BRATTLEBORO -- Building Bright Futures of Southeastern Vermont will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, June 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street. This free and family friendly event celebrates the achievements of Building Bright Futures of Southeastern Vermont in the past year to promote the importance of early education and care in rural Windham County.

"This has been a momentous year for us," said Debra McLaughlin, Regional Coordinator for Building Bright Futures of Southeastern Vermont. "We have expanded services to young families and either provided or sponsored numerous community child centered events. Now with the recently awarded Race To The Top Early Learning Challenge Grant funding, we will be increasing our staff capacity and providing other activities starting July 1. We have a lot to celebrate and encourage the community to celebrate with us."

Andy Davis will provide two sets of interactive music featuring dancing and sing-a-longs for young children, their parents and other caregivers. A free buffet will be provided by Hardy Foard Catering.

A short speaking program begins at 6 p.m. and features Sandy Stark, the coordinator of the Welcome Baby Program located at Early Education Services, Janice Stockman, Early Childhood Coordinator at Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, Chloe Learey, Executive Director of Winston Prouty Child Development Center, and Kelly Ault, Public Engagement Director of the Vermont Early Childhood Alliance, who will be talking about the recently launched Let's Grow Kids: Focus on the First Year's Campaign.


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A complete schedule of activities for the evening can be found on the Building Bright Futures of Southeastern Vermont's Facebook page.

Additional community partners involved in this effort in the past year include the Windham Child Care Association, United Way of Windham County, Vermont Department of Health, Early Education Services, Brattleboro Centre for Children, Vermont Agency of Human Services, Winston Prouty Child Development Center, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, and the Family Garden.

For more information contact Debra McLaughlin at bbfsevt@gmail.com.