Franklin Grand Isle Regional Council Recap – January 2018

Margaret Maley
Franklin Grand Isle Regional Coordinator
Building Bright Futures




The Franklin/Grand Isle council has consistently seen over 10 committed members returning each month. Having a robust council attendance has propelled each committee forward and we are excited to continue to grow. Our welcome baby bag committee and diaper drive committee have made significant gains in planning and implementation, including choosing dates and identifying key partners.

The council has been working diligently to plan a diaper drive at various locations in the region. Three local Hannaford’s have been supportive in our efforts and are willing to be donation locations for diapers. Other local stores have been contacted and are willing to participate. Additional partners include all of the various organizations that are assisting in the planning and advertising of this community initiative. The diaper drive will run for two weeks beginning the week of March 12th.

Our local Parent Child Center is teaming up with Northwestern Medical Center once again for the annual Healthy Hearts on the Move event. This family friendly event, taking place on Saturday, February 10th at 9am at St. Albans City School, provides health screenings, activity stations, healthy snacks, and active play. The Parent Child Center will focus on engaging families in play and informing them of early childhood resources in the region including concrete supports, CIS services, parenting classes, and many others.

A subcommittee of the child care action team was formed to address strategies for recruiting high quality registered home providers in our region. This group has been tasked with organizing a free event series that will provide those who have interest in starting a child care program with the necessary resources and information. The series will include a panel discussion, Q&A, assistance navigating the application process, and support around business planning.

The council has voiced that they feel most like leaders when they are leading a charge that supports children and families directly with concrete supports. There has been rich discussion around the table about how ideas like the diaper drive can be replicated; for example, planning a drive that supports families with needs that are not met through food stamps, or a “back to school” drive that collects donations for back to school needs.

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