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April 23, 2019

Measuring the Performance of Early Childhood Systems: New Toolkit Now Available

Thank you to Steven D. Cohen and Cailin O’Connor of the Center for the Study of Social Policy for making this guest blog available to Building Bright Futures. Over the past decade, increasing numbers of early childhood leaders across the country have been working to build systems with two distinct features. First, they take as […]

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April 18, 2019

Parents Supporting Thoughtful Technology

In Middlebury a group of parents have joined together to talk about and investigate screen time and its impact on children and families. Amy Mason, Samantha Farrell Schmitt, and Julie Berry founded the organization Parents Supporting Thoughtful Technology after they attended a parent meeting in Weybridge, VT, where Dr. Michael Seaton, a local pediatrician, led […]

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April 4, 2019

The Vital Role of the Parent Child Center in the Bennington Region

The work of Early Childhood is a partnership of families, healthcare, mental health, early care, education, home visiting and community agencies.  The work that we do together is where there is an intersection similar to the center of a flower. One of the partners at the table in Bennington is Sunrise Family Resource Center, the […]

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April 3, 2019

State Advisory Council Recap, March 2019

The BBF State Advisory Council met on March 25th, kicking off the meeting with a number of appointments and re-appointments to the Advisory Council and Executive Committee. Cheryle Wilcox was named the public Co-Chair of the SAC.  Additionally, the SAC voted to nominate Morgan Crossman to be the next Executive Director of Building Bright Futures. […]

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April 2, 2019

Rutland Recap, March 2019

In the past months the Rutland Council has been reviewing several reports and identifying trends and areas where support could be provided. A review of the Think Tank report produced a lot of discussion. There was concern for those who work outside of centers and how they might be affected by the recommendations (home-care providers, […]

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April 1, 2019

Addison Recap, March 2019

A highly-qualified early childhood educator, one who knows how to create a dynamic, accountable learning environment, is at the heart of a high-quality early learning experience. Professional development opportunities are key to keeping staff informed and engaged in their work. Keeping children safe and happy is the main concern for all early childhood educators. This […]

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April 1, 2019

Bennington Recap, March 2019

The weather the last several months have played havoc on the monthly council meetings. It is the first time that Bennington has missed three Council Meetings in a row. The data discussion around the release of How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families had to be postponed until after Early Childhood Day at the Legislature. […]

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April 1, 2019

Lamoille Recap, March 2019

In the Lamoille Valley we’ve just finished our busy Dabble Day month – as hundreds of families have come together to play on a wintery Saturday, and a wintery Sunday! At the most recent event in Morrisville, over 200 kids and families spent the morning building headdresses, sitting in kiddie pools filled with feed corn, […]

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April 1, 2019

Central Vermont Recap, March 2018

As Central Vermont approaches a revision of our Regional Action Plan, we are excited to be adding a focus on enhancing and improving family leadership and family engagement in the systems of supports for Vermont’s young families. We begin this work by mapping out where current family engagement is most effective, and then by using […]

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April 1, 2019

Chittenden Recap, March 2019

As we continue to “spring forward” into April, the Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Council continues to identify and work towards council initiatives, set to be finalized at the March BBF council meeting. To do so, the Council continues to develop community partnerships. Two of those relationships include on-going discussions with both Tim Smith, Executive Director of […]

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April 1, 2019

Franklin/Grand Isle Recap, March 2019

As we continue to “spring forward” into April, the Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Council continues to identify and work towards council initiatives, set to be finalized at the March BBF council meeting. To do so, the Council continues to develop community partnerships. Two of those relationships include on-going discussions with both Tim Smith, Executive Director of […]

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April 1, 2019

Caledonia/S. Essex Recap, March 2019

The Caledonia/Southern Essex region is in the midst of a staffing transition. Dawn Powers has stepped into an exciting role as the Director of the NEKCA Parent Child Center. BBF is pleased to announce Linda Michniewicz has accepted the BBF Regional Coordinator position serving the Orleans/Northern Essex and Caledonia/Southern Essex regions. Leaders from each of […]

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