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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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November 1, 2019

Rutland Region Recap, October 2019

In September the Rutland Building Bright Futures Council was visited by Charlie Gliserman from the Vermont Early Childhood Alliance, who gave us a review of the past legislative session and spoke about advocacy via the Alliance. During the 2019 legislative session, children were a clear priority in the State House. While not every program tracked […]

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October 31, 2019

Springfield Area Regional Recap, October 2019

The Springfield Area Regional Council has continued to use council meeting times to learn about community resources, share ideas and events, and discuss impacts to children and families.  Recently the council learned more about Vermont 211.  We learned about the call center and its role in the community, the importance of keeping information within the […]

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October 31, 2019

Southeast Regional Recap, October 2019

Thirty five early childhood professionals came together at the beginning of October for an Early Childhood mixer. It was truly a mixer with representatives from home, center, and school based programs, Children’s Integrated Services, the Parent Child Center, the Vermont Department of Health, Rise VT, 211, Let’s Grow Kids, and more. In addition to building […]

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October 31, 2019

Central Vermont Recap, October 2019

Our Council meetings have brought together a number of new partners during the last few meetings. As we’re gearing up for Universal Pre-K conversations (taking place at our November meeting – please note the changed location!- Barre’s Department of Health Penthouse) we have been delighted to be having some very valuable meeting time with Rebecca […]

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October 31, 2019

Bennington Recap, October 2019

It is the season for starting up- children start kindergarten and families begin to enjoy all of the fall activities. It means those of us serving families are ramping up too.  In Vermont, a lot of things happen in the fall before the inclement weather hits. We have three programs that have reached the 50 […]

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October 31, 2019

Caledonia & So. Essex Recap, October 2019

The BBF Regional Council supported a variety of events during the months of September and October.  The “All Things Lyndon” group, a group that started as a Promise Community initiative, has been holding a  “Family Fun Friday” activity, on the first Friday of the month, since June, with support from a PCC/BBF “mini grant” and […]

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October 29, 2019

Supporting Families and Teachers as they Teach Emotional Processing

The Chittenden Regional Council’s Action Plan includes the following strategy, “Children’s social and emotional needs are met.” While the language used here is simple, the action steps and research involved in doing this right is quite complex. How do we ensure that a child’s emotional needs are being met, so that they are able to […]

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