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July 24, 2020

Chittenden Regional Project Highlight: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) – Making the Systems Work for Families

Overview The SUD – Making the Systems Work for Families Project is embedded in the BBF statewide network. To describe this network briefly, BBF has 12 regions throughout Vermont that align with the Agency of Human Services districts. Each regional early childhood council, supported by one of BBF’s Regional Council Coordinators, brings together community members […]

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February 12, 2020

Resilience and Grit: A Father’s Story

The Chittenden Regional Council is committed to honoring and valuing the voices of families that live in our community, and we hold those voices up each and every time we work together towards our common goals. Whether or not families are at our physical meeting tables, their seat is arguably the most important, and their perspectives are critical […]

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January 30, 2020

Chittenden Regional Recap, January 2020

Bright Spots: In partnership with Champlain Valley Head Start, our Substance Use Disorder Families Collective Impact project is moving forward with the implementation of a new parenting curriculum from the Devereux Center for Resilient Children called, Your Journey Together (YJT).YJT shows parents how to use ordinary, everyday routines, activities and interactions as resilience-building opportunity through […]

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November 27, 2019

Chittenden Regional Recap, November 2019

Bright Spots: Chittenden’s BBF Regional Council continues to support our community by offering additional Early MTSS trainings in Module 2 and 3 this winter. The turnout and provider engagement from the EMTSS trainings earlier this fall was overwhelmingly supportive, which speaks to the need and value of this framework. Holding these trainings aligns with our […]

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October 29, 2019

Supporting Families and Teachers as they Teach Emotional Processing

The Chittenden Regional Council’s Action Plan includes the following strategy, “Children’s social and emotional needs are met.” While the language used here is simple, the action steps and research involved in doing this right is quite complex. How do we ensure that a child’s emotional needs are being met, so that they are able to […]

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September 20, 2019

Chittenden Recap, September 2019

Chittenden’s BBF Regional Council is moving forward with our strategy to provide early care and learning professionals and service providers with Early Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) trainings in our region. In partnership with Help Me Grow, we used grant funds to hold two successful trainings in August, where about 50 professionals were trained in […]

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July 23, 2019

Chittenden Recap July 2019

Chittenden’s BBF Regional Council is focusing on Help Me Grow Outreach efforts this summer. We partnered with Let’s Grow Kids in June to co-host an event for families of Stonewood School North in Shelburne. LGK did a book drive, and we also purchased social emotional themed books, and talked to families about Help Me Grow, […]

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May 29, 2019

The Chittenden Clinic Takes a Family-Centered Approach to Opioid Treatment

Reducing the stigma of Substance Use Disorder, and reflecting on how we can do better for individuals and families that are receiving treatment supports in our community is a key action item that the Chittenden Regional Council has prioritized. Whether folks are trying to quit a substance for the first time or whether they have […]

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May 22, 2019

Chittenden Recap, May 2019

Chittenden’s BBF Regional Council is currently working on updating our Regional Action Plan to better reflect a few new key priorities in our community. We plan to add pieces on supporting breastfeeding, aligning efforts to better serve families with substance use disorder, and keeping equity and inclusion at the center of our work.  Measuring our […]

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May 1, 2019

Addressing Opioid Misuse in Chittenden with a Community of Practice

Building Bright Futures believes that the severity and complexity of impact that substance use disorders are having on children and families and our community is significant, and requires a continuum of care and services that include promotion, prevention, treatment and recovery. Working to integrate our care and treatment across children’s and adults’ services and programs […]

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April 1, 2019

Chittenden Recap, March 2019

As we continue to “spring forward” into April, the Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Council continues to identify and work towards council initiatives, set to be finalized at the March BBF council meeting. To do so, the Council continues to develop community partnerships. Two of those relationships include on-going discussions with both Tim Smith, Executive Director of […]

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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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