Springfield Regional Council Recap – May 2018
The Springfield Area Regional Building Bright Futures council learned more about the new role that Vermont Birth to Five is playing in the early childhood field and some of their new goals around child care capacity. This is a concern that the region understands well with many noting difficulty filling vacant positions in both child care and other early childhood fields such as mental health. The region also spent some time trying to gain a better understanding of what quality infant care looks like and how to better support providers. The council also spent some time reflecting on what has been accomplished and what strategies we would like to improve on.
The month of April was a particularly busy month for the Springfield Area Council in that it helped host four community events. The Time for A Change Diaper Bank held a “Diaper Dump” event where we collected over 2,000 diapers to help resupply the diaper bank. We also held two showings of the movie out for families “Inside Out” in partnership with 2 libraries, the Springfield Area Parent Child Center and the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union. The Council helped to sponsor and have an activity at the 25th Annual Family Festival followed by the first Touch-a-Truck event. The Council has focused on promoting developmentally appropriate activities with an education component at family events in its action plan and we were so pleased to be able to provide so many events that met this goal during the month of April.