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Bennington Regional Recap, December 2019


It is exciting to see that playgroups and story hours are happening across the Bennington Region.  Libraries are great early childhood partners.  Librarians have access to children and their families enabling them to share information and resources.

 

The Bennington BBF Early Childhood Council undertook large topics in both November and December.  November was the forum to gather information about ACT 166 (Universal Pre-K) prior to the legislative session.  The Bennington region has a long history of partnering with quality early care and education settings starting with Act 62.  More than half of 3- and 4-year-olds are educated in high quality partner settings.  A report will be released soon with the results from the forums held in communities across Vermont.

 

In December we also held Bennington’s annual legislative luncheon.  We shared information and data about both Children’s Integrated Services and Universal pre-K .  The legislators shared with us their goals and priorities for the session.  We provided a fact sheet that included data and regional contact people. The data sheet included:

 

Bennington County Population                                                             35,594

Children under the Age of 9                                                                   3,133

Children Living in Poverty under the age of 6                                      43.5%

Children in DCF Custody under the age of 9                                        64

High Quality Early Care Programs                                                          43%

 

Children Ready for Kindergarten

Bennington Rutland SU                      87.9%

Battenkill Valley SU                             88.5%

Southwest Vermont SU                       80.7%

Windham Southwest                           94.9%

 

Children’s Integrated Services

Data from FY-19

Services are Early Intervention, Nursing Support, Family Support, Early Childhood & Family Mental Health, & Specialized Childcare

 

Bennington CIS Open Clients as of 7/1/18                                              142

Bennington CIS Open Clients as of 6/30/19                                           213

 

During FY-19, there were:

Referrals                                                                                                   503

Clients who exited CIS                                                                            237

 

In Bennington, we will continue to work with our legislators to ensure that the information that they have is clear and concise.

 

 

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