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February 26, 2020

Southeast Vermont Regional Recap, February 2020

Council Recognitions At each council meeting, we take 5 minutes to recognize the work of a team or individual for their contributions to our collective work. In 2019 we recognized 4 event organizing teams (Recovery Postpartum Doula training, Month of the Young Child, Early Childhood Mixer, and Windham County Early Childhood Legislative Forum) and 6 […]

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January 10, 2020

Southeastern Vermont Child Care Providers Talk with Legislators

This article was originally published in the Brattleboro Reformer and is available here. We are grateful for permission to share with the Building Bright Futures community. By Bob Audette BRATTLEBORO — Living in a small town has its pluses and its minuses, said Sue Graff, a field services director in Brattleboro for the Vermont Agency […]

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January 3, 2020

Springfield Area Regional Recap, December 2019

The Springfield Area Council has continued to support families by hosting a make and take craft event, light tour and cookie swap, a tame your inner shark music class and more. The council noted the importance of using a variety of activities for families and caregivers to increase options for the right fit to learn […]

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January 3, 2020

Southeast Vermont Regional Recap, December 2019

Our annual legislative meeting was held on December 3rd. This year, our small group discussions were focused on physical, mental, and dental health access, access to high quality, affordable child care, and community resilience/social isolation. We are continuing to work to support the Windham Regional Career Center in restarting the Early Childhood Education pathway in […]

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October 31, 2019

Southeast Regional Recap, October 2019

Thirty five early childhood professionals came together at the beginning of October for an Early Childhood mixer. It was truly a mixer with representatives from home, center, and school based programs, Children’s Integrated Services, the Parent Child Center, the Vermont Department of Health, Rise VT, 211, Let’s Grow Kids, and more. In addition to building […]

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September 17, 2019

How Many Different Colors of Apples Can You Count?

Have you ever heard of The Basics or Boston Basics? I hope that after this quick read, you will remember the name, and will hopefully be interested in finding out more. As a BBF coordinator, I can think of many places where the environment is perfect for young children and families to have high quality […]

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July 3, 2019

Southeast Vermont Recap June 2019

As the 2019 fiscal year comes to a close, the Southeast Vermont BBF Council has been reviewing our priority areas. In these reviews, we have been looking at achievements, challenges, opportunities, and plans for moving forward. Below are one success, one opportunity for moving forward, and an exciting initiative for the coming year. Success: Between […]

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June 18, 2019

Gaining Confianza: Cross-Cultural Lessons on Community Progress

by Deb Kitzmiller, Brattleboro District’s Maternal and Child Health Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Health Twenty years ago, in the Peace Corps in El Salvador, I was taught a life lesson that proved so valuable that I’m still reflecting on it within my work today. In 1999, Brattleboro based SIT/ World Learning taught me […]

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April 1, 2019

Southeast Vermont Recap, March 2019

Thank you to the Windham County Legislators who were able to come to the Early Childhood Day at the Legislature lunch on Wednesday and to all of you for being open to constituents during much of your ‘free’ time. Based on a discussion at that lunch about engaging together differently from only providing data and […]

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April 1, 2019

April is Month of the Young Child in Windham County

Windham County is working together to make our communities more family friendly. One place where we continue to be successful is the annual Month of the Young Child (MOYC). It’s a time to turn our attention to the many people, places and programs that support the healthy development of our next generation by laying the […]

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March 21, 2019

On the Ground with Vermont’s Early Childhood Educator of the Year

I had the pleasure to sit down with Melanie Zinn a few weeks ago. She wears many hats and holds many titles including: Director of the Horizon Early Learning Program; Regional Starting Points Network Co-Leader and Secretary; VCHIP Parent Partner for a primary care office; Vermont’s 2018 Early Childhood Educator of the Year; Advocate and […]

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February 5, 2019

Southeastern Vermont Regional Recap November 2018

This fall, the Southeast Vermont BBF Council has been focused on supporting learning opportunities and promotion of resources to our region. Three highlights are below. The Windham Early Childhood Educators Coop (Starting Points Network) sought to bring the Bridges Out of Poverty training to the region. Along with the Green Street Promise Community, the BBF […]

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