Central Vermont Regional Council Recap – July 2018

Steve Ames
Central Vermont & Lamoille Regional Coordinator
Building Bright Futures




Central Vermont’s Accountable Community for Health has taken a bold step to establish its first project, which is to increase Social Connectedness. While it might seem like a overwhelming and vague goal, it is fundamental to the health of any population. As many of us know, Social Connectedness has direct correlation with life expectancy, with resilience, and mental health (among other things). Communities that have strong social connectedness are safer, healthier and have better educational outcomes as well. While a big task, it feels like the most important one. The BBF Council is pleased to be part of the effort.

We’ve just released an abbreviated survey as an application to expend $5,000 to support professional development for child care providers and trainings for centers and other groups supporting early childhood in Central Vermont. For those connected to the region, please encourage folks to apply for support: The quick application can be found here. (and here: https://goo.gl/forms/CDXcQqhyL9f7tqz63).

Our goal to provide broad and actionable information about the legislative process affecting Early Childhood has resulted in increasingly rich connections with our legislators in both the Lamoille and Central Vermont region. A busy season of testifying in committee, trainings from the Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance, and rich conversations with partners from different constituencies have helped Council members to understand effective governance. We look forward to being even better partners in the process in the year ahead.

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