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Vermont - Building Bright Futures

Feb 9, 2016

Governance and Leadership resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families

Vermonts Building Bright Futures (BBF) Initiative is working to ensure that the states children are healthy and successful by building a system of coordinated and integrated services and funding for children birth to age six. In June 2006, former Governor Jim Douglas signed an executive order creating the Building Bright Futures Early Childhood Advisory Council. The Executive Order was in place until June 30, 2010 when BBF was established in Vermont statute, Act 104, protecting it from changing political climates.

The BBF network is made up of the State Advisory Council and 12 regional councils. The purpose of this network of regional councils is to align solutions at the local level with effective policy at the state level.

In 2011, the Council issued a Policy Guidance document with recommendations to improve access to and the quality of early care and education programs; reduce child abuse and neglect among children under six; and increase the number of children receiving screenings to determine developmental delays and promote early intervention. The full document is available at http://cdn.buildingbrightfutures.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/bbf-policyguidancedocument_2011-12.pdf.

In 2013, Governor Shumlin announced an Early Childhood Summit, which nine months later resulted in the development of Vermonts Early Childhood Framework. The implementation of the framework is being led by BBF. The work of BBF is to coordinate the work of the regional councils to implement The Early Childhood Action Plan a plan designed to carry out the goals of the Early Childhood Framework. The regional councils bring together public and private partners, families and communities to work on each component of the plan. The plan has six over-arching goals: A Healthy Start for all Children; Families and Communities Play a Leading Role; High Quality Opportunities for All Children; Invest Now for Our Future: Know Were Making a Difference; An Innovative and Connected System. To learn more about Vermonts Early Childhood Framework, go to http://cdn.buildingbrightfutures.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/VT-ECH-Framework.10-29-13-1.pdf To read about Vermonts Early Childhood Action Plan, visit http://buildingbrightfutures.org/the-early-childhood-action-plan/ In March of 2015, the Council published the third in a series of bi-annual reports of how Vermonts youngest children are faring. The bi-annual reports from the Building Bright Futures Council are being used as a framework, and an essential tool, to inform and guide policy design, implementation and resource allocation. The third report is available at http://cdn.buildingbrightfutures.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/HAVYCF_3-30-15_web.pdf

Updated February 2016

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