Related Committees

State-wide committees provide information to the field, and seek to support and enhance the development of early childhood and afterschool professionals.

These Guiding Principles of the Professional Development System help determine how well  organizations and committees are  building an effective professional development system.

State wide committees that address professional development issues include:

  1. Professional Preparation and Development (PPD) Committee ( see also side bar)

This is a committee of the statewide Building Bright Futures Council.  It has representatives from early childhood and afterschool programs, services and others who guide and support professional development in Vermont. Members include representation from early childhood, afterschool and family based child care programs, Head Start, the Vermont Child Care Apprenticeship Program (VCCICC), Children’s Integrated Services, Higher Education, the Vermont Agency of Education, the Child Development Division, the Child Care Community Support Agencies, Vermont AEYC (Association for the Education of Young Children), Building Bright Futures regional Council and others. Over 100 individuals receive notices of the meetings, announcements between meetings and meeting notes and handouts.

  • Membership is open and meetings are held five times a year. To receive past minutes and find out the current schedule and location of meetings, contact Jen Knauer at jenknauer@gmail.com

2. Quality  Think Tank

This committee was initiated by the Child Development Division (CDD) and is also now a sub-committee of the Professional Development Committee (PPD- see above).  It brings issues to the PPD to discuss and takes issues generated by the PPD that need further planning.  It make recommendations on how the Division might best use resources to promote quality of services for children. Meetings are monthly, and open.

To learn more about this committee and its schedule contact Jan Walker at jan.walker@state.vt.us

3. Building Bright Futures Council (website) these are state-wide and regional

The state–level Building Bright Futures Council is linked to 12 Regional councils and other state- wide committees, including the Professional Preparation and Development Committee, described above. Together they work to create an integrated system of quality services for young children and their families in Vermont.

–   The state-level Building Bright Futures (BBF) Council is made up of appointed representatives of different public and private groups, concerned about services for young children and their families in Vermont. The State Council meets regularly and meetings are open for the public to view. The Council seeks to assure that all Vermont children are healthy and successful by improving the quality, affordability and accessibility of services for families with children under the age of six in the areas of health, early care and education.

–   Each area of the state also has a Regional Building Bright Futures Council.  Their meetings are usually monthly. The Councils includes a diverse voting membership that vote on decisions of the Council; meetings are open for anyone to participate. The Regional Councils are charged with community-based planning and program development, with the same goals as the State Council above. A number of them have their own professional development committees.

  • For more information about the BBF State or Regional Councils, go to http://www.buildingbrightfutures.org/   This site includes a list of BBF State Council members and Regional Council Directors.

4. Early Childhood Listerve- email distribution list

The Vermont early childhood listserve circulates by email to those who join. It is open to all. It is primarily used for announcements and for updates on new articles or research of importance to early childhood professionals across the state.  Guidelines for “listserve etiquette” should be followed so as not to clutter other people’s email boxes.

  • If you’d like to have your name added to the Early Childhood Steering Committee List Serve, please send an email to: michaella.collins@uvm.edu. In the subject line please write “Subscribe ECSC Listserve” (If you want to unsubscribe write “Unsubscribe ECSC Listserve” in the subject line.)

Contact Northern Lights if you are interested in being on these state wide committees organized by Northern Lights staff:

  • Instructor Registry Approval Panel
  • Program Director Credential Committee
  • MATCH (mentoring, advising, teaching, coaching, consulting) Committee