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March 21, 2019

On the Ground with Vermont’s Early Childhood Educator of the Year

I had the pleasure to sit down with Melanie Zinn a few weeks ago. She wears many hats and holds many titles including: Director of the Horizon Early Learning Program; Regional Starting Points Network Co-Leader and Secretary; VCHIP Parent Partner for a primary care office; Vermont’s 2018 Early Childhood Educator of the Year; Advocate and […]

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March 18, 2019

Updating the Statewide Early Childhood Plan

In 2014, Building Bright Futures crafted the Early Childhood Action Plan (ECAP), which codifies statewide strategies to realize the six goals for early childhood identified in the Early Childhood Framework. To review, those goals are: All children have a healthy start. Families and communities play a leading role in a child’s well-being. All children and […]

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March 11, 2019

From Community Conversations to Proposed Legislation

If you’ve been following the news in Vermont over the last few months, you’ll know that addressing Vermont’s child care crisis is front of mind for the administration and legislature this session. Here at Building Bright Futures, we’re excited to see our state’s leaders commit to action on this issue. We’re especially excited to see […]

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March 5, 2019

February 2019 State Advisory Council Recap

The February SAC meeting kicked off with organizational updates on the Executive Director Hiring Process and term limits for the council Co-Chairs. In March, the SAC will vote on a new public Co-Chair. BBF is laying the groundwork to facilitate an update to Vermont’s Early Childhood Action Plan (ECAP). We are assembling a working group […]

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February 25, 2019

What is Early MTSS?

Those of you in the field of early education have most likely heard the buzz or perhaps even attended a training to learn more about Early MTSS. The Early Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Pyramid Model or ‘Early MTSS’ has gained a ton of popularity here in Vermont, as well as on the national level, for […]

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February 7, 2019

Early MTSS in the Orange East Supervisory Union

Have you ever wondered what Early Multi Tiered Systems of Support, or EMTSS is?  This blog is all about how the Orange East Supervisory Union is working to implement Early MTSS, the successes and challenges, as well as hopes for the future, through an interview with practice-based coach, Jill Koppers, and the Early Education Services […]

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February 5, 2019

November 2018 State Advisory Council Recap

The Building Bright Futures State Advisory Council met on Monday, November 26, 2018 in Williston. The objectives of the meeting were: To provide feedback and approval on the final draft of the How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families Report; To endorse the recommendations of the Building Vermont’s Future from the Child Up Think Tank […]

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February 5, 2019

Bennington Regional Recap November 2018

Election Day has come and gone.  Bennington hosted its annual Legislative/Candidates Luncheon in October.  It is always a positive event and the opportunity for the early childhood community to educate our legislators about the importance of quality early childhood services, including health, mental health, home visiting and other community and support services, as well as […]

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February 5, 2019

Caledonia & So. Essex Regional Recap November 2018

At our October 15th council meeting, 38 early childhood professionals and community partners representing both regions in the Northeast Kingdom attended the presentation on the STep Ahead Recognition Systems (STARS), the state’s quality and improvement rating system for early care and learning programs, with Melissa Riegel-Garrett and Heather Mattison from the Child Development Division (CDD). […]

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February 5, 2019

Central Vermont Regional Recap November 2018

The Regional Council was able to leverage funds and networks at the Council table to make a significant investment in professional development activities in this last two months. The well-organized efforts of our partners at Help Me Grow and the Universal Developmental Screening Registry efforts were key to these successes. We supported a diverse array […]

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February 5, 2019

Chittenden Regional Recap November 2018

Utilizing our Regional Road Map and Chittenden BBF Regional Action Plan as our guide, the council has started to dig deeper into a few key issues this fall: Food Security, Substance Use Disorder (and the impact on families), Social/Emotional Development, and Early Childhood Advocacy. Our friends at Hunger Free Vermont and WIC helped to inform […]

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February 5, 2019

Franklin Grand Isle Regional Recap November 2018

The council has been in the process of hiring a new regional coordinator for the past few months. We are excited to share that the position has been filled by Elizabeth Hamel. Liz has been in direct service work for the past 5 ½ years, specifically in early childhood mental health and early special education. […]

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