Families & Communities Committee

The BBF Families and Communities Committee works to develop a statewide approach that enriches and expands family partnership and leadership at the provider, agency, and community levels. Our committee is entirely virtual and open for parents and providers to join anytime. You can call in via your computer or phone, from anywhere! All you need to do is show up with all of the knowledge and experience that you hold. We value your time. Parents and caregivers will be compensated for participating in committee meetings and activities. To learn more email families@buildingbrightfutures.org or fill out the Membership Form


The Families and Communities Committee strives to be made up of majority parents and caregivers, with providers in partnership, to help create an early childhood system that mirrors the diverse needs of Vermont families. By providing parents and caregivers opportunities to bring forward thoughts and concerns, and partner in systems conversations and decision-making processes, families become leaders in designing a responsive system that works for them.


The Families and Communities Committee recently completed the Early Childhood Family Engagement Assessment to inform and improve how people who serve Vermont’s children and families respect and engage families as partners. The project seeks to inform each level of Vermont’s early childhood system – including families, communities and systems – about how to strengthen families as decision makers, strategies to nurture resilient families, and ultimately help children thrive. The project centered around a Family Engagement survey which was developed and executed to embody family engagement principals at each level of the process. Click the button to read the full report.

Early Childhood Family Engagement Assessment Report 2020


Committee Membership

Emily Merrill

Molly Lawney

Rex Butt

Lisa Boeckman

Stephanie Eames

Zeinab Bulle

Crystal Alexander

Lexi Duquette

Annemieke Thoolen

Sarah Morrison

Rebecca Speisman

Charlotte Safran

Renee Kelly

Upcoming Meetings

Families and Communities Committee

June 3 at 1:00 pm
Daytime Zoom Information

Families and Communities Committee

May 10 at 8:00 pm
Evening Zoom Information

Families and Communities Committee

May 6 at 1:00 pm
Daytime Zoom Information

Meeting Minutes

Families and Communities Committee

April 1 at 1:00 pm
Meeting Notes

Families and Communities Committee

March 8 at 8:00 pm
Meeting Notes

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