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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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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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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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February 13, 2024

Our New Early Childhood Data Portal Has Launched

We’re excited to announce that we’ve just launched an Early Childhood Data Portal as part of VermontKidsData.org. The portal has indicators across all sectors that impact children and families: basic needs, child care, child development, demographics, economics, education, housing, mental health, physical health, resilience, prekindergarten education, and workforce. Search the portal by topic, geographic region, or VECAP […]

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February 2, 2024

Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) Announces Next Round of Funding Opportunities

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. In late 2022, Vermont was awarded a $23 million federal grant to strengthen the state’s early childhood system, support the early childhood workforce, […]

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January 19, 2024

Our New Report — The State of Vermont’s Children: 2023 Year in Review

On Jan. 18, 2024, Building Bright Futures and VermontKidsData.org released The State of Vermont’s Children: 2023 Year in Review. This report provides an objective, data-driven assessment of the well-being of young children and families in Vermont and includes the 2024 Policy Recommendations from Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council Network.   Download a PDF of […]

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December 21, 2023

BBF Announces Recipients of 2024 Vermont Early Childhood Fund Grants

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

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November 8, 2023

RSVP for Statewide Regional Council Summit on Dec. 12

Registration is open for our 4th Annual Statewide Regional Council Summit on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, from 9 a.m. to noon, via Zoom or in person at Counseling Services of Addison County, 109 Catamount Park, Middlebury, VT. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Joshua Sparrow (pictured), child, adolescent, and general psychiatrist, and Executive Director of […]

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Cover of BBF Policy Playbook Cover 2023
October 30, 2023

State Advisory Council Endorses 2024 Policy Recommendations

On Oct. 23, the State Advisory Council (SAC) formally endorsed the Policy Recommendations of the Vermont Early Childhood State Advisory Council Network for 2024! These recommendations represent the most pressing and actionable priorities for early childhood stakeholders throughout the Building Bright Futures Network. We also released a new Policy Playbook explaining what the recommendations mean, […]

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September 13, 2023

Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) Announces 2024 Funding Opportunities

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. In late 2022, Vermont was awarded a $23 million federal grant to strengthen the state’s early childhood system, support the early childhood workforce, and […]

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August 8, 2023

BBF Welcomes New Data Manager and Data Coordinator

BBF is excited to introduce two new team members: Jenn Schollmeyer and Kitty Foster. These new hires come as we ramp up our activities under “Vermont Integration Project: Building Integration in Vermont’s B-5 Early Childhood Systems (VIP B-5),” the three-year, $23 million federal Preschool Development Grant (PDG) awarded to Vermont at the start of this […]

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