Caledonia & Southern Essex Regional Council Recap – March 2018

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




Regional Council Meetings: At our February 19, 2018 BBF Regional Council meeting, we held a public forum to gather feedback on the Act 166 recommendations and proposed legislative changes. We had 26 individuals join us to share feedback to help inform the State BBF report to the legislature provided in early March 2018.

At our March 16th meeting, we invited Joanne Rouleau, the Resource Advisor for Northern Lights at the Community College of Vermont to present to our group. We had 12 council members learn more about upcoming trainings in our region and had an opportunity to ask questions about the new early childhood professional development system.

Professional Development:  Professional Development continues to be a priority in our region. We have hosted the following trainings in March of 2018:

‘Running on Empty: The Impact of Compassion Fatigue’ training presented by Hannah Rose on Saturday, Marth 10th at Riverside School in Lyndonville from 10 AM – 2:30 PM. We had 30 participants who received four hours of Advanced Specialized Care Training hours.

BBF of Caledonia/Southern Essex collaborated with Springfield College at the St. Johnsbury campus to bring another professional development opportunity to our region. It was called ‘No Digging Required: Treasures (Free Resources) for Supporting Each Young Child and Family”. The workshop was presented by Camille Catlett from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The session was designed to assist early childhood professionals with accessing evidenced-based resources to support all of the children and families in their care. We had 14 individuals in attendance.

Promise Community – The Lyndon Promise Community has hired the All Things Lyndon (ATL) Resource Coordinator, Katie Powers, who is busy meeting partners and planning events and activities in the community. In addition, the ATL Resource Coordinator and ATL sub-committee are reviewing website proposals and will soon be getting ready to work on the development of the community website with a tentative late spring launch. For more information about the Lyndon Promise Community initiatives, contact Katie Powers at

St. Johnsbury Promise Community: The mission of The Family Place is to provide families with the opportunity to access coordinated trauma-informed learning and to support with the goal of making their families better, stronger, and more resilient. The Family Place continues to be busy with two playgroups on Monday and Thursday each week. They are currently offering a seven-week Conscious Discipline Parent Night program with 12 families (18 parents) and 20 children regularly attending. The children stay in the Family Place with caregivers while their parents go to another room for the program. The team is now planning several spring workshops (warm weather fire safety and another first aid workshop). However, a great deal of time is now being focused on grant writing to secure continuing funding for the program. For more information about the St. Johnsbury Promise Community initiatives, contact Martha Hill at

Dabble Day 2018: Our 11th Annual Dabble Day was held on 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, sponsored by our BBF Regional Council in collaboration with community partners. This year, we had over 72 volunteers (representing 30 agencies) host activities for children and families to engage in. We had a total of 356 children and adults (215 children and 141 adults) in attendance. We served approximately 110 families from 24 different towns (Barnet, Burke, Concord Danville, East Burke, East Haven, East Ryegate, Kirby, Lyndon, Lyndonville, Lunenburg, Newport, North Danville, Orleans, Passumpsic, Ryegate, Sheffield, St. Johnsbury, Sutton, Walden, Waterford, West Danville, West Burke and Whitefield). 

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