Orleans & Northern Essex Regional Council Recap – November 2017
Shared region coordination position – Beginning October 2, 2017 Orleans/Northern Essex and Caledonia/Southern Essex began a pilot initiative with a shared region coordination model, with Dawn Powers serving as regional coordinator for both Caledonia/Southern Essex and Orleans/Northern Essex. With the expansion of the coordinator’s service area comes both challenges and opportunities associated with this new approach. In our January 2018 council overview, we will have more feedback on both the challenges and opportunities connected to this interim delivery approach.
Addressing Child Care Capacity – The BBF Regional Coordinator and the NEKCA Parent Child Center (PCC) Director have met several times to discuss the child care capacity challenges in Orleans/Northern Essex. We have reviewed data and drafted an initial plan to assess both the need for quality child care options and how to create a sustainable early childhood workforce. We hope that this collaboration will lead to innovative ways of recruiting and sustaining child care providers in our region to help address the critical child care demand – especially for infants and toddlers.
Another strategy that BBF supported was the November 6, 2017 Advocacy training held at the North Country Career Center in Newport. This workshop was hosted by the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance, Northeast Kingdom Providers Association, Orleans/Northern Essex Building Bright Futures Regional Council, and the Let’s Grow Kids Action Team. It helped participants understand the legislative process and how it influences early childhood services and programs delivered in Vermont including the Child Care Financial Assistance Program. Participants learned how advocacy efforts can impact legislative decision making and expanded their own leadership skills to advocate for issues important to them.
NEK Bright Futures Regional Dinner Event– The BBF Regional Coordinator is working collaboratively with the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to promote a regional community dinner and conversation on December 6, 2017 to discuss the health of Vermont’s children. It will be held at Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center | 2559 Mountain Road, East Burke from 5:30p to 7:30 pm.
Three primary goals of this event will be to introduce the new Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (4th Ed.) as an important resource to individuals who care for children and families in our state; promote developmental and social determinants of health screenings for children in diverse settings, and build relationships between clinical providers and community partners to enhance access to resources. To RSVP for this event please contact Stephanie Winters by November 29 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-223-7898.