emotionally, and physically ready to learn.

Data support the theory that when children have high-quality pre-kindergarten educational and social experiences, they are more likely to leave school ready for post-secondary learning opportunities.

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Vanessa Hatch

Healthy Families Coordinator

I’m excited to join Healthy Peninsula as the Healthy Families Coordinator.  I am a fierce advocate for quality child care and our community members who own and run their own child care facilities.  I am well aware of the challenges of working parents on the peninsula. One of my immediate goals in my position is to help parents and guardians find child care options to improve the lives and wellbeing of both the parents and children.

 Just For The Health Of It 
Episode Features Vanessa Hatch,
Healthy Families Coordinator

Vanessa Hatch recently joined Anne West, Executive Director at the Island Health & Wellness Foundation as a guest on their Just For The Health Of It community discussions podcast. 


They had a wonderful conversation about Healthy Peninsula, Healthy Families initiatives,  Vanessa's goals and what a typical day looks like for Vanessa.   You can listen by clicking here:

Early Childhood Interest Group

Learn about our Interest Group.

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Baby Bags

Healthy Peninsula is excited to be working with community partners and members to bring baby bags to families who are welcoming newborns!  

Early Childhood Events Newsletter Spring / Summer 2023

If you have a service or event you would like included, please email Vanessa here! 

Our newsletters include local events, activities, resources and organizations related to children and their families.


Read Newsletter Back Issues

Early Childhood Facebook Group

Join our Island & Peninsula Family Connections group on Facebook.

Everyone is Welcome!

Early Childhood Interest Group

A report conducted and compiled about Early Childhood on the Blue Hill Peninsula, Deer Isle and Stonington in 2018.


Click here to view a PDF file of this report.

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How Are The Children?

Our 'How Are The Children?' campaign was developed by trusted people living on the Blue Hill peninsula and island towns who care about children and how they grow—parents and grandparents, childcare providers, teachers, healthcare workers, and others who work with children and families every day.

Click here to read more!

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