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March 25, 2020

March 2020 State Advisory Council Recap

Building Bright Futures’ Executive Director, Dr. Morgan Crossman, delivered welcoming remarks. In light of the COVID-19 crisis evolving in Vermont and across the world, BBF held its first ever, all virtual State Advisory Council meeting this month, attended by more than 65 early childhood leaders (see listing at the bottom of this post).  Given the […]

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March 20, 2020

Facilitation Tips for Virtual Meetings

What do I have to offer to prevent the spread and impact of COVID 19? I’m not an infectious disease expert however I am a professional facilitator, convener and supervisor. Due to distance from colleagues, Zoom as a virtual meeting platform has become my primary tool to connect with colleagues across the state of Vermont. […]

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March 19, 2020

Child Care for Essential Workers

The State of Vermont – Office of Emergency Management just released information about a new web-based form available to help ensure childcare for essential workers, please see their press release below. In collaboration with public and private early childhood partners, BBF supported the development and launch of an infrastructure to assist Vermont’s essential workers be matched up […]

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March 13, 2020

Community Playgroups Increase Social Connections

Orleans and Northern Essex counties are known for beautiful unspoiled landscapes, and remote, sparsely populated communities.  For families with young children, making social connections can be challenging.  In several communities in Orleans and Northern Essex counties, community playgroups are being offered at a variety of venues, but with similar goals-to increase social connections by providing […]

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March 4, 2020

February 2020 State Advisory Council Recap

In February, the State Advisory Council took up several issues critical to our work, including assessing this year’s How Are Vermont’s Young Children & Families report, actions that can be taken to support the state’s Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) system, and the Needs Assessment being conducted as part of the Preschool Development Grant.  We also […]

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March 2, 2020

Breaking New Ground with Betsy Rathbun Gunn of Bennington County Head Start

One of the definitions of the word ‘partner’ is one who shares.  The word takes on a depth of meanings and added strength in the context of the early childhood profession.  Partnership is about action; it is the way that we do our work in the Bennington region- by sharing strengths and resources while assisting […]

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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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February 26, 2020

Springfield Area Regional Recap, February 2020

The Springfield Area Regional Council recently co-hosted a couple of trainings to support early childhood providers increase knowledge and better support children and families.  One of these trainings was an Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social and Emotional (ASQ:SE) where providers learned the differences between the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: 3rd edition (ASQ:3) especially the different […]

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February 26, 2020

Central Vermont Regional Recap, February 2020

As a neutral convenor, Building Bright Futures does not advocate for legislative action, nor for rule or policy changes in the administration. However, the Councils do support their members in being connected to their lawmakers and to the administration. The Councils also collect data and work to establish best practices across the system of early […]

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February 26, 2020

Caledonia & S. Essex Regional Recap, February 2020

The BBF and PCC “mini grants” were awarded in January to 7 applicants that successfully presented proposals that addressed the PCC 8 Core Services and/or an Outcome area from the Caledonia/S.Essex BBF Regional Action Plan.  Enhancing kindergarten transition practices that support children and families, supporting literacy activities, and home visiting and healthy children are some […]

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February 26, 2020

Bennington Regional Recap, February 2020

Once again this year the Bennington Parent Child Center, Sunrise Family Resource Center, has given the BBF Early Childhood Council the opportunity to weigh in the direct services grants funded from the PCC Master Grant.  The Council hears from grantees and then has the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.  It is a great […]

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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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