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May 2, 2022

New data on suspensions and expulsions of Vermont kids under 9

It’s an urgent priority to reduce preventable exclusionary discipline incidents (broadly defined as suspension and expulsion) for young children—in order to ensure that each and every child is able to fully and equitably participate and to receive the highest quality services, resources, and supports. Building Bright Futures has produced a new Data Brief on Exclusionary […]

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January 26, 2022

New data show children’s needs are on the rise

30% of Vermont children have a behavioral, emotional, developmental, or mental health condition After the isolation that children and families experienced during the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, remote and hybrid schooling, and fewer social opportunities to engage with peers and receive necessary services, there is ample anecdotal evidence of an increase in behavioral, emotional, […]

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October 8, 2021

BBF Launches the Vermont Early Childhood Fund with $100K to Communities

Building Bright Futures is pleased to announce the creation of the Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) providing grants of $10,000-$20,000 for up to 7 grantees to support creative solutions that will improve the well-being of children (prenatal-age 8), families, as well as the Vermont communities in which they live.  Each year BBF Regional Councils, the […]

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January 25, 2021

Early Childhood and Family Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Early childhood and family mental health is the foundation of all future child development. Children’s mental health during public health emergencies can have both short- and long-term consequences to their overall health and wellbeing. This includes the capacity to experience, regulate and express emotion, form close, secure relationships, and to explore the environment and learn. […]

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October 14, 2020

The Early MTSS-123 Project: ONE Early Childhood System, TWO Social and Emotional Interventions, THREE Core Groups

In the past few months, a new Early Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (Early MTSS) and Strengthening Families pilot project was introduced in Franklin/Grand Isle, Orleans/Northern Essex, and Northern Windsor/Orange in partnership with Dr. Lori Meyer from the University of Vermont, Building Bright Futures and Pyramid 802 PLUS. This is an opportunity for Early MTSS coaches […]

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September 25, 2020

We’re Hiring! Southeast Vermont Regional Coordinator

Building Bright Futures (BBF) is seeking a part-time Regional Coordinator to support the Building Bright Futures regional early childhood council in Southeast Vermont serving the Brattleboro AHS district which includes much of Windham County.  BBF Regional Councils bring together a diverse group of community members who are committed to children and families to identify gaps, […]

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September 14, 2020

Vermont’s Early Childhood Systems Needs Assessment Webinar

On August 24th, Building Bright Futures (BBF) presented the birth to five systems needs assessment. The presentation integrated the key needs assessment themes with strategies supporting the Early Childhood Action Plan goals to inform sound policy development and strategic decision making in response to gaps facing Vermont’s children, families and early childhood system. In case […]

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September 8, 2020

Creating a Strong Early Care and Education Workforce

Thanks to a small group of dedicated individuals, the Early Childhood Pathway that was inactive at the Windham Regional Career Center will be restarted this week. The program now has an advisory board, an updated curriculum (including a new course on The Art and Science of Teaching from Melissa Mroz-Gaskill), and a group of students […]

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August 12, 2020

July Recap: State Advisory Council and Early Childhood Policy Development Session

In July, Early Childhood leaders gathered for the State Advisory Council meeting which also served as an Early Childhood Policy Development Session. Sixty people attended representing diverse voices from Regional Councils, ECAP Committees and the SAC. Together, the group begin to formulate recommendations for consideration by the SAC. Typically this time of year we gather […]

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August 4, 2020

The Junior League of Champlain Valley’s Diaper Bank

This blog is written in conjunction with Amanda Herzberger. Amanda has been a member of the Junior League of Champlain Valley for eight years and previously served as Co-President. When she’s not wearing her “diaper lady” hat Amanda is a wedding and portrait photographer and lives in Shelburne with her husband Jeff and their two […]

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July 24, 2020

Chittenden Regional Project Highlight: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) – Making the Systems Work for Families

Overview The SUD – Making the Systems Work for Families Project is embedded in the BBF statewide network. To describe this network briefly, BBF has 12 regions throughout Vermont that align with the Agency of Human Services districts. Each regional early childhood council, supported by one of BBF’s Regional Council Coordinators, brings together community members […]

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July 21, 2020

Central Vermont Tackles Connectivity Barriers for Families During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across Vermont in March, Central Vermont BBF and community partners rallied to address the needs of its residents. Early childhood partners in Central Vermont sought to help children and their families access health, mental health and education services that suddenly moved on-line and left them disconnected without devices or […]

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