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Building Bright Futures
The ECDRS Working Prototype is a functional model of the integrated online system developed to demonstrate that meaningful data can be harnessed and used to advance the well-being of Vermontís children.
Connect and Exchange
Work together with others to connect and exchange data and information to advance the quality of Vermont children's early childhood experiences.

Vermont Community Loan Fund

The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) transforms Vermonters' lives by providing loans, grants and technical assistance for affordable housing, small businesses, child care providers and other community facilities benefiting lower-income Vermonters.

Head Start Community Needs Assessment

We are partnering with the Northeast Kingdom Head Start Program (Orleans, Essex and Caledonia) to build out a reporting tool that meets the Head Start requirement to publish a community needs assessment report. This reporting function would serve as a tool for all Vermontís seven Head Start agencies AND all Vermonters to use in their assessment, planning and continuous improvement efforts. The Head Start performance standards state: Each Early Head Start and Head Start grantee must conduct a Community Assessment within its service area once every three years. The Community Assessment must include the collection and analysis of the following information about the grantee's Early Head Start or Head Start area:

(1) The demographic make-up of Head Start eligible children and families, including their estimated number, geographic location, and racial and ethnic composition;

(2) Other child development and child care programs that are serving Head Start eligible children, including publicly funded State and local preschool programs, and the approximate number of Head Start eligible children served by each;

(3) The estimated number of children with disabilities four years old or younger, including types of disabilities and relevant services and resources provided to these children by community agencies;

(4) Data regarding the education, health, nutrition and social service needs of Head Start eligible children and their families;

(5) The education, health, nutrition and social service needs of Head Start eligible children and their families as defined by families of Head Start eligible children and by institutions in the community that serve young children;

(6) Resources in the community that could be used to address the needs of Head Start eligible children and their families, including assessments of their availability and accessibility.