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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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July 10, 2020

We’re Hiring: Regional Coordinator for Central Vermont and Lamoille Valley

Building Bright Futures (BBF) is seeking a Regional Coordinator to support the Building Bright Futures regional early childhood councils in the Central Vermont and Lamoille Valley regions.  BBF regional councils bring together a diverse group of community members who are committed to children and families to identify gaps, share best practices, strategize, and support response […]

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July 8, 2020

State Advisory Council Recap, June 2020

In June the SAC met to conduct some general business and also receive updates on some crucial projects that are in progress.  The first task was to approve the fiscal year 2021 budget which was first presented to the SAC in May. The SAC voted to pass the budget unanimously. In response to recent high-profile […]

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June 3, 2020

Letters of love to new moms. Love, moms.

“Women can do hard things. You, my friend, can do hard things.” The following blog was shared with us by Kellie Campbell a Commissioner for the Vermont Commission on The following blog was shared with us by Kellie Campbell a Commissioner for the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW). Kellie Campbell is Chief Technology Officer at […]

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June 2, 2020

State Advisory Council Recap, May 2020

The past two SAC meetings have been primarily focused around updates from state agency partners and their activities responding to the COVID-19 crisis. With partners from across Vermont and from many sectors at the table, it has been a good opportunity to share information during a stressful and busy time. The May meeting of the […]

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May 31, 2020

Child Care Reopening: Resources to Support Social Emotional Needs

How do I support children and families as they return to child care? COVID-19 has changed our world and daily lives in so many ways, both big and small, impacting every person and family differently. For many of families with young children, the reopening of child care programs is the latest change and brings a […]

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May 28, 2020

Using Social Stories to Support Children with Transitions

Guest Blog by Cindy Cole, Director of Psychological Services for the Champlain Valley School District and guest on the May 27th BBF Early Childhood Forum on Mental Health. The picture below is of Cindy as seen through the eyes of a student. Social stories can be a really effective way to help children understand changes […]

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May 22, 2020

3 Ways BBF is Supporting Parents

“This time has been scary and we have been doing our best to adapt to these changes but there are definitely many concerns and struggles as we move forward!” – Alexis Duquette from Putney. Alexis is a mother of four children and was one of many parents and providers who responded to BBF’s call for […]

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