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January 30, 2020

Addison Regional Recap, January 2020

In December the Addison Council was visited by John Elder, Middlebury College Professor Emeritus, who  spoke about the recent gathering at Breadloaf, “Vermont 2050 Eco Civ Workshop: Rethinking the Urban-Rural Relationship. A diverse group was assembled to consider what Vermont might look like in 2050. One project that came out of the discussion 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

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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October 24, 2019

Equity

by Su White, Teaching Director, Quarry Hill School, Middlebury Co-leader, Addison County Directors Network 2018 Early Childhood Leadership Institute, Snelling Center In considering equity so many things come to mind- and as ideas bubble up and recede, what remains through my sifted thoughts is: “being heard”, “being seen”, “being respected”. In short- BELONGING. In the world […]

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September 20, 2019

Addison Recap, September 2019

Staff recruitment and retention for early childhood providers continues to be a challenge in Addison County as well as the rest of the State.  The Addison council took time recently to ask key questions. *What makes a good employee? *What brings people to this work? *Where do we find them? *Why do they leave? *How […]

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July 23, 2019

Addison Recap July 2019

In June the Addison BBF Council paused to review the Regional Action Plan by considering the challenges, opportunities and successes of the region. The council focused on community partners and support for existing projects having the greatest impact on children and families. There was much crossover with the work of the Addison Integrated Family Services […]

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May 22, 2019

Addison Recap, May 2019

It may not seem that substance use disorder is a family matter, but the struggles are complex and come with very real consequences.  Substance use disorder is often referred to as a family disease, which is true both from a genetic and social point of view. Substance use disorder can have a ripple effect. A […]

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April 18, 2019

Parents Supporting Thoughtful Technology

In Middlebury a group of parents have joined together to talk about and investigate screen time and its impact on children and families. Amy Mason, Samantha Farrell Schmitt, and Julie Berry founded the organization Parents Supporting Thoughtful Technology after they attended a parent meeting in Weybridge, VT, where Dr. Michael Seaton, a local pediatrician, led […]

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April 1, 2019

Addison Recap, March 2019

A highly-qualified early childhood educator, one who knows how to create a dynamic, accountable learning environment, is at the heart of a high-quality early learning experience. Professional development opportunities are key to keeping staff informed and engaged in their work. Keeping children safe and happy is the main concern for all early childhood educators. This […]

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February 5, 2019

Addison Regional Recap November 2018

Data from schools and organizations serving children show low levels of resiliency among youth and a feeling of being undervalued in their communities which is undermining their belief in themselves and their ability to handle life’s inevitable challenges. Addison County Parent Child Center, Building Bright Futures, the Counseling Service of Addison County, the Vermont Department of Health, […]

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February 1, 2019

Building Resiliency in Our Children

by Darla Senecal Surveys of our youth suggest that from an early age our children are often feeling low optimism, low self-worth, and high anxiety. Fortunately studies also show us that the ability to overcome negative experiences can be taught. More and more, people are examining the concept of “resilience,” defined as the ability to […]

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