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June 10, 2022

Regional Council Spotlight: Talking with Kids about Racism

Here in the Northeast Kingdom, equity and diversity have been the focus of a great deal of recent discussion. Each Building Bright Futures Regional Council has identified regional priorities for this year, and the Orleans/Northern Essex (O.N.E.) Regional Council’s priorities are “Building resilience in children, families, and communities” and “Family engagement and support.” At our […]

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June 9, 2022

News from the Network: June 2022

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. Written by our Policy and Program Director Anna Brouillette, this update gives a closer look at BBF’s work across the state of Vermont […]

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May 24, 2022

My journey to an Early Intervention evaluation

Recently, my 9-month-old was referred for an Early Intervention evaluation. My rational brain is grateful for the opportunity to include an early interventionist on his support team alongside his teachers, my partner, and me, and as someone working in the early childhood system, I know that this is what he needs to be successful. My […]

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May 16, 2022

You’re Invited: Celebration at Pico Mountain on Sat., June 18, 2022

When: Sat., June 18, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Pico Ski Clubhouse, 73 Alpine Drive, Rutland, VT What: Celebration event with prizes, raffles, refreshments, and outdoor games Who: All are welcome, including families with kids of all ages Questions? Contact Morgan Crossman, mcrossman@buildingbrightfutures.org Join us for a celebration of Randy Crossman’s 365th summit of […]

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May 13, 2022

ECSA Governance Options Survey Results

Guest blog by Elliot Regenstein, Foresight Law and Policy and Nasha Patel, Watershed Advisors As part of the Vermont Child Care and Early Childhood Education Systems Analysis, Building Bright Futures supported Foresight Law and Policy & Watershed Advisors in disseminating a survey for stakeholders to indicate their preferred governance option moving forward. The options included: […]

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May 2, 2022

New data on suspensions and expulsions of Vermont kids under 9

It’s an urgent priority to reduce preventable exclusionary discipline incidents (broadly defined as suspension and expulsion) for young children—in order to ensure that each and every child is able to fully and equitably participate and to receive the highest quality services, resources, and supports. Building Bright Futures has produced a new Data Brief on Exclusionary […]

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April 21, 2022

Share your thoughts on Vermont’s Early Childhood Governance Options

Provide input on governance options for  Vermont’s Child Care and Early Childhood Education Systems Analysis (ECSA). The Systems Analysis was called for in legislation under Act 45 (H171, an Act relating to child care systems and financing) to improve the functionality of Vermont’s child care and early childhood services and systems. In 2021, BBF contracted […]

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March 24, 2022

$1.3M grant to Vermont will promote health of children from prenatal to age 3

Starting in September 2021 and continuing through 2026, the state of Vermont is receiving $255,600 per year ($1.3 million total) from the federal government to promote early developmental health, family engagement, and family well-being for children from the prenatal period to age 3 and their families. This important project is called Building Integration in Vermont’s […]

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March 21, 2022

February SAC Recap: Early Childhood Priorities

On February 28, 60 early childhood leaders representing all levels of the BBF Network (Regional Councils, VECAP Committees, and SAC members) gathered at the State Advisory Council meeting to better understand public and private early childhood priorities. You can view the recording of the February 28 meeting here. Ali Dieng, BBF Regional Manager, opened the […]

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March 11, 2022

A Second Year of Resilience Building and Early Identification and Intervention Supports through the Act Early Response to COVID-19 Grant Program

In the fall of 2021, the Vermont Act Early/COVID-19 Response grant team was fortunate to receive another year of funding and continued support for: 1) promotion of resilience-building resources and activities for families, and 2) improving early identification and equitable access to services across the state. During year two, our Vermont team continues to convene […]

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January 26, 2022

New data show children’s needs are on the rise

30% of Vermont children have a behavioral, emotional, developmental, or mental health condition After the isolation that children and families experienced during the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, remote and hybrid schooling, and fewer social opportunities to engage with peers and receive necessary services, there is ample anecdotal evidence of an increase in behavioral, emotional, […]

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January 19, 2022

BBF Awards $100,000 in Vermont Early Childhood Fund Grants

Building Bright Futures Regional Councils awards $100,000 in Vermont Early Childhood Fund grants to improve the well-being of children, families and communities Building Bright Futures (BBF) announced seven recipients of grants from the Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF). Grantees will work with BBF Regional Councils to improve the well-being of children (prenatal–age 8) and families, […]

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