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Regional Council Recap

September 20, 2019

Lamoille Recap, September 2019

This month the Lamoille Council meeting hosted Michelle Salvador, the Vermont Department of Health’s Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant for the Lamoille Valley. The Council has worked with Michelle over the years on critical supports for young families in need, be it efforts to start a homeless shelter in Hyde Park, advocate for early prevention at […]

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Regional Council Recap

September 20, 2019

Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Recap

The BBF Regional Council hosted a region-wide Infant/Toddler Drive in June, with participation from over 12 locations across the region. Each donation site was set up to collect donations to help support the Parent Child Center, Family Birthing Center and Community Action, offering concrete supports for families who needed clothing, infant supplies, and various food […]

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Regional Council Recap

September 20, 2019

Chittenden Recap, September 2019

Chittenden’s BBF Regional Council is moving forward with our strategy to provide early care and learning professionals and service providers with Early Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) trainings in our region. In partnership with Help Me Grow, we used grant funds to hold two successful trainings in August, where about 50 professionals were trained in […]

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Regional Council Recap

September 20, 2019

Caledonia & So. Essex Recap, September 2019

The Caledonia/S. Essex Building Bright Futures Council and Steering Committee have been reviewing accomplishments over the past year, and reviewing data and comments from Council members to develop an action plan for the new year. At the June Council meeting, we heard from recipients of direct service mini grants, funded in collaboration with the Parent […]

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Regional Council Recap

September 20, 2019

Addison Recap, September 2019

Staff recruitment and retention for early childhood providers continues to be a challenge in Addison County as well as the rest of the State.  The Addison council took time recently to ask key questions. *What makes a good employee? *What brings people to this work? *Where do we find them? *Why do they leave? *How […]

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Blog

September 17, 2019

How Many Different Colors of Apples Can You Count?

Have you ever heard of The Basics or Boston Basics? I hope that after this quick read, you will remember the name, and will hopefully be interested in finding out more. As a BBF coordinator, I can think of many places where the environment is perfect for young children and families to have high quality […]

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September 16, 2019

Meet Jenn Chittick, a DULCE Family Specialist in Lamoille County

Developmental Understanding and Legal Collaboration for Everyone (DULCE) is transforming the way young families experience their doctors visits and their healthcare in general in a growing number of communities in Vermont. DULCE was featured at the ECAP Summit earlier this year and is expanding to several additional communities this fall. DULCE is an innovative intervention based […]

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September 10, 2019

Sharing Successes at the Help Me Grow National Conference

In May, four members of the Springfield Area Building Bright Futures Council had the opportunity to attend the Help Me Grow National Forum and learn more about Help Me Grow and how others are implementing the initiative.  The team that was able to attend is made up of Rachel Hunter from the Springfield School District, […]

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Blog

August 26, 2019

A New Look and New Leadership at the Parent Child Center

The Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA)  Parent Child Center (PCC) located in St. Johnsbury is part of a network of 15 centers in Vermont that help families make sure children get off to a healthy start.  Services include playgroups, parent education, parent support, early childhood programs, home visiting, information and referral and community development activities.  […]

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August 13, 2019

Playing Around: Are We Recognizing the Critical Role of Play in Our Developing Children?

In the year 2019, the demands on our children’s developing minds and bodies looks vastly different than they did previously. From academic requirements to basic skill-building, the focus on structured routines and curricula throughout a child’s daily routine can leave little room for free time. As we consider what our communities’ youngest members need to […]

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July 31, 2019

Bennington’s Pre-K Providers a Model of Successful Partnerships

Pre-K in the Bennington Region is a study in successful partnerships.  Across the United States, more and more school districts are providing pre-K to both three- and four-year-olds. The movement started from a Pew Charitable Trust 10 year campaign to advance high-quality voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year-olds.  There was a challenge to national […]

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