We recently worked with Building Bright Futures to improve the design and readability of their fifth edition of How are Vermont’s Young Children and Families?, an annual examination of Vermont’s most vulnerable populations. The group announced the report’s release at a Vermont Statehouse press conference this past January.
Read Vermont Digger’s coverage of the report here.
Building Bright Futures (BBF) is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization and the designated Vermont Early Childhood Advisory Council to the Governor, Administration and Legislature in Vermont. It is focused on improving the well-being of young children and their families. BBF’s annual report outlines both the good and bad news for this population, communicating data gathered by various sources in five areas: Family and Relationships; Safety; Health; Early Care and Learning and Family Economic Well-Being.
For 2017, the report found a few disturbing trends, including the state’s opiate crisis, the continuing struggle to afford quality child care, a rise in child abuse, and an increasing number of children becoming wards of the state. It also highlights some positive trends, including fewer families living in poverty and almost all children – 99 percent – enjoying health insurance in Vermont. The report includes recommendations for improving the systems that serve young children and families in these areas.
Our role in working with BBF was to improve the overall look and readability of this statewide report. We reorganized the content for better flow and understanding, redesigned pages with clean lines and added white space for a more sophisticated look, incorporated a bold use of photography to engage the reader, and upgraded infographics and charts to modernize the report.
You can read the full report on Building Bright Future’s website here.