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July 23, 2019

Addison Recap July 2019

In June the Addison BBF Council paused to review the Regional Action Plan by considering the challenges, opportunities and successes of the region. The council focused on community partners and support for existing projects having the greatest impact on children and families. There was much crossover with the work of the Addison Integrated Family Services […]

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July 17, 2019

The Miracle of Breast Milk

By Mary Letourneau, RN, BSN, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant, CVMC Women and Children’s You probably have heard about some of the benefits of breastfeeding – it’s cheaper than formula, helps mom lose weight, fewer ear infections, allergies and colds for baby. But there’s so much more, and we are learning everyday about the amazing qualities of […]

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July 3, 2019

Springfield Area Recap June 2019

The Springfield Area Regional Council has been focusing on reflecting on what we have accomplished this past year and what we would like to focus on next year.  We did this by looking at data.  The council noted that the poverty levels have increased in the region.  In 2012, 19.6% of children under 6 lived […]

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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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July 3, 2019

Central Vermont Recap June 2019

We were pleased with the attendance, the conversations and feedback at the first and the seventeenth STARs Evolution Phase 2 Road show. Increased focus and collaboration around Perinatal Mental Health has been working well in Central Vermont as a number of Council Members found themselves around the table at the Central Vermont Medical Center assisting […]

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July 3, 2019

Calendonia and So. Essex Recap June 2019

“Ready or not, here we come”…..Transitioning to preschool and kindergarten was a major focus in the region during the months of May and June.  One of the strategies in our Regional Action Plan is “Children and families are supported during transition to preschool/kindergarten”.  Several community and school-based groups applied for funding through a partnership between […]

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July 3, 2019

Bennington Recap June 2019

The Bennington Council continued to explore the data dilemma.  How do we as a region understand the richness of the data that we have, how do we use it to assess and improve programs? One of the issues is that we are looking for short-term data, which does not really tell the region about efficacy […]

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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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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 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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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 31, 2019

State Advisory Council Recap, May 2019

At the May meeting, after passing the FY20 budget for Building Bright Futures, the SAC delved into both of its priority areas for 2019, early childhood and family mental health (ECFMH) and supporting the early childhood workforce. In past meetings, the SAC heard from designated agencies and participated in small group discussions, leading to the […]

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