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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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April 1, 2019

Caledonia/S. Essex Recap, March 2019

The Caledonia/Southern Essex region is in the midst of a staffing transition. Dawn Powers has stepped into an exciting role as the Director of the NEKCA Parent Child Center. BBF is pleased to announce Linda Michniewicz has accepted the BBF Regional Coordinator position serving the Orleans/Northern Essex and Caledonia/Southern Essex regions. Leaders from each of […]

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February 5, 2019

Caledonia & So. Essex Regional Recap November 2018

At our October 15th council meeting, 38 early childhood professionals and community partners representing both regions in the Northeast Kingdom attended the presentation on the STep Ahead Recognition Systems (STARS), the state’s quality and improvement rating system for early care and learning programs, with Melissa Riegel-Garrett and Heather Mattison from the Child Development Division (CDD). […]

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February 1, 2019

The Strengthening Families Approach

By Dawn Powers The Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) is striving to create and integrate a sustainable, systems-wide Strengthening Families (SF) approach. This is an evidence-based approach focused on increasing family strengths, while simultaneously promoting child development, and reducing risk of child abuse and neglect. Identification and promotion of protective factors for children and […]

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January 2, 2019

Caledonia & So. Essex Recap January 2019

At our December 17th BBF Regional Council meeting, we hosted a Substance Use Disorder professional development opportunity in collaboration with Kingdom Recovery Center and Oak Leaf and Pine Counseling.  The workshop was presented by Carol Smith from Oak Leaf and Pine Counseling, PLC.  We had 26 community partners attend. This two hour training provided basic concepts related to substance abuse and […]

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