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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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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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