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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 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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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 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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