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The Vital Village Networks is committed to maximizing child, family, and community wellbeing. Since 2010, Vital Village has fostered partnerships between residents and organizations designed to improve the capacity of three Boston communities to promote child wellbeing and prevent early life adversities. 


The Network uses a trauma-informed lens to support systems alignment and collaboration across community-based early childhood health and education efforts. Focus areas include promoting family strengths and social connections during the preconception and prenatal period, peer-to-peer advocacy aimed to address social and material hardships, and innovations in early childhood education.

Emerging understanding of the far-reaching consequences of adversity in early life on child development, health, and educational outcomes motivates the Network’s aspiration to deepen community engagement within, and enhance collaboration between, its constituents across three Boston neighborhoods.


Vital Village’s community of practice mobilizes cross-sector collaborations, encourages collective learning, and cultivates stronger connections between residents and community-based organizations to co-design community systems-improvement efforts. Vital Village aims to pioneer a sustainable approach to setting-level improvements that advance equity, enhance family and community protective factors, and ultimately promote optimal wellbeing.


For more information about Vital Village and programs, please visit


Invest in Community Capacity Building: Your Support Can Make a Difference

Vital Village Network is funded by grants and private donations that support community capacity building, including cross-sector alignment, coalition building, community leadership development, data sharing, evaluation, and building research evidence to improve child wellbeing and prevent early life adversities. 

  • $25 sponsors participation in our virtual National Community Leadership Summit

  • $400 supports leadership development and engagement with a family for a year

  • $500 enables expansion of our online forum, resources and tools to promote equity

  • $2,000 provides 1 year of professional development for 10 community champions to co-lead child health equity initiatives.

  • $3,000 supports 1 year of podcasts, webinars, and curation of multi-media content to build the capacity of community leaders focused on health equity.

  • $4,400 covers annual licenses for data mapping software and hosting of participatory data dashboards that track benchmarks of child wellbeing

  • $5,000 supports language translation of materials and interpretation during meetings for a year

To make a donation online, click here:


To donate by check, please make checks payable to Vital Village Network and send to:

Vital Village Networks

Attention: Douglas Rockwell

Boston Medical Center

801 Albany Street, 2-N

Boston, MA 02119

We appreciate your support and thank you in advance for the impact your contribution will make on the trajectory for children, families, and communities! 

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