Lamoille Regional Council Recap – November 2017

Steve Ames
Central Vermont & Lamoille Regional Coordinator
Building Bright Futures




Each fall the Council reviews the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance’s legislative agenda and defines for itself those issues that are particularly pressing for children and families in the region. This fall we’ve had good council from Matt Levin, of the Alliance, and from several of our legislators including Dan Noyes and Dave Yacavone. The Council reiterated the importance of bringing the Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP) up to date, supporting the TEACH workforce development programs, and addressing homelessness in the Region. 

As of Friday, homelessness measured by our partners at Capstone report, for the Lamoille Valley, counted 119 homeless individuals. That includes 4 seniors, 43 kids under 18, 18 kids under ten and 8 kids under six. We’ve begun work to advocate for solutions to homelessness here, particularly for young families.

A number of the Council members were on hand to help with the launch of the Bright Futures Pediatric Guidelines Fourth edition at the Country Club of Vermont with VDH, VCHIP, and the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It was a terrific presentation with significant excitement from the human services folks and from the medical folks about the potential for increased collaboration around referrals and support for the social determinants of health. Throughout the evening it became increasingly clear how important Help Me Grow is becoming as a support for both the pediatric community and for young families needing information and support.

Other areas of focus these last couple of meetings have been Pre-K licensure and the roll of the Council itself.

We were happy to welcome Maroni Minter to the Lamoille Valley as our LGK point person starting in November.

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