Southeast Vermont Regional Council Recap – November 2017

Chad Simmons
Southeast Vermont Regional Coordinator
Building Bright Futures




With an updated regional council action plan, the council spent October and November discussing and working on regional priorities. During our October council meeting, we reviewed data, discussed current initiatives and planned future activities to promote a robust age 0-8 care and learning continuum. In November, we discussed the VT Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance legislative agenda and ways council members can participate in efforts in the coming year. We also explored how a number of key issues including CCFAP, CIS and public Pre-K may be impacted by legislative action. Finally, the Making It Work committee continued efforts to support family friendly workplace policies and increased availability of child care for families in the workforce. The committee is supporting ongoing efforts to bring employers, funders and organizations together in the coming months.

Key Events

Some key events and success from the past two months:

Parent skill share on safety, poverty, and substance use

The Regional Coordinator facilitated a parent skill share in October in order to improve how parents discuss safety, poverty and substance use with their children. More than 30 people attended. A follow-up event is planned with partner organizations to support improved safety in downtown Brattleboro and cross-class dialogues.

Help Me Grow presentation & discussion

In collaboration with our region’s VT Maternal Child Health Coordinator and the Help Me Grow team, we organized a discussion on accessing, using, and promoting Help Me Grow across the region. Participants were provided with data, stories, materials, and resources to integrate into existing regional systems.

Regional Promise Community Projects Hiring

Both the Green Street Promise Community (GSPC) and Guilford Promise Community (Community Collaborative 4 Guilford) hired a coordinator to facilitate projects and increase connection between families and the organizations that serve them.

Critical Issues

Ongoing critical issues include:

  • Availability of good paying jobs that allows for families to live and work in Windham County
  • Housing affordability and availability
  • The continued strain on our family serving system due to the number of children in DCF custody
  • The complexity, pervasiveness, and visibility of substance use disorder
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