Vermont and National Resources


Resource Development Specialists offer training for child care providers (early childhood and afterschool) in their region, welcome you to the child care business, and can answer your questions, provide support, resources and referrals.  They are housed in their regional Community Child Care Support Agency.  Contacts are listed alphabetically by region.

Other Vermont and National Resources

Learning Standards and Guidelines for Children and Youth

National Professional Organizations

Each of these organizations has dues paying members who receive benefits. Some of the benefits include access to services, a professional journal, newsletter, membership card, discounted attendance at the organization’s conferences, etc.

The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) reaches out to educators working with children from infancy to adolescence around the world. Their mission is to promote and support the global community to provide the optimal education and development of children… and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – is a professional organization of early childhood professionals and others dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education programs for children ages birth through age eight. See also VT AEYC

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) The mission of NAFCC is to support the profession of family child care and to encourage high quality care for children. NAFCC does this through accreditation, leadership training, technical assistance, public education, and policy initiatives.

North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) Is a network of educators, parents, and advocates seeking to elevate both the quality of life andquality of schools and centers for young children. Its work is inspired by Laurence Malaguzzi, the former director of the early childhood schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Its goals are to serve as a conduit for dialogue, to strengthen professional relationships, and to strengthen access to professional development.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) The mission of the CEC, a world wide organization, is to improve educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities. It includes a Division for Early Childhood (DEC) focused on professionals working with children with special needs ages birth to age six.  Members include teachers, administrators, students, parents, paraprofessionals, and related support service providers. Contact the Vermont subdivision of DEC via email:

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)  The mission of AFT, AFL-CIO, is to improve the lives of our members and their families, to give voice to their legitimate professional, economic and social aspirations, to strengthen the institutions in which we work, to improve the quality of the services we provide, to bring together all members to assist and support one another and to promote democracy, human rights and freedom in our union, in our nation and throughout the world. Members include professionals in the health, education fields, and there is an associate member program. AFT recognizes early childhood educators and child care providers and the Center for the Child Care Workforce is affiliated with the AFT.

Program Standards and Accreditation

College and University Degrees and Coursework

Ethical Standards for Professionals

Selected Advocacy Organizations