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November 27, 2019

Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Recap, November 2019

With the end of the year approaching, the Franklin/Grand Isle BBF Regional Council has made incredible strides to offer the community a multitude of supports and efforts towards supporting early childhood and families. The council has really delved into the on-going Action Plan, discussed how projects can meet the needs of the community, and partnered […]

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November 27, 2019

Chittenden Regional Recap, November 2019

Bright Spots: Chittenden’s BBF Regional Council continues to support our community by offering additional Early MTSS trainings in Module 2 and 3 this winter. The turnout and provider engagement from the EMTSS trainings earlier this fall was overwhelmingly supportive, which speaks to the need and value of this framework. Holding these trainings aligns with our […]

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November 27, 2019

Addison Regional Recap, November 2019

Charlie Gliserman from the Vermont Early Childhood Alliance came to the Rutland Building Bright Futures Council meeting in September and spoke about the past legislative session. During the 2019 legislative session, children were a clear priority in the State House. While not every program tracked by the Alliance saw increased funding, the FY20 budget passed […]

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November 22, 2019

Welcome to Camp Be-A-Kid, Helping Children Build Social Emotional Skills

Children who have strong social emotional skills are ready to learn, ready for school and ready for life.  However, there are many children and families that need support to move forward in life.  Right now, there is not enough capacity in the mental health system for children and their families, resulting in some children not […]

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November 19, 2019

Family Engagement Manager RFP

Building Bright Futures seeks a consultant to support a family engagement assessment to be conducted across Vermont in partnership with BBF Regional Councils. The purpose of the family engagement assessment is to inform BBF on ways to improve the ways Vermont families with children 0-5 are given timely, accurate information about programs, services, and supports […]

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November 18, 2019

Community Libraries’ Role in Building Resilient Communities

The charge to build resilient communities is one that multiple collaborative partners strive towards, together, across the state of Vermont. With the support and investments of so many advocates, highlighting every incredible ally in this journey can be difficult. In the Franklin and Grand Isle regions, however, one of our stellar partners in building resilient […]

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November 13, 2019

Building Flourishing Communities in Northern Windsor & Orange

The experiences you have when you are young shape your brain development.  When an infant babbles and an adult babbles back (serve and return) the communication part of the brain is activated.  However, if the a caregiver is often on his/her phone and not interacting with a child, the child’s brain will develop differently to […]

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November 8, 2019

SAC and Regional Assembly Recap, October 2019

October marks the time in our work cycle where we bring together the SAC with Regional Leadership to share both challenges and creative solutions.  This meeting helps regional and state partners to build relationships and a sense of collective action, so that we may all work together to best serve Vermont’s young children. Executive Director […]

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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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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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October 31, 2019

Springfield Area Regional Recap, October 2019

The Springfield Area Regional Council has continued to use council meeting times to learn about community resources, share ideas and events, and discuss impacts to children and families.  Recently the council learned more about Vermont 211.  We learned about the call center and its role in the community, the importance of keeping information within the […]

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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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