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May 22, 2019

Lamoille Recap, May 2019

At the Council table this year there is increasing appreciation of Federal and state support for building more holistic family engagement, developing customer feedback systems, and building family leadership. Basically, the social science shows that we are better able to support folks when they need support if they themselves tell us what they need, and […]

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May 22, 2019

Franklin Grand Isle Recap, May 2019

Through an on-going process and revision of the BBF Regional Council Action Plan since January 2019, the council is happy to announce that the FY19-FY21 Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Action Plan has been updated! This process was a group effort and each member was able to offer insights to what’s working well in the region and […]

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May 22, 2019

Chittenden Recap, May 2019

Chittenden’s BBF Regional Council is currently working on updating our Regional Action Plan to better reflect a few new key priorities in our community. We plan to add pieces on supporting breastfeeding, aligning efforts to better serve families with substance use disorder, and keeping equity and inclusion at the center of our work.  Measuring our […]

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May 22, 2019

Addison Recap, May 2019

It may not seem that substance use disorder is a family matter, but the struggles are complex and come with very real consequences.  Substance use disorder is often referred to as a family disease, which is true both from a genetic and social point of view. Substance use disorder can have a ripple effect. A […]

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May 16, 2019

The HEART Program in the Franklin/Grand Isle Region

Having a baby is one of the most profoundly impactful experiences of any parent or caregiver. With our society creeping in with visions of what pregnancy and post-partum life looks like for parents, caregivers and whole families, the reality of what this time can feel like looks different for every individual and family. From lack […]

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May 1, 2019

Addressing Opioid Misuse in Chittenden with a Community of Practice

Building Bright Futures believes that the severity and complexity of impact that substance use disorders are having on children and families and our community is significant, and requires a continuum of care and services that include promotion, prevention, treatment and recovery. Working to integrate our care and treatment across children’s and adults’ services and programs […]

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April 29, 2019

ECAP Strategic Consultant RFP

In order to update the Early Childhood Action Plan (ECAP), BBF seeks a Strategic Consultant and Writer to assist in completing this important work. To respond to this request for a proposal, please click below to learn more. ‘ECAP RFP 2019.04.25 Deadline has been extended to May 21!

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April 23, 2019

Measuring the Performance of Early Childhood Systems: New Toolkit Now Available

Thank you to Steven D. Cohen and Cailin O’Connor of the Center for the Study of Social Policy for making this guest blog available to Building Bright Futures. Over the past decade, increasing numbers of early childhood leaders across the country have been working to build systems with two distinct features. First, they take as […]

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April 18, 2019

Parents Supporting Thoughtful Technology

In Middlebury a group of parents have joined together to talk about and investigate screen time and its impact on children and families. Amy Mason, Samantha Farrell Schmitt, and Julie Berry founded the organization Parents Supporting Thoughtful Technology after they attended a parent meeting in Weybridge, VT, where Dr. Michael Seaton, a local pediatrician, led […]

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April 4, 2019

The Vital Role of the Parent Child Center in the Bennington Region

The work of Early Childhood is a partnership of families, healthcare, mental health, early care, education, home visiting and community agencies.  The work that we do together is where there is an intersection similar to the center of a flower. One of the partners at the table in Bennington is Sunrise Family Resource Center, the […]

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April 3, 2019

State Advisory Council Recap, March 2019

The BBF State Advisory Council met on March 25th, kicking off the meeting with a number of appointments and re-appointments to the Advisory Council and Executive Committee. Cheryle Wilcox was named the public Co-Chair of the SAC.  Additionally, the SAC voted to nominate Morgan Crossman to be the next Executive Director of Building Bright Futures. […]

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April 2, 2019

Rutland Recap, March 2019

In the past months the Rutland Council has been reviewing several reports and identifying trends and areas where support could be provided. A review of the Think Tank report produced a lot of discussion. There was concern for those who work outside of centers and how they might be affected by the recommendations (home-care providers, […]

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