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January 23, 2020

Reflections on a Career in Early Childhood Education

This guest blog is written by Caledonia/SEssex Building Bright Futures Council member, April Zajko, an early childhood educator and consultant, and owner of her own consulting business, April’s Learning Tree (http://www.aprilsteachingtree.com). One of the best aspects of being an early childhood educator is the sense of community in our profession and the support that I […]

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January 17, 2020

There Is No Health Without Mental Health

Building Bright Futures just released the 2019 How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families report. As a State Advisory Council (SAC) priority for both 2018 and 2019, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health (ECFMH) is a primary focus of the report with our first ever Data Spotlight in addition to the SAC recommendations. It is […]

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January 10, 2020

Southeastern Vermont Child Care Providers Talk with Legislators

This article was originally published in the Brattleboro Reformer and is available here. We are grateful for permission to share with the Building Bright Futures community. By Bob Audette BRATTLEBORO — Living in a small town has its pluses and its minuses, said Sue Graff, a field services director in Brattleboro for the Vermont Agency […]

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January 3, 2020

Springfield Area Regional Recap, December 2019

The Springfield Area Council has continued to support families by hosting a make and take craft event, light tour and cookie swap, a tame your inner shark music class and more. The council noted the importance of using a variety of activities for families and caregivers to increase options for the right fit to learn […]

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January 3, 2020

Southeast Vermont Regional Recap, December 2019

Our annual legislative meeting was held on December 3rd. This year, our small group discussions were focused on physical, mental, and dental health access, access to high quality, affordable child care, and community resilience/social isolation. We are continuing to work to support the Windham Regional Career Center in restarting the Early Childhood Education pathway in […]

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January 3, 2020

Rutland Regional Recap, December 2019

At the top of the November Rutland BBF Council meeting Sue Densmore presented Liz King with the Vermont Early Childhood Conference Pay it Forward Award for her continued advocacy for young children. CONGRATULATIONS Liz! Just Play, No Way:  The Council decided to move the Annual event to Feb 8 at Rutland Regional Medical Center (pending […]

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January 3, 2020

Central Vermont Regional Recap, December 2019

Significant excitement and progress continues in the region around perinatal mental health work. New partnerships and initiatives are being developed to elevate knowledge and competencies around perinatal mood and anxiety disorders or PMADs. Collaboration with the state STAMPP grant as well as the Department of Health’s Breastfeeding master plan is ongoing. We’re pleased with the […]

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January 3, 2020

Caledonia & So. Essex Regional Recap, December 2019

The BBF & PCC “mini grants” were announced in November, and applications were distributed widely throughout the region.  The grant process has been updated to include a more formal application form, and requiring more accountability to outcomes related to the Parent Child Center’s eight core services and the BBF Regional Action Plan for Caledonia/S.Essex counties.  […]

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January 3, 2020

Bennington Regional Recap, December 2019

It is exciting to see that playgroups and story hours are happening across the Bennington Region.  Libraries are great early childhood partners.  Librarians have access to children and their families enabling them to share information and resources.   The Bennington BBF Early Childhood Council undertook large topics in both November and December.  November was the […]

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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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