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BBF announces 7 recipients of 2023 Vermont Early Childhood Fund grants

Nov 30 2022, 10:38 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dr. Morgan Crossman, Executive Director, Building Bright Futures

mcrossman@buildingbrightfutures.org, 802-881-1264

BBF Announces 7 Recipients of 2023 Vermont Early Childhood Fund Grants

$105,000 in grants will support diverse representation in children’s media, resources for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ parents, pathways to early childhood careers for immigrants, and more 

Nov. 28, 2022 (WILLISTON, Vt.)—Building Bright Futures is excited to announce the seven recipients of its Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) for 2023. The fund supports creative solutions that will improve the well-being of children (prenatalage 8), families, and the Vermont communities in which they live.

The 2023 VECF grantees will carry out the following projects:

  • Develop a culturally-tailored career pathway for immigrants living in Southeast Vermont to enter the Early Childhood Education (ECE) field, led by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corp
  • Expand family supports delivered by Dad Guild for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations in the greater Burlington area
  • Expand access to vision and hearing screening for young children through partnerships with the Family Center of Washington County and Lamoille Family Center
  • Promote inclusion and shatter stereotypes through the work of Little Patakha to boost representation in children’s media
  • In response to stressors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, expand professional development to early educators across the Deerfield Valley and connect families at Mount Snow Child Care with the supports and services they need
  • Provide training and consultation services for Early Care and Education professionals focused on growing the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to serve and support young children and families in the Northeast Kingdom who have experienced trauma and toxic stress

Each grantee will work closely with a BBF Regional Early Childhood Council in the coming year. BBF’s 12 Regional Councils are made up of early childhood experts from their local communities. Each council identifies two key issues each year that affect children and families in the region. Vermont Early Childhood Fund grantees implement creative strategies to address these regional priorities. The selection process gave preference to projects that promote fairness and equity by incorporating anti-racism and social justice practices into their work.

“This second year of VECF funding builds on and expands the work that the Fund accomplished in its first year,” BBF Executive Director Dr. Morgan Crossman said. “The projects address critical areas of need, including early childhood workforce development, support for parents and families, and access to health care, including mental health care, for young children. From immigrants in Brattleboro to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ parents in Burlington, these projects will make a difference in the day-to-day lives of Vermonters.”

These grants are made possible by funding from the Sunflower Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. The grant period runs from Dec. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2023.

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The mission of Building Bright Futures (BBF) is to improve the well-being of each and every child and family in Vermont by using evidence to inform policy and bringing voices together to discuss critical challenges and problem solve. Building Bright Futures (BBF) is Vermont’s early childhood public-private partnership, charged under Vermont Title 33 § Chapter 46 and the Federal Head Start Act (Public Law 110-134) as Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council (SAC), the mechanism used to advise the Governor and Legislature on the well-being of children in the prenatal period through age 8 and their families. BBF’s Network infrastructure includes 12 Regional Councils, seven VECAP Committees, and the State Advisory Council. BBF maintains the vision and strategic plan for Vermont’s Early Childhood System. Learn more at buildingbrightfutures.org.

 

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