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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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January 30, 2020

Franklin Grand Isle Regional Recap, January 2020

The Starting Points Leaders of Franklin and Grand Isle are now known as the Vermont Early Childhood Network of Franklin and Grand Isle. They are child care providers who have stepped up to be leaders in their field to offer professional development and networking to their colleagues through a grant from Let’s Grow Kids and […]

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November 27, 2019

Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Recap, November 2019

With the end of the year approaching, the Franklin/Grand Isle BBF Regional Council has made incredible strides to offer the community a multitude of supports and efforts towards supporting early childhood and families. The council has really delved into the on-going Action Plan, discussed how projects can meet the needs of the community, and partnered […]

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November 18, 2019

Community Libraries’ Role in Building Resilient Communities

The charge to build resilient communities is one that multiple collaborative partners strive towards, together, across the state of Vermont. With the support and investments of so many advocates, highlighting every incredible ally in this journey can be difficult. In the Franklin and Grand Isle regions, however, one of our stellar partners in building resilient […]

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September 20, 2019

Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Recap

The BBF Regional Council hosted a region-wide Infant/Toddler Drive in June, with participation from over 12 locations across the region. Each donation site was set up to collect donations to help support the Parent Child Center, Family Birthing Center and Community Action, offering concrete supports for families who needed clothing, infant supplies, and various food […]

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August 13, 2019

Playing Around: Are We Recognizing the Critical Role of Play in Our Developing Children?

In the year 2019, the demands on our children’s developing minds and bodies looks vastly different than they did previously. From academic requirements to basic skill-building, the focus on structured routines and curricula throughout a child’s daily routine can leave little room for free time. As we consider what our communities’ youngest members need to […]

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July 23, 2019

Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Recap July 2019

Share a bright spot from you or your Council’s work over the last two months: The BBF Regional Council was excited to host three sessions for the Child Development Division’s STARS Phase 2 Tour for Franklin/Grand Isle. With support from the Vermont Department of Health, over 20 early care providers and a dozen other early […]

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May 22, 2019

Franklin Grand Isle Recap, May 2019

Through an on-going process and revision of the BBF Regional Council Action Plan since January 2019, the council is happy to announce that the FY19-FY21 Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Action Plan has been updated! This process was a group effort and each member was able to offer insights to what’s working well in the region and […]

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May 16, 2019

The HEART Program in the Franklin/Grand Isle Region

Having a baby is one of the most profoundly impactful experiences of any parent or caregiver. With our society creeping in with visions of what pregnancy and post-partum life looks like for parents, caregivers and whole families, the reality of what this time can feel like looks different for every individual and family. From lack […]

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April 1, 2019

Franklin/Grand Isle 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 5, 2019

Franklin Grand Isle Regional Recap November 2018

The council has been in the process of hiring a new regional coordinator for the past few months. We are excited to share that the position has been filled by Elizabeth Hamel. Liz has been in direct service work for the past 5 ½ years, specifically in early childhood mental health and early special education. […]

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February 1, 2019

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

The Franklin/Grand Isle council is known for its attentiveness in seeking meaningful ways to engage with and provide for the community. Our diverse council is well-versed in the importance of positive experiences during the early years, and is committed to ensuring all children have a healthy start. The council knows that creating a pathway for […]

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