Our History

Building Bright Futures grew from an early childhood working group in 1992 that included public school prekindergarten programs, Parent-Child Centers, Early Head Start, Head Start, and private early childhood providers trying to align services and programs in each of the 12 Agency of Human Services districts. The BBF State Advisory Council and 12 Regional Councils were established in June 2006 through Executive Order to advise the Governor on early childhood well-being.

The State Advisory Council and Regional Councils were charged with improving the quality of services for families and young children by establishing an integrated system for planning, coordinating, and developing early childhood programs through evidence-based recommendations, performance-based accountability, and two-way public communication between the regions and the state.

Vermont Act 104 was passed in May 2010, establishing BBF as the advisor to the Governor and Legislature on the well-being of families and children ages birth to 8. In July 2011, BBF was established as a nonprofit public charity governed by a board, the State Advisory Council, that includes representatives from Vermont’s government and from the private sector to form a public-private partnership.

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