Caledonia & Southern Essex Regional Council Recap – January 2018

Dawn Powers
Caledonia, Essex and Orleans Regional Coordinator
Building Bright Futures




Regional Council Meetings: At our December 18, 2017 BBF Regional Council meeting, we took time to celebrate our accomplishments and acknowledge the great work that is happening in our region. We also discussed two very important issues impacting children and families – child care expulsion and the closure of the CDC child development clinics in St. Johnsbury. On January 16th, Regional Council meeting, we invited Christel Michaud, Director of Child Care Licensing- DCF-CDD, who presented information on the new childcare regulations and how to achieve compliance with licensing regulations. We had 22 childcare providers and community partners in attendance.

Professional Development: The Professional Development grant that was received through Vermont Birth to Five concluded on December 31, 2017. We were able to offer many high-quality training opportunities including those required to meet new child care licensing regulations. In addition, we offered local support to childcare providers through our contract with Little Dippers Doodle Children’s Center. Technical support for providers included help navigating resources, assistance with STARS applications, and CDA paperwork etc.

Note: we needed to reschedule the Running on Empty: The Impact of Compassion Fatigue’ training presented by Hannah Rose. The new date for this workshop is Saturday, Marth 10th at Riverside School in Lyndonville from 10 AM to 2:30 PM. The cost of the workshop is $10 and will count as four hours of Advanced Specialized Care Training hours. For more information, or to register, please contact Marie Sullivan at

Promise Community – The Lyndon Promise Community has a signed contract from the state. With this development, we are now in the process of advertising our Lyndon Resource Coordinator position, as well as a web designer for the development of our ‘All Things Lyndon’ website. In addition, we are taking applications for the ‘Lyndon Parent’s Lead’ Leadership program. The anticipated kick-off for the leadership program will be mid-February 2018 and will be a 20-week program. For more information about the Lyndon Promise Community initiatives, contact Dawn Powers at

St. Johnsbury Promise Community: The Family Place at the St. Johnsbury School is a Promise Community grant recipient. They are in their seventh month of operations and have two active playgroups (Monday and Thursday) for St. Johnsbury parents with children from birth to age six. In addition, they have hosted various workshops, with a seven-week parent event series beginning in February 2018. The Community Health Worker (CHW) funded by the grant had an active caseload of 35 families and 36 children this past quarter – providing assistance and resources to these families. The mission of The Family Place is to provide families with the opportunity to access coordinated trauma-informed learning and support with the goal of making their families better, stronger and more resilient.

NEK Bright Futures Regional Dinner Event– Building Bright Futures helped with the coordination of the NEK Bright Futures Regional dinner sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics – Vermont Chapter, Vermont Child Health Improvement Project (VCHIP) and the Vermont Department of Health held on December 6, 2017. It was held at the Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center. We had 34 medical providers and community partners attend. Participants were introduced to the 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. There were rich conversations about how practices/ programs were currently promoting developmental and social determinants of health screenings for children across settings. It was a great opportunity to learn from peers while strengthening relationships between clinical providers and community partners to enhance access to community resources.

Dabble Day 2018: Our 11th Annual Dabble Day is scheduled for March 17, 2018 from 9:30 am- 12 Noon at the St. Johnsbury School. Dabble Day is a fun-filled, resource-rich day for young children birth to eight years old and their families.  It is sponsored by Building Bright Futures in collaboration with community partners. For more information, contact Dawn Powers, BBF Regional Coordinator at

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