Early Childhood Policy

The Importance of Early Childhood

Impacted by the ever-growing fields of neuroscience, child development, education and family resilience, policy and decision-makers in Vermont, and nation-wide, have recognized the importance of investments supporting the healthy development and well-being of children and families. The positive returns on early childhood investments are well-documented.

Emerging science clearly shows that:

  • The first five years are the most critical time in human development
  • Early experiences and patterns of development affect the quality of that architecture by establishing either a sturdy or a fragile foundation for all of the development, learning, health and behavior that follow.

Below are four of the ways that Building Bright Futures and Vermont Early Childhood partners inform Early Childhood Policy so that our children and their families have a strong foundation.


See how centralizing data informs policy

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Policy Recommendations

See the recommendations and learn about the process

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See how Building Bright Futures is advising through memos and testimony

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Reports, briefs, and research articles produced by BBF and statewide partners

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