News

Lamoille Regional Recap, January 2020


Pediatrician Meeting With Mother And Child In Hospital

The Council just completed our annual legislative event – this year at Capstone’s Lamoille County Early Learning Center in Morrisville. We were excited to hold the event together, and at a time when parents would be dropping off their kids at the Lamoille Early Learning Center at Capstone in Morrisville. Capstone has four classrooms with 30 children. Many families are homeless, and many are having a challenging time – they are supported by Headstart in multiple ways.

Our five legislators who attended were more versed than ever before in early childhood challenges, in the early childhood system, and in the complex but critical value of state and federal supports for vulnerable families and families who are trying to stay in the workforce and contribute to the community.

We discussed child care financial assistance, paid family and medical leave, the pending reduction of support for Children’s Integrated Services and the Parent Child Centers – all long term Council priorities, and parents and representatives spoke of transportation challenges and the benefits cliff. Yes, quite a busy morning!

In general, our legislators, professionals, and parents have a broader and more sophisticated understanding of the challenges young families face, and are united in their support for children. The Council looks forward to following up throughout the session to inform regional stakeholders on ways to support each other.

Through the end of the year, the Council was able to support several large initiatives including a collaborative playgroup at Northern Vermont University-Johnson’s pool facility – where we teamed up with the Family Center and Just Ducky Aquatics to offer a learn to swim playgroup. We also celebrated the Family Center’s Holiday Project!

Additionally, we are excited to report that a new private PreK was recently qualified by the Agency of Education in Craftsbury. Council members and the Regional Coordinator helped to support Craftsbury Saplings, in Craftsbury to obtain pre-qualification in the early weeks of January.

 

Similar News

Blog

Vermont Capitol building in summer
May 13, 2024

BBF’s Approach to Advisement in 2024

On May 11, Vermont’s General Assembly officially adjourned and brought the 2023-2024 biennium to a close in Montpelier. Over the course of the session, Building Bright Futures (BBF) played a key role as the primary advisor to the Legislature on the early childhood period. This advisement played out in a variety of ways, both formal […]

Read More

Blog

Three young children wearing colorful dresses and shirts play in a sandbox together
May 9, 2024

BBF Announces Spring 2024 VECF Grant Recipients

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

Read More

Blog

Legislative Forum for Central Vermont & Lamoille in January 2024
April 25, 2024

Connecting Families and Educators to the Resources They Need

I became BBF’s Regional Manager for the Lamoille Valley and Central Vermont regions in 2023 after spending more than two decades working in the early childhood field, where I learned so much from children and families. Most recently, I ran an early childhood education center in Moretown and have also worked in Early Intervention—the services […]

Read More

Stay up to date on news + events.

Please check your inbox for a confirmation email.