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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.

How Are The Children?

Healthy Peninsula is proud to announce our community's new, local informational campaign, based on cutting edge research and age-old wisdom. It is a campaign developed by trusted people living in 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.

Early Childhood Interest Group

Learn about our Interest Group.

Family Resource Center

Healthy Peninsula is proud to offer a multi-faceted approach to distributing information and resources for our community.  Access our Family Resource Center Brochure.

Early Childhood Events Newsletter

Did you miss our Late Summer edition of Little Sapling News? Click below to read the newsletter and sign up for our Mailchimp mailing list to get them live to your inbox! 


If you have a service or event you would like included, please let us know. Our newsletters include local events, activities, resources and organizations related to children and their families.


Read the Late Summer 2021 Newsletter

Read Newsletter Back Issues

Early Childhood Facebook Group

Join our Peninsula Birth–5 Activities & Tips group on Facebook. Enrollment is open to everyone.

Community Profile

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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