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August 13, 2019

Playing Around: Are We Recognizing the Critical Role of Play in Our Developing Children?

In the year 2019, the demands on our children’s developing minds and bodies looks vastly different than they did previously. From academic requirements to basic skill-building, the focus on structured routines and curricula throughout a child’s daily routine can leave little room for free time. As we consider what our communities’ youngest members need to […]

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July 31, 2019

Bennington’s Pre-K Providers a Model of Successful Partnerships

Pre-K in the Bennington Region is a study in successful partnerships.  Across the United States, more and more school districts are providing pre-K to both three- and four-year-olds. The movement started from a Pew Charitable Trust 10 year campaign to advance high-quality voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year-olds.  There was a challenge to national […]

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July 29, 2019

Over 80 Leaders Participate in Successful ECAP Summit

On July 22, after a brief meeting of the State Advisory Council, over 80 leaders including regional council members, ECAP committee members, legislators, state agencies, service providers and businesses from around the state convened at the Statehouse for the third annual ECAP Summit. The Summit is an important time to celebrate accomplishments of improvements to […]

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July 23, 2019

Orleans & No. Essex Recap July 2019

The focus of the June BBF Council meeting was the final part of a 3-part series on Substance Use Disorders that the Council has offered over the course of the year.  “Marijuana Use During Pregnancy-Parenting Implications” was presented by staff from the Newport office of the VT Department of Health: James Biernat, Julie Raboin and […]

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July 23, 2019

Northern Windsor & Orange Recap July 2019

The Northern Windsor and Orange County BBF council spent some time looking at data, sharing stories and determining where there is momentum in the region around specific early childhood issues.  In doing this we noted that the benefits cliff that families experience has continued to be a challenge in accessing resources, we also learned that […]

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July 23, 2019

Lamoille Recap July 2019

Following the SHIP – the Vermont State Health Improvement Plan: Over the last 18 months the Accountable Communities for Health have been in an ongoing dynamic and interesting place for our Council’s representation. The Lamoille ACH – called the Unified Care Collaborative, has allowed for important and sometimes difficult conversation around the true challenges in […]

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July 23, 2019

Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Recap July 2019

Share a bright spot from you or your Council’s work over the last two months: The BBF Regional Council was excited to host three sessions for the Child Development Division’s STARS Phase 2 Tour for Franklin/Grand Isle. With support from the Vermont Department of Health, over 20 early care providers and a dozen other early […]

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July 23, 2019

Chittenden Recap July 2019

Chittenden’s BBF Regional Council is focusing on Help Me Grow Outreach efforts this summer. We partnered with Let’s Grow Kids in June to co-host an event for families of Stonewood School North in Shelburne. LGK did a book drive, and we also purchased social emotional themed books, and talked to families about Help Me Grow, […]

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July 23, 2019

Addison Recap July 2019

In June the Addison BBF Council paused to review the Regional Action Plan by considering the challenges, opportunities and successes of the region. The council focused on community partners and support for existing projects having the greatest impact on children and families. There was much crossover with the work of the Addison Integrated Family Services […]

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July 17, 2019

The Miracle of Breast Milk

By Mary Letourneau, RN, BSN, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant, CVMC Women and Children’s You probably have heard about some of the benefits of breastfeeding – it’s cheaper than formula, helps mom lose weight, fewer ear infections, allergies and colds for baby. But there’s so much more, and we are learning everyday about the amazing qualities of […]

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July 3, 2019

Springfield Area Recap June 2019

The Springfield Area Regional Council has been focusing on reflecting on what we have accomplished this past year and what we would like to focus on next year.  We did this by looking at data.  The council noted that the poverty levels have increased in the region.  In 2012, 19.6% of children under 6 lived […]

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