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A two-year-old attending a hearing/vision screening with CIS/Early Intervention in Bennington, Vermont
April 5, 2022

VECF Spotlight: Bringing vision and hearing screening to more Bennington kids

Babies and toddlers in the Bennington region now have better access to vision and hearing screenings through the Children’s Integrated Services Early Intervention Program for the Bennington region. In January, Building Bright Futures (BBF) announced the recipients of grants from the Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF). Grantees work with BBF Regional Councils to improve the […]

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January 19, 2022

BBF Awards $100,000 in Vermont Early Childhood Fund Grants

Building Bright Futures Regional Councils awards $100,000 in Vermont Early Childhood Fund grants to improve the well-being of children, families and communities Building Bright Futures (BBF) announced seven recipients of grants from the Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF). Grantees will work with BBF Regional Councils to improve the well-being of children (prenatal–age 8) and families, […]

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October 8, 2021

BBF Launches the Vermont Early Childhood Fund with $100K to Communities

Building Bright Futures is pleased to announce the creation of the Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) providing grants of $10,000-$20,000 for up to 7 grantees to support creative solutions that will 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 […]

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March 2, 2020

Breaking New Ground with Betsy Rathbun Gunn of Bennington County Head Start

One of the definitions of the word ‘partner’ is one who shares.  The word takes on a depth of meanings and added strength in the context of the early childhood profession.  Partnership is about action; it is the way that we do our work in the Bennington region- by sharing strengths and resources while assisting […]

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February 26, 2020

Bennington Regional Recap, February 2020

Once again this year the Bennington Parent Child Center, Sunrise Family Resource Center, has given the BBF Early Childhood Council the opportunity to weigh in the direct services grants funded from the PCC Master Grant.  The Council hears from grantees and then has the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.  It is a great […]

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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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November 22, 2019

Welcome to Camp Be-A-Kid, Helping Children Build Social Emotional Skills

Children who have strong social emotional skills are ready to learn, ready for school and ready for life.  However, there are many children and families that need support to move forward in life.  Right now, there is not enough capacity in the mental health system for children and their families, resulting in some children not […]

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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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July 31, 2019

Bennington’s Pre-K Providers a Model of Successful Partnerships

Pre-K in the Bennington Region is a study in successful partnerships.  Across the United States, more and more school districts are providing pre-K to both three- and four-year-olds. The movement started from a Pew Charitable Trust 10 year campaign to advance high-quality voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year-olds.  There was a challenge to national […]

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July 3, 2019

Bennington Recap June 2019

The Bennington Council continued to explore the data dilemma.  How do we as a region understand the richness of the data that we have, how do we use it to assess and improve programs? One of the issues is that we are looking for short-term data, which does not really tell the region about efficacy […]

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April 1, 2019

Bennington Recap, March 2019

The weather the last several months have played havoc on the monthly council meetings. It is the first time that Bennington has missed three Council Meetings in a row. The data discussion around the release of How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families had to be postponed until after Early Childhood Day at the Legislature. […]

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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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