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September 29, 2022

VECF Spotlight: Training Tomorrow’s Educators in Rutland County

At the Rutland County Parent-Child Center (RCPCC), college and high school students are getting hands-on training in early childhood education with the support of a grant from Building Bright Futures’ Vermont Early Childhood Fund. (Applications for the next round of VECF grants are open through Oct. 7, 2022.) This grant is a strategy to address […]

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June 21, 2022

Crossman completes 365 summits of Pico Mountain in 362 days for VT kids

June 21, 2022 (RUTLAND, VT.) – Randy Crossman, the 63-year-old Director of Facilities at Castleton University and 7th-generation Vermonter, completed his 365th summit of Pico Mountain in 362 days on Saturday June 18, 2022 to raise awareness and funding for Building Bright Futures, where his daughter, Dr. Morgan Crossman serves as Executive Director. Randy completed […]

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March 31, 2022

News from the Network: March 2022

Supporting an Integrated System of Care March 2022 News from the Network is an email series from Building Bright Futures that spotlights the work of Regional Councils, updates related to early childhood data, emerging priorities from VECAP Committees, and more. Written by our Policy and Program Director Anna Brouillette, this update gives a closer look […]

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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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January 10, 2022

News from the Network: December 2021

News from the Network is a series from Building Bright Futures that spotlights a different priority each month from our 12 Regional Councils. Written by our Policy and Program Director Anna Brouillette, this update gives a closer look at BBF’s work across the state of Vermont to improve the well-being of young children 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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February 26, 2020

Rutland Regional Recap, February 2020

Rutland BBF Council member Margaret Dulli of the Department of HeaAll Postslth gave a presentation on Safe Sleep for infants and children. Unsafe sleep environments are responsible for four to six infant deaths in Vermont each year. This happens when a baby is unable to breathe because something covers their mouth or nose. A safe […]

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January 3, 2020

Rutland Regional Recap, December 2019

At the top of the November Rutland BBF Council meeting Sue Densmore presented Liz King with the Vermont Early Childhood Conference Pay it Forward Award for her continued advocacy for young children. CONGRATULATIONS Liz! Just Play, No Way:  The Council decided to move the Annual event to Feb 8 at Rutland Regional Medical Center (pending […]

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November 1, 2019

Rutland Region Recap, October 2019

In September the Rutland Building Bright Futures Council was visited by Charlie Gliserman from the Vermont Early Childhood Alliance, who gave us a review of the past legislative session and spoke about advocacy via the Alliance. During the 2019 legislative session, children were a clear priority in the State House. While not every program tracked […]

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July 3, 2019

Rutland Recap June 2019

Kindergarten readiness and transition has been part of the Rutland BBF Action Plan for some time. This winter a steering committee was formed containing members from Rutland Head Start, Rutland Mental Health, Rutland Central Supervisory Union and Rutland City Schools to begin planning a summit of regional stakeholders to promote increased parent engagement and support […]

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April 2, 2019

Rutland Recap, March 2019

In the past months the Rutland Council has been reviewing several reports and identifying trends and areas where support could be provided. A review of the Think Tank report produced a lot of discussion. There was concern for those who work outside of centers and how they might be affected by the recommendations (home-care providers, […]

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