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Building Bright Futures Unveils Latest Report

By Pat Heffernan on Jan 12, 2017 2:05:00 PM



Building Bright Futures unveiled the latest “How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families?” report at a State House press conference Wednesday, January 11. The statewide media were all in attendance and individual key findings in the report were selected for coverage by WCAX, WPTZ, Vt Digger, the Times Argus, and the Associated Press. Favorite quotes and findings include:

“Data is a temperature gauge. It can tell us we have a problem, but it won’t tell us how to fix it. So, it is our job to turn data into information, information into insight and insight into action. It is time today to roll-up our sleeves and get to work.” – Sarah Squirrell, in VTDigger

“Scott has said affordable early education and child care will be a centerpiece of his administration, a key to growing the economy.” - WPTZ

“I think it is important that we work to improve the foundation we lay for our kids at home and at school,” Scott said. “We need to make Vermont a place where young families can afford to live, and strengthening early care and learning is key to realizing that vision.” - VTDigger

“I think we can all agree, certainly in this room, the first five years of a person’s life are the most critical, most impressionable and that early investments can yield long-term dividends and investments in that development. That healthy development of Vermont’s youngest children has an impact on Vermont’s future economy, the skill level of its workforce and the health of its communities, as well.” Gov. Phil Scott, Times Argus