Rutland County Regional Council Recap – May 2018

Darla Senecal
Addison & Rutland Regional Coordinator
Building Bright Futures




The Rutland council continues its preparations for the Building Blocks for Early Literacy training. This professional development opportunity is offered free of charge through the Stern Center for Language and Learning and thanks to the generosity of The Turrell Fund, Bay & Paul Foundation, and the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence.

Training will take place on Aug. 11, 2018 9am-4pm at the Rutland Free Library. Professional Development will be provided in the areas of:

  • Early literacy research
  • Language development
  • Shared book reading emphasizing vocabulary development
  • Phonological awareness
  • Speech-to-print connection including alphabet knowledge
  • Executive Function

  Participants in the training will receive:

  • 7 Hours of Professional Development
  • BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® Manual Children’s Books

In other work in Rutland: The Trauma Avengers Team has been assembled. The group consists of community partners from area schools, Rutland United Way, Dept. of Health, Mentor Connector, Rutland Mental Health Agency among others.  The Avengers are tasked with informing Rutland County community groups about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and the impact on child health and to supply each community with a tool kit and resources to develop their own organic support. To date the team has hosted several showings of the films “Resilience” & “Paper Tigers” along with discussion groups. There have also been several deep dive trainings into the subject offered by Caprice Hover of Rutland County United Way and Chris Hultquist of Mentor Connector.

The Castleton Area Child Providers Network held an event to celebrate the Month of the Young Child on May 19 with a theme of “Nursery Rhymes”.  Children were encouraged to decorate a pot and plant a seed, go fishing in the “pond”, build their own story with Legos, play with the water wheel, make slime and so much more. The day was filled with music giggles and fun.

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