Central Vermont Regional Council Recap – May 2018

Steve Ames
Central Vermont & Lamoille Regional Coordinator
Building Bright Futures




Central Vermont’s BBF Council has refocused on our Action Plan and affirmed several areas of concentration for the next year, including increased efforts around building child care capacity, and establishing the council’s new role as part of the nascent Accountable Community for Health: THRIVE. BBF has been identified as a potential Community Action Network for THRIVE with an outcome metric of “kids are ready for kindergarten”. This metric aligns nicely with the council’s and its partners work across the field.

Keep your eye out for a blog about the great pediatric partnership between UVM/Central Vermont Medical Center and Washington County Mental Health. Through this work, we are offering expanded family supports embedded in the Pediatric Primary Care practice in Berlin. This exciting pilot program includes an opportunity to offer families with children aged 0 through 36 months a screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a follow up meeting with family support specialists who can provide a menu of options, including information and referrals, parenting information, and connections to community supports.

The Promise Communities in Central Vermont include the second cohort Barre team, and a third cohort in Northfield. We’ve been pleased to see strong collaboration between traditional and new partners in the Barre community this spring, and are ready to support the new projects in Northfield.

Finally, we’re working on a project to support the growth of child care capacity in Central Vermont by using remaining Early Learning Challenge dollars assigned to the region to support individual teacher training as well as working however we can to support grantees from VB5’s recent Make Way for Kids child care capacity grant round.

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