Provide your input by 7:00pm on March 5th

Building Bright Futures’ (BBF) mission is to improve the well-being of children and families in Vermont by using evidence to inform policy and bringing voices together across sectors and within regions to discuss critical challenges and problem-solve. Alongside the production of 4 statewide early childhood reports and resources, BBF’s network infrastructure captures and produces the perspective from families as well as early childhood stakeholders and leaders across all sectors quickly and efficiently to the Legislature and Agency Leadership. 

Over the last two months, the Governor and Agency Leadership proposed a plan for how to move forward on a cradle-to-career vision. The February 22 State Advisory Council meeting included a presentation from Education Secretary French and DCF Commissioner Brown. The recording of the brief presentation is available here

The survey below is part of a larger information gathering effort from The State Advisory Council including:
  • A review of existing data;
  • Bringing together experts across sectors and regions;
  • Hosting small group discussions and disseminating and analyze an anonymous survey to elevate the voice of families and early childhood stakeholders; and
  • Presenting the findings to policy-makers and stakeholders.
BBF’s ultimate goal in this effort is to generate additional evidence to inform programs, service provision and policy for children and families in Vermont. The Building Bright Futures State Advisory Council (SAC) does not directly support or oppose any specific proposal or bill, however, BBF is well positioned, using our collective impact approach, to determine where we have consensus among state-wide partners and where we encounter the biggest roadblocks that impede forward progress.


Confidentiality statement:

Information collected here will be presented as themes from all respondents rather than individual responses. The individual responses will not be distributed and will only be seen by the team assembling the information internally at BBF. 

Contact us with any questions or concerns at info@buildingbrightfutures.org
Demographics (About you)

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* 1. Are you a parent or caregiver of a child under the age of 9?

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* 2. What areas or sectors do you work in? (check all that apply)

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* 3. What is your role? (check all that apply)

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* 4. Which county do you live in?

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* 5. What is your race and/or ethnicity? (check all that apply)

Based on your expertise in the early childhood system, please provide your response to any or all of the following questions below.

As a reminder, Vermont’s vision for the Early Childhood system is to be an integrated continuum of comprehensive, high quality services that is equitable and accessible and will improve outcomes for each and every child in the prenatal period to age eight and their family in Vermont.
We believe: Each and every child benefits from a continuous and seamless sequence of education and developmental supports throughout early childhood (birth through third grade) to maximize their full participation and diminish the challenges of transitions. This consistency is particularly important for young children who are most at risk. - Vermont Guiding Principles

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* 6. What are the key components of an integrated prenatal to age 8 EC system as part of a 0-22 Cradle to Career vision?

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* 7. What are the persistent barriers Vermont faces to achieve these components of an integrated system?

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* 8. In what ways does the current proposal support or challenge progress toward an integrated early childhood system?

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* 9. Where are other opportunities for improvements to reach true integration for our prenatal-age 8 system?

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* 10. What additional data and information is needed to inform decision-making? (See Data Gap Table from the Early Childhood Needs Assessment)

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* 11. What questions need to be elevated to policy-makers?

If you are interested in having a record of your responses, please print your browser window before clicking 'Done'. BBF will not be sending out individual responses per the confidentiality statement above.

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