Vermont B-5 System Improvement Project

The State of VT received a Federal Preschool Development Grant - Birth Through Five, allowing VT to build on its strengths and accomplishments to help children B-5 realize their potential. 

The Project Will:

  • Improve understanding of how children, families and early childhood professionals are served in the system, with a focus on vulnerable populations 
  • Identify and address unmet needs and gaps
  • ​Sustain and grow emerging innovations

Partners:

Core components of VT’s EC (early childhood) system are managed by AHS (Agency of Human Services) and AOE (Agency of Education).

BBF (Building Bright Futures) and VDH (Department of Health), MCH (Maternal and Child Health Division) are primary partners.  BBF is VT’s Governor-appointed Early Childhood State Advisory Council on Early Education and Care.  BBF is a public-private partnership, whose role is to advise the Governor and Legislature on all things 0-8 years. 

Activities:

Activity 1: Needs Assessment

BBF will do 5 analyses.  The results of the analyses will inform Activity 2: Strategic Plan:

  • Count of children B-5 participating in childcare subsidies, Early Head Start/Head Start, Universal Pre-K and IDEA Part C and IDEA Part B Section 619
  • Analyze capacity and quality of ECCE (early childhood care and education) programs vs. potential demand
  • Assess strengths and challenges of ECPDS (Early Childhood Professional Development System)
  • Analyze gaps in available data
  • Analyze current investments
Activity 2: Updating VT’s B-5 Strategic Plan

BBF will update the Strategic Plan / ECAP (VT’s Early Childhood Action Plan) within the Results-Based Accountability Framework

  • ECAP charts a course of action to help VT achieve 6 goals / results:
    • All children have a healthy start
    • Families and communities play a leading role in children’s well-being
    • All children and families have access to high-quality opportunities
    • VT invests in prevention and plans for future success of children
    • Data and accountability drive progress of childhood outcomes
    • Early childhood system is innovative and integrated across sectors
Activity 3: Maximizing Parental Knowledge and Choice

Better reach parents and families where they are, in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner, through community partners, services and online information

  • 3 components:
    • Support ‘Help Me Grow’
    • Support BBF Parent and Communities Committee
    • Educate families about CCFAP (Child Care Financial Assistance Program) and STARS (Step Ahead Recognition System)
Activity 4: Sharing Best Practices

Share best practices among ECCE providers

  • 4 strategies:
    • Pilot Hubs (Early Care and Learning Practice Improvement Hubs)
    • Increase cultural and linguistic understanding using VT Guiding Principles
    • Support partnerships between public and private ECCE programs
    • BFC (Building Flourishing Communities)
Activity 5: Improving Overall Quality

Improve overall quality of EC system and ECCE programs

  • 3 strategies:​
    • Expand professional development opportunities in VT ECPDS
    • Continue development of CIS (Children’s Integrated Services) Data System
    • Continue development of VT Insights
Activity 6: Evaluation Plan

Evaluate the success of VT B-5 System Improvement Project:

  • How grant was maximized
  • Further improvements