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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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March 13, 2020

Community Playgroups Increase Social Connections

Orleans and Northern Essex counties are known for beautiful unspoiled landscapes, and remote, sparsely populated communities.  For families with young children, making social connections can be challenging.  In several communities in Orleans and Northern Essex counties, community playgroups are being offered at a variety of venues, but with similar goals-to increase social connections by providing […]

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January 30, 2020

Orleans & No. Essex Regional Recap, January 2020

BBF hosted the VT Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance Executive Director Matt Levin at the December Council meeting.  Matt introduced the Alliance Legislative 2020 agenda that generated a conversation regarding the needs of the children and families in the Northeast Kingdom. The region is fortunate to have weekly playgroups in various locations around the Orleans/N.Essex county […]

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November 27, 2019

Orleans and No. Essex Regional Recap, November 2019

The ONE Regional BBF Council has used the council meeting time to provide continuing education regarding trauma informed practices and resources. At the October meeting, we showed the documentary film, “Broken Places”, which explores why some children are permanently impacted by early adversity while others are able to thrive. Nationally known experts help the viewer […]

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November 8, 2019

Supporting Orleans Kids and Families through Creative Head Start Collaboration

In the small town of Barton, Vermont exists a model preschool program that not many outside of Orleans County know about.  The Central Orleans Family Education Center (COFEC) is a preschool collaboration between the Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) and the Northeast Kingdom Head Start/Early Head Start Program.  It is the result of a vision […]

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September 20, 2019

Orleans & No. Essex Recap, September 2019

A coalition of community partners from a variety of agencies, including Building Bright Futures, meets monthly as the Newport Building Flourishing Communities (BFC) committee.  The vision of BFC is for the Northeast Kingdom to be a “vibrant, intergenerational community that supports courageous, caring, competent adults in the daily lives of every child”.  The coalition seeks […]

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July 23, 2019

Orleans & No. Essex Recap July 2019

The focus of the June BBF Council meeting was the final part of a 3-part series on Substance Use Disorders that the Council has offered over the course of the year.  “Marijuana Use During Pregnancy-Parenting Implications” was presented by staff from the Newport office of the VT Department of Health: James Biernat, Julie Raboin and […]

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July 2, 2019

North Country Career Center Launches “Step Up To Childcare”

The North Country Career Center(NCCC) in Newport, in partnership with Northern Lights at CCV and Northeast Kingdom Learning Services (NEKLS), recently launched a new program, “Step Up To Childcare”, an innovative project designed to address the skilled labor shortage in the childcare profession and pair childcare centers with potential teachers through a paid internship.  The […]

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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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May 22, 2019

Orleans and Northern Essex Recap, May 2019

“Families and Communities play a leading role in children’s well-being” seemed to be a theme during April and May in the ONE BBF Region! The Council coordinated the annual “Dabble Day” event, where young children had an opportunity to learn while having fun participating in a variety of activities hosted by community partners.  There were […]

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April 1, 2019

Orleans/N. Essex Recap, March 2019

The Orleans/Northern 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

Orleans & No. Essex Regional Recap November 2018

Regional Council Meetings: At our October 1st BBF Regional Council meeting, we continued our conversation on diversity led by Dr. Karen Hack. This time our focus was on cultural humility aimed to promote council members’ personal reflection and development around culture in order to foster their knowledge and self- awareness. This was followed by a […]

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