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October 2, 2019

State Advisory Council, September 2019

September’s State Advisory Council Meeting kicked off with an update on the status of the Preschool Development Grant, followed by reminders of calendar items for the remainder of the calendar year, including the upcoming SAC and Regional Council Assembly in October, and the release of How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families at the end […]

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Regional Council Recap

September 20, 2019

Orleans & No. Essex Recap, September 2019

A coalition of community partners from a variety of agencies, including Building Bright Futures, meets monthly as the Newport Building Flourishing Communities (BFC) committee.  The vision of BFC is for the Northeast Kingdom to be a “vibrant, intergenerational community that supports courageous, caring, competent adults in the daily lives of every child”.  The coalition seeks […]

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Regional Council Recap

September 20, 2019

Northern Windsor & Orange Recap, September 2019

The Northern Windsor and Orange County Regional Council identified “Professionals have knowledge and resources regarding children’s social and emotional health” as a priority for the year. The council has also heard stories and seen data on the impact that Early Vermont Multi Tiered Systems of Support on child care programs promoting social and emotional development […]

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Regional Council Recap

September 20, 2019

Lamoille Recap, September 2019

This month the Lamoille Council meeting hosted Michelle Salvador, the Vermont Department of Health’s Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant for the Lamoille Valley. The Council has worked with Michelle over the years on critical supports for young families in need, be it efforts to start a homeless shelter in Hyde Park, advocate for early prevention at […]

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Regional Council Recap

September 20, 2019

Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Recap

The BBF Regional Council hosted a region-wide Infant/Toddler Drive in June, with participation from over 12 locations across the region. Each donation site was set up to collect donations to help support the Parent Child Center, Family Birthing Center and Community Action, offering concrete supports for families who needed clothing, infant supplies, and various food […]

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Regional Council Recap

September 20, 2019

Chittenden Recap, September 2019

Chittenden’s BBF Regional Council is moving forward with our strategy to provide early care and learning professionals and service providers with Early Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) trainings in our region. In partnership with Help Me Grow, we used grant funds to hold two successful trainings in August, where about 50 professionals were trained in […]

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Regional Council Recap

September 20, 2019

Caledonia & So. Essex Recap, September 2019

The Caledonia/S. Essex Building Bright Futures Council and Steering Committee have been reviewing accomplishments over the past year, and reviewing data and comments from Council members to develop an action plan for the new year. At the June Council meeting, we heard from recipients of direct service mini grants, funded in collaboration with the Parent […]

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Regional Council Recap

September 20, 2019

Addison Recap, September 2019

Staff recruitment and retention for early childhood providers continues to be a challenge in Addison County as well as the rest of the State.  The Addison council took time recently to ask key questions. *What makes a good employee? *What brings people to this work? *Where do we find them? *Why do they leave? *How […]

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September 17, 2019

How Many Different Colors of Apples Can You Count?

Have you ever heard of The Basics or Boston Basics? I hope that after this quick read, you will remember the name, and will hopefully be interested in finding out more. As a BBF coordinator, I can think of many places where the environment is perfect for young children and families to have high quality […]

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September 16, 2019

Meet Jenn Chittick, a DULCE Family Specialist in Lamoille County

Developmental Understanding and Legal Collaboration for Everyone (DULCE) is transforming the way young families experience their doctors visits and their healthcare in general in a growing number of communities in Vermont. DULCE was featured at the ECAP Summit earlier this year and is expanding to several additional communities this fall. DULCE is an innovative intervention based […]

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September 10, 2019

Sharing Successes at the Help Me Grow National Conference

In May, four members of the Springfield Area Building Bright Futures Council had the opportunity to attend the Help Me Grow National Forum and learn more about Help Me Grow and how others are implementing the initiative.  The team that was able to attend is made up of Rachel Hunter from the Springfield School District, […]

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