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July 10, 2020

We’re Hiring: Regional Coordinator for Central Vermont and Lamoille Valley

Building Bright Futures (BBF) is seeking a Regional Coordinator to support the Building Bright Futures regional early childhood councils in the Central Vermont and Lamoille Valley regions.  BBF regional councils bring together a diverse group of community members who are committed to children and families to identify gaps, share best practices, strategize, and support response […]

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July 8, 2020

State Advisory Council Recap, June 2020

In June the SAC met to conduct some general business and also receive updates on some crucial projects that are in progress.  The first task was to approve the fiscal year 2021 budget which was first presented to the SAC in May. The SAC voted to pass the budget unanimously. In response to recent high-profile […]

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June 3, 2020

Letters of love to new moms. Love, moms.

“Women can do hard things. You, my friend, can do hard things.” The following blog was shared with us by Kellie Campbell a Commissioner for the Vermont Commission on The following blog was shared with us by Kellie Campbell a Commissioner for the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW). Kellie Campbell is Chief Technology Officer at […]

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June 2, 2020

State Advisory Council Recap, May 2020

The past two SAC meetings have been primarily focused around updates from state agency partners and their activities responding to the COVID-19 crisis. With partners from across Vermont and from many sectors at the table, it has been a good opportunity to share information during a stressful and busy time. The May meeting of the […]

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May 31, 2020

Child Care Reopening: Resources to Support Social Emotional Needs

How do I support children and families as they return to child care? COVID-19 has changed our world and daily lives in so many ways, both big and small, impacting every person and family differently. For many of families with young children, the reopening of child care programs is the latest change and brings a […]

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May 28, 2020

Using Social Stories to Support Children with Transitions

Guest Blog by Cindy Cole, Director of Psychological Services for the Champlain Valley School District and guest on the May 27th BBF Early Childhood Forum on Mental Health. The picture below is of Cindy as seen through the eyes of a student. Social stories can be a really effective way to help children understand changes […]

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May 22, 2020

3 Ways BBF is Supporting Parents

“This time has been scary and we have been doing our best to adapt to these changes but there are definitely many concerns and struggles as we move forward!” – Alexis Duquette from Putney. Alexis is a mother of four children and was one of many parents and providers who responded to BBF’s call for […]

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May 6, 2020

Coming Together in the Northeast Kingdom during COVID-19

The notice popped up in my inbox the other day-”This to-do is due soon: April testimonial”.  A testimonial, by definition, is a “positive tribute to someone and to their achievements.”  It is difficult to single out one person to write a testimonial about during this recent unprecedented health crisis, so this is a testimonial to […]

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April 24, 2020

A Letter to the Early Childhood Community from our Executive Director

Dear Vermont’s Early Childhood Community, The events of this past month have been intense and tested the strength of families, communities and Vermont’s early childhood service system. Our state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving rapidly in a climate of uncertainty and we’re grateful for thoughtful decision-making. I want to take this moment to […]

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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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