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Screenshot of video overview of State of Vermont’s Children Report: 2023 Year in Review
March 27, 2024

How Homelessness, Mental Health Conditions, and More Affect Vermont Children

In addition to the spotlight on perinatal health we featured recently from BBF’s The State of Vermont’s Children, this year’s report gives insights into early childhood physical and mental health, education, and basic needs. In this 3-minute video, I shared some of these highlights we see in the latest Vermont data. These include a 36% […]

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March 14, 2024

Read the Summary of Our Report on Act 76 Monitoring

BBF is expanding our written communications to include plain language versions of reports whenever possible. This will promote accessibility to important information about our work and the early childhood system to as many people as possible. The plain language versions of documents will often be shorter, exclude or explain jargon and acronyms, be more accessible, […]

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Screenshot of perinatal health video from State of Vermont’s Children Report: 2023 Year in Review
February 26, 2024

Highlighting Mental Health & Substance Use in the Perinatal Period

This year, the spotlight in BBF’s The State of Vermont’s Children report focuses on perinatal health and well-being. The perinatal period, the time from pregnancy through one year after birth, is so important for the long-term development of each child and the well-being of the whole family. Three key points from this spotlight reveal challenges […]

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Map of Fall 2023 VECF grantees
February 20, 2024

News from the Network: Spotlight on VECF Grantees

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. BBF supports multiple rounds of this funding, and the spring 2024 grant round is now accepting applications through March 22! Fall 2023 Grantee […]

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January 29, 2024

Celebrating Family Leadership Accomplishments of 2023

The Families & Communities Committee strives to elevate family voice and connect families to leadership opportunities. We are one of seven VECAP Committees that are guided by Vermont’s Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP), and we work to develop a statewide approach that enriches and expands family partnership and leadership at the provider, agency, and community […]

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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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Students listen during a BDCC ECE course
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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Jenn Schollmeyer smiling with a lake and mountains in the background
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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