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January 23, 2023

Our Impact in FY22

The newly released 2022 Impact Report provides an overview of Building Bright Futures’ finances, recognizes our donors, and outlines the ways that BBF’s robust 450+ person network carried out our primary functions in FY22: to advise, monitor, convene, respond, and empower.  Here are three highlights: 1. BBF established the Vermont Early Childhood Fund, awarding $100,000 […]

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January 10, 2023

Our New Report “The State of Vermont’s Children: 2022 Year in Review”

On Jan. 9, 2023, Building Bright Futures and Vermont’s Early Childhood Data and Policy Center released The State of Vermont’s Children: 2022 Year in Review. The report provides an objective, data-driven assessment of the well-being of young children and families in Vermont and includes the 2023 Policy Recommendations from Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council […]

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November 29, 2022

Giving Thanks

We at Building Bright Futures are profoundly grateful for the support of foundations, businesses, and individual donors. On this Giving Tuesday, please consider donating in support of our mission to improve the well-being of young children and families in Vermont. Here are just two of the many BBF initiatives that have made a difference for Vermont children […]

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November 28, 2022

BBF Announces Recipients of 2023 Vermont Early Childhood Fund Grants

Building Bright Futures is excited to announce the recipients of our Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) awards for 2023. 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. The 2023 VECF grantees will carry out the following projects: Develop a culturally-tailored […]

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October 25, 2022

State Advisory Council endorses 2023 Policy Recommendations

Yesterday, the State Advisory Council (SAC) formally endorsed the Policy Recommendations of the Vermont Early Childhood State Advisory Council Network for 2023. These recommendations represent the most pressing and actionable priorities for early childhood stakeholders throughout the Building Bright Futures Network. Read the 2023 Policy Recommendations The SAC is Vermont’s Governor-appointed, primary advisory body on […]

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October 12, 2022

3 more days to take Family Needs Assessment

The Early Childhood Family Needs Assessment developed by BBF’s Families and Communities Committee closes on Saturday, October 15! This is an anonymous survey that we are asking Vermont parents and guardians with children under 9 years old to complete. So far, we have over 500 responses from families with young children across the state. If […]

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September 29, 2022

VECF Spotlight: Training Tomorrow’s Educators in Rutland County

At the Rutland County Parent-Child Center (RCPCC), college and high school students are getting hands-on training in early childhood education with the support of a grant from Building Bright Futures’ Vermont Early Childhood Fund. (Applications for the next round of VECF grants are open through Oct. 7, 2022.) This grant is a strategy to address […]

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September 27, 2022

Share your feedback by Oct. 3 for Preschool Development Grant

Vermont is excited to develop an application to compete for a federal Preschool Development Grant. Please answer a very brief survey by Monday, Oct. 3 about what priorities you’d like to elevate for Preschool Development Grant (PDG) funds. Your input and prioritization for how Vermont uses these federal funds is important! You can learn more […]

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September 22, 2022

VECF Spotlight: An anti-racist initiative forging new connections in Burlington

The Vermont Early Childhood Fund is a Building Bright Futures (BBF) initiative to support creative solutions that will improve the well-being of children (prenatal–age 8), their families, and the Vermont communities in which they live. Eligible projects address one or more of the regional priorities identified annually by the BBF Regional Early Childhood Council and […]

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Screenshot of Vermont Public video showing reporter Nina Keck with text "What's it take to hike Pico Mountain every day for a year? Nina Keck finds out."
September 15, 2022

Wonderful video from Vermont Public’s Nina Keck

My dad, Randy Crossman, completed 365 Pico Mountain hikes in 362 days, finishing the endeavor on June 18, 2022, and raising over $18,000 for Building Bright Futures in the process. I was so moved to watch this video from Vermont Public about the project. Reporter Nina Keck hiked Pico with my dad and chatted with […]

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