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June 18, 2019

Gaining Confianza: Cross-Cultural Lessons on Community Progress

by Deb Kitzmiller, Brattleboro District’s Maternal and Child Health Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Health Twenty years ago, in the Peace Corps in El Salvador, I was taught a life lesson that proved so valuable that I’m still reflecting on it within my work today. In 1999, Brattleboro based SIT/ World Learning taught me […]

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April 1, 2019

Southeast Vermont Recap, March 2019

Thank you to the Windham County Legislators who were able to come to the Early Childhood Day at the Legislature lunch on Wednesday and to all of you for being open to constituents during much of your ‘free’ time. Based on a discussion at that lunch about engaging together differently from only providing data and […]

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April 1, 2019

April is Month of the Young Child in Windham County

Windham County is working together to make our communities more family friendly. One place where we continue to be successful is the annual Month of the Young Child (MOYC). It’s a time to turn our attention to the many people, places and programs that support the healthy development of our next generation by laying the […]

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March 21, 2019

On the Ground with Vermont’s Early Childhood Educator of the Year

I had the pleasure to sit down with Melanie Zinn a few weeks ago. She wears many hats and holds many titles including: Director of the Horizon Early Learning Program; Regional Starting Points Network Co-Leader and Secretary; VCHIP Parent Partner for a primary care office; Vermont’s 2018 Early Childhood Educator of the Year; Advocate and […]

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February 5, 2019

Southeastern Vermont Regional Recap November 2018

This fall, the Southeast Vermont BBF Council has been focused on supporting learning opportunities and promotion of resources to our region. Three highlights are below. The Windham Early Childhood Educators Coop (Starting Points Network) sought to bring the Bridges Out of Poverty training to the region. Along with the Green Street Promise Community, the BBF […]

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February 1, 2019

What’s Right? Southeast Vermont’s Month of the Young Child

By Dora Levinson Appreciative Inquiry is a philosophy that looks at systems and asks the question, ‘What’s right?’ rather than ‘What’s wrong?’. There is no doubt that early childhood systems in Vermont face significant challenges. Families struggle to have their basic needs met. There are not enough accessible child care and early learning opportunities. Service […]

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