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September 29, 2022

VECF Spotlight: Training Tomorrow’s Educators in Rutland County

At the Rutland County Parent-Child Center (RCPCC), college and high school students are getting hands-on training in early childhood education with the support of a grant from Building Bright Futures’ Vermont Early Childhood Fund. (Applications for the next round of VECF grants are open through Oct. 7, 2022.) This grant is a strategy to address […]

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September 27, 2022

Share your feedback by Oct. 3 for Preschool Development Grant

Vermont is excited to develop an application to compete for a federal Preschool Development Grant. Please answer a very brief survey by Monday, Oct. 3 about what priorities you’d like to elevate for Preschool Development Grant (PDG) funds. Your input and prioritization for how Vermont uses these federal funds is important! You can learn more […]

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September 22, 2022

VECF Spotlight: An anti-racist initiative forging new connections in Burlington

The Vermont Early Childhood Fund is a Building Bright Futures (BBF) initiative to support creative solutions that will improve the well-being of children (prenatal–age 8), their families, and the Vermont communities in which they live. Eligible projects address one or more of the regional priorities identified annually by the BBF Regional Early Childhood Council and […]

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Screenshot of Vermont Public video showing reporter Nina Keck with text "What's it take to hike Pico Mountain every day for a year? Nina Keck finds out."
September 15, 2022

Wonderful video from Vermont Public’s Nina Keck

My dad, Randy Crossman, completed 365 Pico Mountain hikes in 362 days, finishing the endeavor on June 18, 2022, and raising over $18,000 for Building Bright Futures in the process. I was so moved to watch this video from Vermont Public about the project. Reporter Nina Keck hiked Pico with my dad and chatted with […]

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September 12, 2022

News from the Network: Family Engagement and Support

News from the Network is an email series from Building Bright Futures that spotlights the work of Regional Councils, updates related to early childhood data, emerging priorities from VECAP Committees, and more. Written by our Policy and Program Director Anna Brouillette, this update gives a closer look at BBF’s work across the state of Vermont […]

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Young girl celebrating her first birthday with balloons spelling out "ONE"
September 7, 2022

Screening Helps Protect Young Kids from Lead Exposure

Although most parents know that lead paint is dangerous, especially for young children and pregnant people, did you know that lead poisoning doesn’t show any immediate symptoms? That’s why it’s required in Vermont for all 1- and 2-year-olds to be tested for blood lead levels, in line with national standards of pediatric care. Every 1- […]

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August 29, 2022

Grant applications open now, due Oct. 7 for Vermont Early Childhood Fund

Building Bright Futures is pleased to announce that applications are now open for grants from the Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) to support creative solutions to 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 early childhood experts within communities—identify two […]

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August 17, 2022

2022 Family Needs Assessment now open; help us spread the word

The Building Bright Futures’ Families and Communities Committee has officially launched their 2022 Early Childhood Family Needs Assessment! This anonymous survey is open and we are asking Vermont parents and guardians with children under 9 years old to complete it. If you are a parent or guardian of a young child, please complete the survey now! […]

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August 11, 2022

New Data Brief Shows Strengths, Challenges of Children’s Integrated Services in Vermont

Building Bright Futures (BBF) has just released a new data brief, Examining Perspectives of Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) from Families Served by CIS Early Intervention. CIS is a prevention-focused program that provides support for parents or caregivers to understand and advocate for the needs of their children, provides a point person to support care coordination, […]

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Smiling young child and parent with text "YOU ARE ENOUGH"
July 18, 2022

Planting seeds of hope for recovery from substance use disorder

“Giving people unconditional love each time they fall is so important. Feeling seen at your worst and at your best is so important. Meeting people where they’re at, no matter where they’re at…Just being there for them is just so important.” —Chip, a Vermont parent in recovery who recently spoke on a panel about substance […]

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June 10, 2022

Regional Council Spotlight: Talking with Kids about Racism

Here in the Northeast Kingdom, equity and diversity have been the focus of a great deal of recent discussion. Each Building Bright Futures Regional Council has identified regional priorities for this year, and the Orleans/Northern Essex (O.N.E.) Regional Council’s priorities are “Building resilience in children, families, and communities” and “Family engagement and support.” At our […]

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June 9, 2022

News from the Network: June 2022

News from the Network is an email series from Building Bright Futures that spotlights the work of Regional Councils, updates related to early childhood data, emerging priorities from VECAP Committees, and more. Written by our Policy and Program Director Anna Brouillette, this update gives a closer look at BBF’s work across the state of Vermont […]

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