Vermont Works Toward a Coordinated System for Young Children
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Vermont’s Building Bright Futures Initiative is working to ensure that the state’s children are healthy and successful by building a system of coordinated and integrated services and funding for children birth to age six. Established through an Executive Order by Governor Jim Douglas in June 2006, Building Bright Futures is governed by a State Council consisting of 19 members from the public and private sectors. The State Council has worked to create a comprehensive system of early childhood care, health and education, and advise state administrators and the Governor on early childhood policy. The State Council established 12 Regional Councils to develop regional plans to address early childhood program and funding coordination and integration. In September 2006, the State Council approved the development of a primary school readiness indicator, with supporting indicators based on five domains of early childhood development, social-emotional development; approaches to learning; communication; cognitive development; and health and physical well-being. These indicators have helped to guide the development of regional plans, ensuring that all children are ready for school when they enter kindergarten.