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May 13, 2024

BBF’s Approach to Advisement in 2024

On May 11, Vermont’s General Assembly officially adjourned and brought the 2023-2024 biennium to a close in Montpelier. Over the course of the session, Building Bright Futures (BBF) played a key role as the primary advisor to the Legislature on the early childhood period. This advisement played out in a variety of ways, both formal […]

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May 9, 2024

BBF Announces Spring 2024 VECF Grant Recipients

Building Bright Futures is excited to announce the recipients of the Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) awards for spring 2024! The fund supports creative solutions that will improve the well-being of children from the prenatal period through age 8, their families, and the Vermont communities in which they live. Thanks to these grants, awardees in […]

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An Asian baby holds a picture book called Fruit Alphabet
May 3, 2024

The Importance of Literacy and Access to Books

One of the concerning trends in this year’s The State of Vermont’s Children is that the percentage of third grade students reading below proficient increased to 58.8% in the 2021-2022 school year, up from 50% in 2019. In response to input from our partners, BBF has added a new priority of increasing literacy rates to […]

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Legislative Forum for Central Vermont & Lamoille in January 2024
April 25, 2024

Connecting Families and Educators to the Resources They Need

I became BBF’s Regional Manager for the Lamoille Valley and Central Vermont regions in 2023 after spending more than two decades working in the early childhood field, where I learned so much from children and families. Most recently, I ran an early childhood education center in Moretown and have also worked in Early Intervention—the services […]

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A light-skinned family with a mother and father and two young children sit together on a log, smiling
April 22, 2024

Fill Out the Family Leadership Inventory Survey

We’re asking agencies and organizations that have statewide leadership opportunities for families and caregivers to advise on policy making, program implementation, or other system-wide efforts to complete the Family Leadership Inventory survey by Friday, May 3. Information collected from the survey will guide the development of an accessible resource that informs statewide practices to make […]

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Closeup photo of Kiona Baez Heath
April 10, 2024

Welcoming 5 New Members to the State Advisory Council

On March 25, Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council (SAC) met to build relationships among members and learn about early successes and impacts of the Building Integration in Vermont’s B-5 Early Childhood Systems (VIP B-5) project. At the meeting, we welcomed five new members: Dr. Debra Hartswick, Kiona Baez Heath, Amber Hewston, Erica McLaughlin, and […]

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Screenshot of video overview of State of Vermont’s Children Report: 2023 Year in Review
March 27, 2024

How Homelessness, Mental Health Conditions, and More Affect Vermont Children

In addition to the spotlight on perinatal health we featured recently from BBF’s The State of Vermont’s Children, this year’s report gives insights into early childhood physical and mental health, education, and basic needs. In this 3-minute video, I shared some of these highlights we see in the latest Vermont data. These include a 36% […]

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March 14, 2024

Read the Summary of Our Report on Act 76 Monitoring

BBF is expanding our written communications to include plain language versions of reports whenever possible. This will promote accessibility to important information about our work and the early childhood system to as many people as possible. The plain language versions of documents will often be shorter, exclude or explain jargon and acronyms, be more accessible, […]

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Screenshot of perinatal health video from State of Vermont’s Children Report: 2023 Year in Review
February 26, 2024

Highlighting Mental Health & Substance Use in the Perinatal Period

This year, the spotlight in BBF’s The State of Vermont’s Children report focuses on perinatal health and well-being. The perinatal period, the time from pregnancy through one year after birth, is so important for the long-term development of each child and the well-being of the whole family. Three key points from this spotlight reveal challenges […]

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Map of Fall 2023 VECF grantees
February 20, 2024

News from the Network: Spotlight on VECF Grantees

The Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) supports creative solutions that will improve the well-being of children from the prenatal period to age 8, their families, and the Vermont communities where they live. BBF supports multiple rounds of this funding, and the spring 2024 grant round is now accepting applications through March 22! Fall 2023 Grantee […]

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January 29, 2024

Celebrating Family Leadership Accomplishments of 2023

The Families & Communities Committee strives to elevate family voice and connect families to leadership opportunities. We are one of seven VECAP Committees that are guided by Vermont’s Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP), and we work to develop a statewide approach that enriches and expands family partnership and leadership at the provider, agency, and community […]

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January 4, 2024

A video message from Sen. Ruth Hardy and Anna Brouillette

To mark the start of the 2024 session of the Vermont General Assembly, BBF Policy and Program Director Anna Brouillette recorded this message with Senator Ruth Hardy. In the video, Anna highlights how the BBF Network develops annual Policy Recommendations and how our team will use this year’s Policy Recommendations during the legislative session. Sen. Hardy […]

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