Central Vermont Regional Council Recap – March 2018

Steve Ames
Central Vermont & Lamoille Regional Coordinator
Building Bright Futures




The Council has been quite active this season with conversations, information sharing, and individual advocacy around the proposed changes to Universal Pre-K. Both the Council, and their sister council in the Lamoille Valley was energized and excited by the opportunity to provide feedback to the Agency of Education during the BBF feedback sessions. The meetings brought many new faces to the Council table!

The Central Vermont Regional Council meeting has served as a neutral table for broad and varied discussions about universal Pre-K over the last six months. It’s exciting to be able to learn from colleagues across the field about their experiences and ideas, as Universal Pre-K becomes part of the Vermont landscape.

The increased networking and sharing within the early childhood community around the Barre Promise Community has been a bright spot over the fall and winter. New partnerships – particularly with the Barre Rec department – and new opportunities for young families have been terrific outcomes from the Promise Community project.

The Council and its coordinator are looking forward to the first meeting of Central Vermont’s Accountable Community for Health in it’s newest format – here called “THRIVE”. The Council is pleased to be able to provide a voice for early childhood as part of this larger community health effort. As it becomes increasingly clear that the Social Determinants of Health overwhelmingly support positive long term health outcomes for all, BBF’s representation, and gentle encouragement to increase focus on early childhood over time, is critical.

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