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October 14, 2020

The Early MTSS-123 Project: ONE Early Childhood System, TWO Social and Emotional Interventions, THREE Core Groups

In the past few months, a new Early Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (Early MTSS) and Strengthening Families pilot project was introduced in Franklin/Grand Isle, Orleans/Northern Essex, and Northern Windsor/Orange in partnership with Dr. Lori Meyer from the University of Vermont, Building Bright Futures and Pyramid 802 PLUS. This is an opportunity for Early MTSS coaches […]

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May 6, 2020

Coming Together in the Northeast Kingdom during COVID-19

The notice popped up in my inbox the other day-”This to-do is due soon: April testimonial”.  A testimonial, by definition, is a “positive tribute to someone and to their achievements.”  It is difficult to single out one person to write a testimonial about during this recent unprecedented health crisis, so this is a testimonial to […]

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February 26, 2020

Caledonia & S. Essex Regional Recap, February 2020

The BBF and PCC “mini grants” were awarded in January to 7 applicants that successfully presented proposals that addressed the PCC 8 Core Services and/or an Outcome area from the Caledonia/S.Essex BBF Regional Action Plan.  Enhancing kindergarten transition practices that support children and families, supporting literacy activities, and home visiting and healthy children are some […]

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January 23, 2020

Reflections on a Career in Early Childhood Education

This guest blog is written by Caledonia/SEssex Building Bright Futures Council member, April Zajko, an early childhood educator and consultant, and owner of her own consulting business, April’s Learning Tree (http://www.aprilsteachingtree.com). One of the best aspects of being an early childhood educator is the sense of community in our profession and the support that I […]

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January 3, 2020

Caledonia & So. Essex Regional Recap, December 2019

The BBF & PCC “mini grants” were announced in November, and applications were distributed widely throughout the region.  The grant process has been updated to include a more formal application form, and requiring more accountability to outcomes related to the Parent Child Center’s eight core services and the BBF Regional Action Plan for Caledonia/S.Essex counties.  […]

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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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September 20, 2019

Caledonia & So. Essex Recap, September 2019

The Caledonia/S. Essex Building Bright Futures Council and Steering Committee have been reviewing accomplishments over the past year, and reviewing data and comments from Council members to develop an action plan for the new year. At the June Council meeting, we heard from recipients of direct service mini grants, funded in collaboration with the Parent […]

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August 26, 2019

A New Look and New Leadership at the Parent Child Center

The Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA)  Parent Child Center (PCC) located in St. Johnsbury is part of a network of 15 centers in Vermont that help families make sure children get off to a healthy start.  Services include playgroups, parent education, parent support, early childhood programs, home visiting, information and referral and community development activities.  […]

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July 3, 2019

Calendonia and So. Essex Recap June 2019

“Ready or not, here we come”…..Transitioning to preschool and kindergarten was a major focus in the region during the months of May and June.  One of the strategies in our Regional Action Plan is “Children and families are supported during transition to preschool/kindergarten”.  Several community and school-based groups applied for funding through a partnership between […]

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June 3, 2019

Regional Shared Services Hub Comes to the Northeast Kingdom

It is an all too familiar scenario being played out over and over across our region and state:  Childcare centers struggling to stay open and struggling to find qualified staff while parents struggle to find quality care.  “Promoting, supporting and creating high quality childcare in our region” is a priority identified by the Orleans and […]

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April 1, 2019

Caledonia/S. Essex Recap, March 2019

The Caledonia/Southern Essex region is in the midst of a staffing transition. Dawn Powers has stepped into an exciting role as the Director of the NEKCA Parent Child Center. BBF is pleased to announce Linda Michniewicz has accepted the BBF Regional Coordinator position serving the Orleans/Northern Essex and Caledonia/Southern Essex regions. Leaders from each of […]

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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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