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May 6, 2020

Coming Together in the Northeast Kingdom during COVID-19

The notice popped up in my inbox the other day-”This to-do is due soon: April testimonial”.  A testimonial, by definition, is a “positive tribute to someone and to their achievements.”  It is difficult to single out one person to write a testimonial about during this recent unprecedented health crisis, so this is a testimonial to […]

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May 4, 2020

State Advisory Council Recap, April 2020

SAC members present: Chloe Leary, Cheryle Wilcox, Auburn Watersong, Julie Cadwallader Staub, Flor Diaz-Smith, Steven Berbeco, Emily Merrill, Amy Johnson, Renee Kelly, Jessica Brumsted, Janet Kilburn (sitting in for Breena Holmes), Kristy Swenson, Kate Rogers, Aly Richards Staff present: Morgan Crossman, Beth Truzansky, Dora Levinson, Amanda Biggs, Katie Mobbs, Anne LaTulippe, Linda Michniewicz, Ellen Taetzsch, […]

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May 4, 2020

BBF’s Collective Impact Work during COVID-19

Right now across the world we are observing acts of collaboration, kindness and ingenuity. Individuals and organizations are responding to a call to action, shifting their work to use their expertise or trade towards the common goal of flattening the curve. This is not that dissimilar to the work that Building Bright Futures is doing. […]

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April 24, 2020

A Letter to the Early Childhood Community from our Executive Director

Dear Vermont’s Early Childhood Community, The events of this past month have been intense and tested the strength of families, communities and Vermont’s early childhood service system. Our state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving rapidly in a climate of uncertainty and we’re grateful for thoughtful decision-making. I want to take this moment to […]

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April 6, 2020

The Age of Quarantine: Emotional Well-Being for Parents and Caregivers

Resources compiled by Beth Truzansky/Building Bright Futures and Lauren Smith/Help Me Grow/Vermont Department of Health Were there really only 31 days in March? Feels like 300! If you are feeling emotionally stretched, you’re not alone! As a parent and virtual worker, the last two weeks have been intense for many of us. It’s hard to […]

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March 30, 2020

Mindfulness as a Tool in Uncertain Times

The COVID-19 Pandemic is creating stress on many levels. Several families with young children are trying to figure out how to balance the demands of working and parenting/homeschooling from home, all while physically isolated from the peers and support circles we typically lean on. In addition, information is flying around at a rapid pace these […]

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March 25, 2020

March 2020 State Advisory Council Recap

Building Bright Futures’ Executive Director, Dr. Morgan Crossman, delivered welcoming remarks. In light of the COVID-19 crisis evolving in Vermont and across the world, BBF held its first ever, all virtual State Advisory Council meeting this month, attended by more than 65 early childhood leaders (see listing at the bottom of this post).  Given the […]

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March 20, 2020

Facilitation Tips for Virtual Meetings

What do I have to offer to prevent the spread and impact of COVID 19? I’m not an infectious disease expert however I am a professional facilitator, convener and supervisor. Due to distance from colleagues, Zoom as a virtual meeting platform has become my primary tool to connect with colleagues across the state of Vermont. […]

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March 19, 2020

Child Care for Essential Workers

The State of Vermont – Office of Emergency Management just released information about a new web-based form available to help ensure childcare for essential workers, please see their press release below. In collaboration with public and private early childhood partners, BBF supported the development and launch of an infrastructure to assist Vermont’s essential workers be matched up […]

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March 13, 2020

Community Playgroups Increase Social Connections

Orleans and Northern Essex counties are known for beautiful unspoiled landscapes, and remote, sparsely populated communities.  For families with young children, making social connections can be challenging.  In several communities in Orleans and Northern Essex counties, community playgroups are being offered at a variety of venues, but with similar goals-to increase social connections by providing […]

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March 4, 2020

February 2020 State Advisory Council Recap

In February, the State Advisory Council took up several issues critical to our work, including assessing this year’s How Are Vermont’s Young Children & Families report, actions that can be taken to support the state’s Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) system, and the Needs Assessment being conducted as part of the Preschool Development Grant.  We also […]

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March 2, 2020

Breaking New Ground with Betsy Rathbun Gunn of Bennington County Head Start

One of the definitions of the word ‘partner’ is one who shares.  The word takes on a depth of meanings and added strength in the context of the early childhood profession.  Partnership is about action; it is the way that we do our work in the Bennington region- by sharing strengths and resources while assisting […]

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