VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Partners with Pajama Program to Help Children Get Better Sleep

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region is pleased to partner with Pajama Program, a national nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine and healthy sleep to help children thrive. Pajama Program donated 110 sets of pajamas and age-appropriate books for children who receive nurse home visits in either Strong Families Vermont or Children’s Integrated Services.  Both of these programs are part of the agency’s Maternal Child Health division, which provides various services from prenatal education through early childhood.

“The value of reading to children cannot be understated,” said Heidi Gillespie, RN and Clinical Manager of Children & Family Services. “As part of our home visiting program, we educate and encourage families to start reading with their children at birth. It fosters a bond between parent and child and promotes speech and language development. Through the generosity of Pajama Program, we are excited to bring cozy pajamas and age-appropriate books to the children and families we serve. For many of our families who face financial challenges and hardships, a new pair of pajamas and a new book will have a great impact.”

Masked woman holding books and pajamas
woman holding books and pajamas at VNA & Hospice sign on property

“The value of reading to children cannot be understated,”
~Heidi Gillespie, RN and Clinical Manager of Children & Family Services.

“The value of reading to children cannot be understated,” said Heidi Gillespie, RN and Clinical Manager of Children & Family Services.  “Sleep is just as important to children’s development as proper nutrition and exercise,” said Carol Ripple, Chief Program Officer at Pajama Program. “By providing cozy pajamas and inspiring storybooks, we give children and caregivers the tools for fostering a comforting bedtime routine that leads to healthy sleep. Our vision is Good Nights for Good Days for all children, everywhere.”

“We are incredibly grateful to partner with Pajama Program. A comforting bedtime routine for children is critically important to help them thrive and grow,” said Sara C. King, CEO. “As a not-for-profit, community-based home health and hospice agency that provides a lifetime of services, we are thankful for this partnership and we look forward to seeing the smiles on the faces of the recipients.”

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region is one of the State’s largest providers of home health and hospice services. Last year, 3,900 individuals received services from the agency from newborns to individuals over 100.

About Pajama Program

Pajama Program is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine and healthy sleep for all children to help them thrive. We provide new pajamas and storybooks, sleep health education, and caring connections to ensure that children facing adversity—including low family income, housing insecurity, and family instability—have the tools they need for better bedtimes. Since 2001, Pajama Program has delivered over 7.5 million Good Nights for Good Days. Pajama Program provides information, materials, and support to children and their caregivers through a national network of volunteers and partnerships with 4,000 community-based organizations across the United States, including Puerto Rico. Pajama Program also provides local programming in New York City, Atlanta, and metro-Detroit.