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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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February 12, 2020

Resilience and Grit: A Father’s Story

The Chittenden Regional Council is committed to honoring and valuing the voices of families that live in our community, and we hold those voices up each and every time we work together towards our common goals. Whether or not families are at our physical meeting tables, their seat is arguably the most important, and their perspectives are critical […]

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February 7, 2020

January 2020 State Advisory Council Recap

January’s State Advisory Council Meeting was held at the State House and covered some critical topics including the How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families report, performance measures for the organization, and some changes to the annual cycle of how we do our work.  We also discussed sustainability plans for the future of BBF and […]

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February 3, 2020

Using Libraries to Help Families Heal

Have you had a pet die?  Have you experienced the death of a loved one?  Does someone you know have alzehimers? Have you been impacted by separation or divorce? How do you talk to children about these situations? Is there a library in town?  Wait, how are these things connected?  I promise they are, give […]

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January 30, 2020

Orleans & No. Essex Regional Recap, January 2020

BBF hosted the VT Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance Executive Director Matt Levin at the December Council meeting.  Matt introduced the Alliance Legislative 2020 agenda that generated a conversation regarding the needs of the children and families in the Northeast Kingdom. The region is fortunate to have weekly playgroups in various locations around the Orleans/N.Essex county […]

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January 30, 2020

Northern Windsor & Orange Regional Recap, January 2020

The Northern Windsor and Orange Council has been going through a process to determine what topics should be focused on for the upcoming year.  We have been discussing what is having the greatest impact on our region, what topics support actions that we could take to make an impact, and where do we have the […]

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January 30, 2020

Addison Regional Recap, January 2020

In December the Addison Council was visited by John Elder, Middlebury College Professor Emeritus, who  spoke about the recent gathering at Breadloaf, “Vermont 2050 Eco Civ Workshop: Rethinking the Urban-Rural Relationship. A diverse group was assembled to consider what Vermont might look like in 2050. One project that came out of the discussion was the […]

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January 30, 2020

Franklin Grand Isle Regional Recap, January 2020

The Starting Points Leaders of Franklin and Grand Isle are now known as the Vermont Early Childhood Network of Franklin and Grand Isle. They are child care providers who have stepped up to be leaders in their field to offer professional development and networking to their colleagues through a grant from Let’s Grow Kids and […]

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January 30, 2020

Lamoille Regional Recap, January 2020

The Council just completed our annual legislative event – this year at Capstone’s Lamoille County Early Learning Center in Morrisville. We were excited to hold the event together, and at a time when parents would be dropping off their kids at the Lamoille Early Learning Center at Capstone in Morrisville. Capstone has four classrooms with […]

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January 30, 2020

Chittenden Regional Recap, January 2020

Bright Spots: In partnership with Champlain Valley Head Start, our Substance Use Disorder Families Collective Impact project is moving forward with the implementation of a new parenting curriculum from the Devereux Center for Resilient Children called, Your Journey Together (YJT).YJT shows parents how to use ordinary, everyday routines, activities and interactions as resilience-building opportunity through […]

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January 23, 2020

Reflections on a Career in Early Childhood Education

This guest blog is written by Caledonia/SEssex Building Bright Futures Council member, April Zajko, an early childhood educator and consultant, and owner of her own consulting business, April’s Learning Tree (http://www.aprilsteachingtree.com). One of the best aspects of being an early childhood educator is the sense of community in our profession and the support that I […]

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January 17, 2020

There Is No Health Without Mental Health

Building Bright Futures just released the 2019 How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families report. As a State Advisory Council (SAC) priority for both 2018 and 2019, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health (ECFMH) is a primary focus of the report with our first ever Data Spotlight in addition to the SAC recommendations. It is […]

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