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May 6, 2021

A Letter to Regional Council Partners from the Executive Director

May 5, 2021 Dear Regional Council Partners, The BBF network envisions an early childhood system where partners work together with shared vision, shared action and shared accountability; where regional tables are set for communities to problem solve, coordinate, and take action; where data drives decision making; and sensible state policy is informed by the wisdom […]

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May 5, 2021

March Recap: State Advisory Council

The Early Childhood State Advisory Council (SAC) brings together up to 23 Governor appointed and at-large public and private early childhood leaders and decision-makers from across sectors to issue recommendations and increase coordination and collaboration to advance a more connected, integrated and evolving early childhood system. The March 22nd meeting focused on membership and the […]

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March 3, 2021

February Recap: State Advisory Council

The February 22nd BBF State Advisory Council focused on early childhood policy including a mid-session update on priority and legislative issues, a presentation of the cradle-to-career vision by agency leadership, and grounding our work in Goal 4 of Vermont’s Early Childhood Action Plan. The meeting ended with brief small group discussions on barriers and opportunities […]

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February 22, 2021

Opportunities to inform early childhood development and education policy – survey and recording now available

Building Bright Futures’ (BBF) mission is to improve the well-being of children and families in Vermont by using evidence to inform policy and bringing voices together across sectors and within regions to discuss critical challenges and problem-solve. Alongside the production of 4 statewide early childhood reports and resources, BBF’s network infrastructure captures and produces the […]

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February 1, 2021

Reporting to the Legislature the State of Vermont’s Children and Families

In our advisory role, BBF is committed to presenting the most up-to-date data on the status of children, families, and the early childhood system. Just as important, is BBF’s ability to capture and produce the perspectives from families as well as early childhood professionals across all sectors quickly and efficiently. This information gathering efforts allow […]

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January 11, 2021

Report Release: 2020 How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families?

Building Bright Futures released the 2020 How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families report on January 11th 2021. The report is a data-rich look at the well-being of children in Vermont. The 2020 report highlights the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Vermont’s Early Childhood system and data landscape. In addition to COVID-specific data, […]

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January 3, 2021

Lessons from the 2020 Family Engagement Assessment

Creating meaningful partnerships with families leads to better outcomes for children. This is why the BBF Families and Communities Committee, composed of parents, caregivers and early childhood stakeholders, worked together over the last two years to conduct a Family Engagement Assessment and recently published a report with the results of a survey, lessons learned about […]

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December 15, 2020

A Letter to the Early Childhood Community from our Executive Director

Dear Vermont’s Early Childhood Community, I have never been more proud to be a Vermonter. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the strength and resilience of families, communities, and Vermont’s early childhood system to be nimble in a rapidly changing world. Vermonters are having to do more with less, which isn’t new for the early childhood […]

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December 7, 2020

BBF Releases Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan and Needs Assessment

Drum roll please… We are so excited to announce the publication of TWO big projects to help Vermont be a better place for our children and families. Over 300 stakeholders helped inform these documents; creating an equitable and inclusive system for each and every child takes all of us. Together, we are the engineers of […]

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November 30, 2020

November Recap: State Advisory Council

View the meeting recording on You Tube The November State Advisory Council met on Monday, November 16 to review and endorse the content for the 2020 How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families? report. The meeting opened with a moment of silence to honor Mariah McGill, former Building Bright Futures staff member, whose life was […]

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November 11, 2020

October Recap: Third Annual State and Regional Council Virtual Assembly

The October 26, 2020 BBF Vermont Early Childhood State Advisory Council hosted the third annual State and Regional Council virtual assembly. The value of this annual convening is to bring together people at every level of the BBF network infrastructure: regional councils, Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP) committees, and State Advisory Council members. Strengthening […]

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October 27, 2020

Honoring the Life of Mariah McGill

It is with deep sadness that our team at BBF honors the passing of our friend and colleague, Mariah McGill. We are heartbroken to share that on October 26, 2020, while a pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk on Route 100 near her home in Waitsfield, Mariah was struck by a car and succumbed to her […]

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