News

State Advisory Council Recap, May 2020


The past two SAC meetings have been primarily focused around updates from state agency partners and their activities responding to the COVID-19 crisis. With partners from across Vermont and from many sectors at the table, it has been a good opportunity to share information during a stressful and busy time. The May meeting of the SAC was primarily a business meeting to inform organization development at Building Bright Futures.

The meeting started with a mindfulness activity by Amanda Biggs, Chittenden BBF Coordinator. The first item of business was review of the SAC membership. SAC Co-Chair Chloe Leary reviewed membership and efforts to fill 4 vacancies; including a private health partner, 1 private (could be public school) education partner, a representative from the Vermont Senate and a private undesignated partner. COVID shutdown paused this recruitment, though we’re feeling ready to resume the work to fill these vacancies. Members can serve up to 2 two-year terms. 

Morgan then took the Advisory Council through the proposed budget for FY2021. This budget was built to ensure the continuity of services as Vermont’s foundational early childhood public-private partnership, and it seeks to diversify funding sources to support our work in FY21 and beyond. Some key initiatives for the coming year include some strategic planning via the ECAP Committees in light of the rewrite of the Early Childhood Action Plan, promoting family engagement and leadership through activities covered under the PDG B-5 grant, and identifying and using the most up-to-date, high quality data in our work.  The SAC will vote on the budget in our June meeting.

We then transitioned to a discussion of some of BBF’s ongoing activities.  The update of the Early Childhood Action Plan and also the Needs Assessment has been on hold and will resume; aiming for completion by June 30.  ECAP Committees will be reviewing both documents. One significant change in the ECAP is moving from 6 goals for Vermont’s young children and families to four.  At the July SAC, BBF will host a virtual ECAP Summit where there’s sure to be much discussion of the new ECAP as well as the Needs Assessment.

BBF is launching development of How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families Report, including a reimagining of the content. In addition to releasing the report earlier in the year (September), we’re aiming for a more concise report with supplemental data housed on the Vermont Insights website. In addition to maintaining some key topic areas and data points, BBF will be adding information on our COVID-19 response, the Needs Assessment, and data on vulnerable children.

There will be a brief June meeting on the 22nd at 1:30.

Similar Blog

Blog

Vermont Capitol building in summer
May 13, 2024

BBF’s Approach to Advisement in 2024

On May 11, Vermont’s General Assembly officially adjourned and brought the 2023-2024 biennium to a close in Montpelier. Over the course of the session, Building Bright Futures (BBF) played a key role as the primary advisor to the Legislature on the early childhood period. This advisement played out in a variety of ways, both formal […]

Read More

Blog

Three young children wearing colorful dresses and shirts play in a sandbox together
May 9, 2024

BBF Announces Spring 2024 VECF Grant Recipients

Building Bright Futures is excited to announce the recipients of the Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) awards for spring 2024! The fund supports creative solutions that will improve the well-being of children from the prenatal period through age 8, their families, and the Vermont communities in which they live. Thanks to these grants, awardees in […]

Read More

Blog

An Asian baby holds a picture book called Fruit Alphabet
May 3, 2024

The Importance of Literacy and Access to Books

One of the concerning trends in this year’s The State of Vermont’s Children is that the percentage of third grade students reading below proficient increased to 58.8% in the 2021-2022 school year, up from 50% in 2019. In response to input from our partners, BBF has added a new priority of increasing literacy rates to […]

Read More

Stay up to date on news + events.

Please check your inbox for a confirmation email.