What: We are a group of parents, guardians, caregivers, and professionals dedicated to improving systems and services for Vermont families and communities.
Who: ALL ARE WELCOME
- Those who join as parents, primary caregivers, or guardians are eligible to be paid for their time attending and preparing for the committee at a rate of $15/hour. Child care stipends also may be available.
- We are particularly interested in having those with currently underrepresented experiences and identities join the committee, including: fathers and male-identifying caregivers; BIPOC parents and caregivers; parents and caregivers from the Indigenous community; families who participate in programs such as WIC/3Squares, the Child Care Financial Assistance Program, and Reach Up; and kin as parents.
When: We meet VIRTUALLY – twice a month
- First Thursday from 10:00-11:30am
- Second Tuesday from 8:00-9:00pm
Where: Join us virtually via Zoom.
The BBF Families and Communities Committee works to develop a statewide approach that enriches and expands family partnership and leadership at the provider, agency, and community levels. Our committee is entirely virtual and open for parents and providers to join anytime. You can call in via your computer or phone, from anywhere! All you need to do is show up with all of the knowledge and experience that you hold. We value your time. Parents and caregivers will be compensated for participating in committee meetings and activities. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the Membership Form
The Families and Communities Committee strives to be made up of majority parents and caregivers, with providers in partnership, to help create an early childhood system that mirrors the diverse needs of Vermont families. By providing parents and caregivers with opportunities to bring forward thoughts and concerns, and to partner in systems conversations and decision-making processes, families become leaders in designing a responsive system that works for them.
Family Needs Assessment Project
The Committee is newly charged with developing and circulating surveys called the Early Childhood Family Needs Assessments on a regular basis. This is supported by a five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to the Vermont Division of Maternal and Child Health and BBF, to support building upon and strengthening integration, family leadership work, and an equity lens within Vermont’s early childhood system. Responses to the survey were anonymous and will be analyzed and summarized to inform policy and decision-making in Vermont’s early childhood system. The Family Needs Assessment Report is currently in development by the Committee and the BBF Data Team and will be available and promoted as a key data source to inform policy and decision-making in early 2023.