Central Vermont Regional Council Recap – September 2017
Central Vermont’s BBF Council took the summer off, but the Steering Committee worked together to meet with the Lamoille Steering Committee in an effort to align activities and strengthen their voice in the Early Childhood Community.
Work advanced on implementation of the Barre Promise Community, between nine partners – some of who had not worked together but were drawn to collaboration through the Promise Community process – which is wonderful.
Other noteworthy work in the region was initiated by the Barre Supervisory Union in concert with Vermont Birth to Five (VB5). An extraordinary two months of work by Sandra Cameron, of Barre Supervisory Union, together with the twelve Supervisory Unions of the Winooski Valley, has resulted in a standardization of PreK invoicing, payment, a common agreement template, and meeting schedules that have allowed 40 private PreK providers and 13 public PreK providers to work much more smoothly. This new PreK collaborative may well be a model for other regions new to this level of organization.
Lastly, the third Promise Community Cohort is gaining steam in Northfield, and is looking forward to creating a central playground for young families and children. Part of the Promise Community work has focused around finding solutions to childcare capacity as well, as there are only two regulated childcare providers in the town.