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December 9, 2019

“Cozy Kids” Keeps Addison Kids Warm and Dry

This story is reprinted with permission from the Addison Independent. Reporter John Flowers is at johnf@addisonindependent.com. MIDDLEBURY — As the thermometer drops en route to another frigid Vermont winter, a local nonprofit is raising money to make sure children from area low-income households have access to warm clothing. It’s called “Cozy Kids,” a program of […]

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November 27, 2019

Orleans and No. Essex Regional Recap, November 2019

The ONE Regional BBF Council has used the council meeting time to provide continuing education regarding trauma informed practices and resources. At the October meeting, we showed the documentary film, “Broken Places”, which explores why some children are permanently impacted by early adversity while others are able to thrive. Nationally known experts help the viewer […]

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November 27, 2019

Northern Windsor & Orange Regional Recap, November 2019

The Northern Windsor and Orange County Regional Council has a focus on ensuring our children are given quality experiences and education to strengthen their social and emotional health. The region has employed a variety of tools to address this priority including parenting classes, supporting professionals in the field with trainings and coaching, providing community education, […]

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November 27, 2019

Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Recap, November 2019

With the end of the year approaching, the Franklin/Grand Isle BBF Regional Council has made incredible strides to offer the community a multitude of supports and efforts towards supporting early childhood and families. The council has really delved into the on-going Action Plan, discussed how projects can meet the needs of the community, and partnered […]

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November 27, 2019

Chittenden Regional Recap, November 2019

Bright Spots: Chittenden’s BBF Regional Council continues to support our community by offering additional Early MTSS trainings in Module 2 and 3 this winter. The turnout and provider engagement from the EMTSS trainings earlier this fall was overwhelmingly supportive, which speaks to the need and value of this framework. Holding these trainings aligns with our […]

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November 27, 2019

Addison Regional Recap, November 2019

Charlie Gliserman from the Vermont Early Childhood Alliance came to the Rutland Building Bright Futures Council meeting in September and spoke about the past legislative session. During the 2019 legislative session, children were a clear priority in the State House. While not every program tracked by the Alliance saw increased funding, the FY20 budget passed […]

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November 22, 2019

Welcome to Camp Be-A-Kid, Helping Children Build Social Emotional Skills

Children who have strong social emotional skills are ready to learn, ready for school and ready for life.  However, there are many children and families that need support to move forward in life.  Right now, there is not enough capacity in the mental health system for children and their families, resulting in some children not […]

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November 19, 2019

Family Engagement Manager RFP

Building Bright Futures seeks a consultant to support a family engagement assessment to be conducted across Vermont in partnership with BBF Regional Councils. The purpose of the family engagement assessment is to inform BBF on ways to improve the ways Vermont families with children 0-5 are given timely, accurate information about programs, services, and supports […]

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November 18, 2019

Community Libraries’ Role in Building Resilient Communities

The charge to build resilient communities is one that multiple collaborative partners strive towards, together, across the state of Vermont. With the support and investments of so many advocates, highlighting every incredible ally in this journey can be difficult. In the Franklin and Grand Isle regions, however, one of our stellar partners in building resilient […]

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November 13, 2019

Building Flourishing Communities in Northern Windsor & Orange

The experiences you have when you are young shape your brain development.  When an infant babbles and an adult babbles back (serve and return) the communication part of the brain is activated.  However, if the a caregiver is often on his/her phone and not interacting with a child, the child’s brain will develop differently to […]

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November 8, 2019

SAC and Regional Assembly Recap, October 2019

October marks the time in our work cycle where we bring together the SAC with Regional Leadership to share both challenges and creative solutions.  This meeting helps regional and state partners to build relationships and a sense of collective action, so that we may all work together to best serve Vermont’s young children. Executive Director […]

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November 8, 2019

Supporting Orleans Kids and Families through Creative Head Start Collaboration

In the small town of Barton, Vermont exists a model preschool program that not many outside of Orleans County know about.  The Central Orleans Family Education Center (COFEC) is a preschool collaboration between the Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) and the Northeast Kingdom Head Start/Early Head Start Program.  It is the result of a vision […]

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