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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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February 5, 2019

Rutland Regional Recap November 2018

This Fall the Rutland Council wanted to better understand the needs and resources around food insecurity in the state and in Rutland county.  We were joined by Jill Hamilton MA, RDN, Public Health Nutritionist III, WIC Supervisor at the Vermont Department of Health. Hunger in Vermont is a very real and present factor. According to […]

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February 1, 2019

Meet Chris Hulquist of Mentor Connector

by Darla Senecal, Regional Coordinator Last year Chris Hultquist of Mentor Connector placed 149 kids with mentors in Rutland County. There is a trend among the youngest members in the program. They are appearing with higher rates of trauma, and entering the program with more challenging histories. Finding and training mentors that are prepared to […]

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