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September 27, 2022

Share your feedback by Oct. 3 for Preschool Development Grant

Vermont is excited to develop an application to compete for a federal Preschool Development Grant. Please answer a very brief survey by Monday, Oct. 3 about what priorities you’d like to elevate for Preschool Development Grant (PDG) funds. Your input and prioritization for how Vermont uses these federal funds is important! You can learn more […]

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September 12, 2022

News from the Network: Family Engagement and Support

News from the Network is an email series from Building Bright Futures that spotlights the work of Regional Councils, updates related to early childhood data, emerging priorities from VECAP Committees, and more. Written by our Policy and Program Director Anna Brouillette, this update gives a closer look at BBF’s work across the state of Vermont […]

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September 7, 2022

Screening Helps Protect Young Kids from Lead Exposure

Although most parents know that lead paint is dangerous, especially for young children and pregnant people, did you know that lead poisoning doesn’t show any immediate symptoms? That’s why it’s required in Vermont for all 1- and 2-year-olds to be tested for blood lead levels, in line with national standards of pediatric care. Every 1- […]

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August 25, 2022

We’re hiring a Data and Policy Analyst

Are you interested in making Vermont a better place for children and families? Do you believe that the best way to tackle complex social issues is to bring together a diverse group of partners to work toward a common goal? Building Bright Futures (BBF) is expanding and is looking for a mission- and data-driven individual […]

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August 23, 2022

Support BBF by running a 10K on Sept. 11, 2022 at Killington

Spartan and Building Bright Futures are excited to partner for the 2022 Vermont Spartan Trail 10K and other weekend events at Killington. For every 10K trail race pass purchased using this link, Spartan Trail will donate a substantial portion of the proceeds to support the work of BBF.  Spartan Trail aims to bring more people […]

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August 17, 2022

2022 Family Needs Assessment now open; help us spread the word

The Building Bright Futures’ Families and Communities Committee has officially launched their 2022 Early Childhood Family Needs Assessment! This anonymous survey is open and we are asking Vermont parents and guardians with children under 9 years old to complete it. If you are a parent or guardian of a young child, please complete the survey now! […]

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A two-year-old attending a hearing/vision screening with CIS/Early Intervention in Bennington, Vermont
August 16, 2022

Grant applications to Vermont Early Childhood Fund will open Aug. 29

Building Bright Futures is pleased to announce a second round of grants will be available from the Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) to support creative solutions to improve the well-being of children (prenatal-age 8), families, as well as the Vermont communities in which they live.  Each year, BBF Regional Councils, the early childhood experts within […]

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August 11, 2022

New Data Brief Shows Strengths, Challenges of Children’s Integrated Services in Vermont

Building Bright Futures (BBF) has just released a new data brief, Examining Perspectives of Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) from Families Served by CIS Early Intervention. CIS is a prevention-focused program that provides support for parents or caregivers to understand and advocate for the needs of their children, provides a point person to support care coordination, […]

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June 21, 2022

Crossman completes 365 summits of Pico Mountain in 362 days for VT kids

June 21, 2022 (RUTLAND, VT.) – Randy Crossman, the 63-year-old Director of Facilities at Castleton University and 7th-generation Vermonter, completed his 365th summit of Pico Mountain in 362 days on Saturday June 18, 2022 to raise awareness and funding for Building Bright Futures, where his daughter, Dr. Morgan Crossman serves as Executive Director. Randy completed […]

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May 24, 2022

My journey to an Early Intervention evaluation

Recently, my 9-month-old was referred for an Early Intervention evaluation. My rational brain is grateful for the opportunity to include an early interventionist on his support team alongside his teachers, my partner, and me, and as someone working in the early childhood system, I know that this is what he needs to be successful. My […]

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May 16, 2022

You’re Invited: Celebration at Pico Mountain on Sat., June 18, 2022

When: Sat., June 18, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Pico Ski Clubhouse, 73 Alpine Drive, Rutland, VT What: Celebration event with prizes, raffles, refreshments, and outdoor games Who: All are welcome, including families with kids of all ages Questions? Contact Morgan Crossman, mcrossman@buildingbrightfutures.org Join us for a celebration of Randy Crossman’s 365th summit of […]

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