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Cover of Building Bright Futures' report The State of Vermont's Children: 2023 Year in Review
January 19, 2024

Our New Report — The State of Vermont’s Children: 2023 Year in Review

On Jan. 18, 2024, Building Bright Futures and VermontKidsData.org released The State of Vermont’s Children: 2023 Year in Review. This report provides an objective, data-driven assessment of the well-being of young children and families in Vermont and includes the 2024 Policy Recommendations from Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council Network.   Download a PDF of […]

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January 4, 2024

A video message from Sen. Ruth Hardy and Anna Brouillette

To mark the start of the 2024 session of the Vermont General Assembly, BBF Policy and Program Director Anna Brouillette recorded this message with Senator Ruth Hardy. In the video, Anna highlights how the BBF Network develops annual Policy Recommendations and how our team will use this year’s Policy Recommendations during the legislative session. Sen. Hardy […]

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December 21, 2023

BBF Announces Recipients of 2024 Vermont Early Childhood Fund Grants

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

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November 8, 2023

RSVP for Statewide Regional Council Summit on Dec. 12

Registration is open for our 4th Annual Statewide Regional Council Summit on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, from 9 a.m. to noon, via Zoom or in person at Counseling Services of Addison County, 109 Catamount Park, Middlebury, VT. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Joshua Sparrow (pictured), child, adolescent, and general psychiatrist, and Executive Director of […]

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October 30, 2023

State Advisory Council Endorses 2024 Policy Recommendations

On Oct. 23, the State Advisory Council (SAC) formally endorsed the Policy Recommendations of the Vermont Early Childhood State Advisory Council Network for 2024! These recommendations represent the most pressing and actionable priorities for early childhood stakeholders throughout the Building Bright Futures Network. We also released a new Policy Playbook explaining what the recommendations mean, […]

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September 29, 2023

VECF Spotlight: Early Childhood Workforce Development for New Vermonters in Brattleboro

“The feel-good is great, but the real feel-good is doing something that lasts longer than the duration of this grant funding.”  That is what Alex Beck, Welcoming Communities Manager for the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC), told me toward the end of our conversation about BDCC’s successful 2023 pilot program to train New Vermonters in […]

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September 21, 2023

Inaugural Grand Rounds Seminar Explores Equity-Focused Data

“Data and equity have to lead to some sort of action that leads to a better outcome.” —Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D., during the Vermont Early Childhood Grand Rounds Seminar On Sept. 13, 2023, Building Bright Futures Executive Director Dr. Morgan Crossman moderated the inaugural Vermont Early Childhood Grand Rounds Seminar, a new series hosted by […]

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September 13, 2023

Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) Announces 2024 Funding Opportunities

The Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) supports creative solutions that will improve the well-being of children from the prenatal period to age 8, their families, and the Vermont communities where they live. In late 2022, Vermont was awarded a $23 million federal grant to strengthen the state’s early childhood system, support the early childhood workforce, and […]

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August 24, 2023

News from the Network: Stakeholder Survey Results Are In!

News from the Network is an email series from Building Bright Futures that spotlights the work of Regional Councils, updates related to early childhood data, emerging priorities from VECAP Committees, and more. This update gives a closer look at BBF’s work across the state of Vermont to improve the well-being of young children and families. […]

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August 8, 2023

BBF Welcomes New Data Manager and Data Coordinator

BBF is excited to introduce two new team members: Jenn Schollmeyer and Kitty Foster. These new hires come as we ramp up our activities under “Vermont Integration Project: Building Integration in Vermont’s B-5 Early Childhood Systems (VIP B-5),” the three-year, $23 million federal Preschool Development Grant (PDG) awarded to Vermont at the start of this […]

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July 21, 2023

Tools for VT Families Impacted by Flooding

We at Building Bright Futures are heartbroken to see our brave little state so impacted by the historic flooding this month. BBF staff work and live statewide, from Cavendish to Westmore, and are grateful for our safety. Families and communities are the foundation of our work. We know many families, child care providers, and small […]

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July 11, 2023

Annual Regional Council Priority Setting

Building Bright Futures (BBF) Regional Early Childhood Councils are an essential part of the BBF statewide network infrastructure to improve the well-being of children and families. BBF facilitated a process across the 12 Regional Councils during April and May 2023 with over 130 partners participating. The Process The Regional Council priority setting process is designed […]

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