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November 30, 2020

November Recap: State Advisory Council

View the meeting recording on You Tube The November State Advisory Council met on Monday, November 16 to review and endorse the content for the 2020 How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families? report. The meeting opened with a moment of silence to honor Mariah McGill, former Building Bright Futures staff member, whose life was […]

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November 11, 2020

October Recap: Third Annual State and Regional Council Virtual Assembly

The October 26, 2020 BBF Vermont Early Childhood State Advisory Council hosted the third annual State and Regional Council virtual assembly. The value of this annual convening is to bring together people at every level of the BBF network infrastructure: regional councils, Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP) committees, and State Advisory Council members. Strengthening […]

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October 27, 2020

Honoring the Life of Mariah McGill

It is with deep sadness that our team at BBF honors the passing of our friend and colleague, Mariah McGill. We are heartbroken to share that on October 26, 2020, while a pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk on Route 100 near her home in Waitsfield, Mariah was struck by a car and succumbed to her […]

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October 14, 2020

The Early MTSS-123 Project: ONE Early Childhood System, TWO Social and Emotional Interventions, THREE Core Groups

In the past few months, a new Early Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (Early MTSS) and Strengthening Families pilot project was introduced in Franklin/Grand Isle, Orleans/Northern Essex, and Northern Windsor/Orange in partnership with Dr. Lori Meyer from the University of Vermont, Building Bright Futures and Pyramid 802 PLUS. This is an opportunity for Early MTSS coaches […]

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October 13, 2020

September Recap: State Advisory Council

The September 29, 2020  BBF State Advisory Council explored strategies to strengthen the voice of the State Advisory Council through its membership and annual policy recommendations. Dr. Morgan Crossman, BBF Executive Director,  discussed how the SAC is composed of leaders chosen as the primary advisory body to the Governor and Legislature on all things early […]

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October 6, 2020

Restorative Practices in Early Education

When students feel connected to their schools, peers, and teachers, they build trust and we know that supportive relationships are a key protective factor for young children. The Restorative Practices Framework provides tools for teachers to help foster a sense of connectedness in their classroom through mindful awareness opportunities. Restorative Practice Circles are a place […]

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October 6, 2020

The Junior League of Champlain Valley’s Diaper Bank

This blog is written in conjunction with Amanda Herzberger. Amanda has been a member of the Junior League of Champlain Valley for eight years and previously served as Co-President. When she’s not wearing her “diaper lady” hat Amanda is a wedding and portrait photographer and lives in Shelburne with her husband Jeff and their two […]

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September 25, 2020

We’re Hiring! Southeast Vermont Regional Coordinator

Building Bright Futures (BBF) is seeking a part-time Regional Coordinator to support the Building Bright Futures regional early childhood council in Southeast Vermont serving the Brattleboro AHS district which includes much of Windham County.  BBF Regional Councils bring together a diverse group of community members who are committed to children and families to identify gaps, […]

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August 12, 2020

July Recap: State Advisory Council and Early Childhood Policy Development Session

In July, Early Childhood leaders gathered for the State Advisory Council meeting which also served as an Early Childhood Policy Development Session. Sixty people attended representing diverse voices from Regional Councils, ECAP Committees and the SAC. Together, the group begin to formulate recommendations for consideration by the SAC. Typically this time of year we gather […]

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August 4, 2020

The Junior League of Champlain Valley’s Diaper Bank

This blog is written in conjunction with Amanda Herzberger. Amanda has been a member of the Junior League of Champlain Valley for eight years and previously served as Co-President. When she’s not wearing her “diaper lady” hat Amanda is a wedding and portrait photographer and lives in Shelburne with her husband Jeff and their two […]

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July 24, 2020

Chittenden Regional Project Highlight: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) – Making the Systems Work for Families

Overview The SUD – Making the Systems Work for Families Project is embedded in the BBF statewide network. To describe this network briefly, BBF has 12 regions throughout Vermont that align with the Agency of Human Services districts. Each regional early childhood council, supported by one of BBF’s Regional Council Coordinators, brings together community members […]

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July 21, 2020

Central Vermont Tackles Connectivity Barriers for Families During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across Vermont in March, Central Vermont BBF and community partners rallied to address the needs of its residents. Early childhood partners in Central Vermont sought to help children and their families access health, mental health and education services that suddenly moved on-line and left them disconnected without devices or […]

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