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December 6, 2021

Vermont Child Care and Early Childhood Education Systems Analysis: What We’re Up to and Where We’re Heading

Guest post by Elliot Regenstein, Foresight Law and Policy and Nasha Patel, Watershed Advisors Vermonters are passionate about the importance of early childhood education. Early childhood services change young lives, support families, and make the state more competitive economically. But it can be challenging to meet the complex needs of families with young children. To […]

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November 30, 2021

Ways to Give on #GivingTuesday

Raising awareness of Building Bright Futures and making a gift on #GivingTuesday is a wonderful way to inspire people and communities to come together and reflect on the needs of Vermont’s children and families. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving and unity. As Building Bright Futures takes part in this day, we are celebrating […]

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November 21, 2021

Statement on the House Passing of the Build Back Better Act

On Friday, November 19, the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, marking a significant milestone. While it will still need to be considered and voted on in the Senate, today Representatives, including Congressman Welch, affirmed the importance of supporting the programs and systems that serve families and young children, as well as […]

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November 4, 2021

Tracking Early Childhood Investment in the Proposed Build Back Better Act

As the primary early childhood advisor in Vermont, Building Bright Futures has been closely monitoring the Build Back Better Act which includes investments in universal prekindergarten education (UPK) and child care among other social support programs. The legislation proposes a universal pre-K program for 3- and 4-year olds and makes substantial investments and expansions in […]

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October 28, 2021

October SAC Recap: Workforce Crisis

On October 25th, 60 early childhood leaders representing all levels of the BBF Network (Regional Councils, VECAP Committees and SAC members) gathered at the State Advisory Council meeting for an examination of the workforce shortage impacting how we serve children and families. You can view the recording from the October 25 meeting here. Mindful Moment […]

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October 26, 2021

Remembering Mariah McGill on 1 Year Anniversary of her Death

October 26, 2021 Today we remember Mariah McGill, whose life was taken suddenly and much too soon one year ago. Mariah served as a Regional Coordinator for BBF and contributed as a keen leader, advocate, and problem solver in other roles throughout the community. Mariah joined the BBF team in September 2020 and was ebullient […]

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October 11, 2021

September SAC Recap: Informing State and Federal Policy

On September 27th, 67 early childhood leaders representing all levels of the BBF Network (Regional Councils, VECAP Committees and SAC members) gathered for the State Advisory Council meeting to review both state and federal policy that could improve the lives of children and families. You can view the recording from the September 27 meeting here.  […]

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October 8, 2021

BBF Launches the Vermont Early Childhood Fund with $100K to Communities

Building Bright Futures is pleased to announce the creation of the Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) providing grants of $10,000-$20,000 for up to 7 grantees to support creative solutions that will 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 […]

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August 5, 2021

July SAC Recap: Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan Summit

The Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP) is designed to build collective accountability to achieve measurable 2026 goals: 1. All children have a healthy start 2. Families and communities play a leading role in children’s well-being 3. All children and families have access to high-quality opportunities that meet their needs 4. The early childhood system […]

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June 9, 2021

May Recap: State Advisory Council on Gaps and Priorities for Investment

BBF convened the May 24 State Advisory Council with 75 participants. The full recording is linked here. The May SAC meeting was dedicated to understanding federal investments, as well as what is on the horizon for Vermont and how these can be leveraged to address needs and gaps facing families, communities and the early childhood […]

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May 25, 2021

We’re Hiring! State Policy and Regional Positions

Building Bright Futures is excited to announce we are hiring for two positions to join our collaborative, high-performing team. Regional Manager serving Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Regions The Regional Manager will serve as an ambassador for the mission, vision, and work of the BBF network infrastructure. The Regional Manager will promote the importance of early […]

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May 6, 2021

A Letter to Regional Council Partners from the Executive Director

May 5, 2021 Dear Regional Council Partners, The BBF network envisions an early childhood system where partners work together with shared vision, shared action and shared accountability; where regional tables are set for communities to problem solve, coordinate, and take action; where data drives decision making; and sensible state policy is informed by the wisdom […]

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