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.
- S. Windsor/N. Windsor ~ Springfield
Kim Kiniry, Springfield Area Parent Child Center, 2 Main St., No. Springfield, VT 05150, Tel: 886-5242 (ext. 248), Fax: 886-2007. http://www.sapcc2.com/regionaltraining.htm
- Rutland ~ Rutland City VAC, 88 Park Street, Rutland 05701
Rosie Piontek, Tel: 747-0033 VAC: http://www.vacvt.org/ child care support services
- Orleans/N. Essex ~ Newport
Ines Abdelnour, NEKCA/PCC, 70 Main St., PO Box 346, Newport, VT 05855, Tel: 334-4072, Fax: 334-4079.
- Orange/N. Windsor ~ Hartford
Chris Pressey-Murray, Cindy Binzen, Child Care Project, 17 ½ Lebanon St., Suite 2, Hanover, N.H. 03755, Tel: 603-646-3233 or 800-323-5446, Fax: 603-646-0197. http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ccp/providers/training.html
- Lamoille ~ Morrisville
Daniela Caserta Lamoille Family Ctr., 480 Cadys Falls Rd., Morrisville, VT 05661, Tel: 888-5229, Fax: 888-5392. http://lamoillefamilycenter.org
- Franklin/Grand Isle ~ St. Albans
Michelle Trayah Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, 60 Lake Street, suite 100, St. Albans, VT 05478; Tel: 393.9415 or 1.800.834.7793, Fax: 524-1126.
- Chittenden ~ Burlington
Meghan Flanders (ext. 40); Amy Conant (ext 19), Child Care Resource, 181 Commerce St., Williston, VT 05495, Tel: 863-3367 or 800-339-3367, Fax: 863-4202. http://www.childcareresource.org/
- Caledonia/S. Essex ~ St. Johnsbury
Kim Buxton, Kingdom County Child Care Connection (KCCCC) at Umbrella, 1222 Main St, Suite 301, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819, Tel: 748-1992 or 1-800-916-8645, Fax: 748-1405. www.umbrellanek.org
- Bennington ~ Bennington
Lori Pinsonneault, Bennington County Child Care Association, 226 Union Street; PO Box 829, Bennington VT 05201-8057 Tel: 802-447-6936, Fax: 447.6487 www.bccca.net
- Addison ~ Middlebury
Amethyst Peaslee, Mary Johnson Children’s Center, 81 Water St., Middlebury, VT 05753, Tel: 388-4304, Fax: 388-3063. http://mjccvt.org/providers/
- Washington ~ Montpelier
Jessica Jackson (ext.172):The Family Center of Washington County, 383 Sherwood Dr, Montpelier, VT 05602, Tel: 262-3292, Fax: 262-6071. Child Care Resources | Family Center of Washington County
- Windham ~ Brattleboro
Nancy Witherill email@example.com Windham Child Care Assoc., 130 Birge St., Brattleboro, VT 05301. Tel: 254-5332 or 1-866-254-5332: http://www.windhamchildcare.org/training.html
Other Vermont and National Resources
- Building Bright Futures – The Vermont Early Childhood Advisory Council, aligning the State level work with the 12 regional Councils across Vermont to make improvements in access, quality, and affordability of early care, health, and education for families and young children birth to age 6.
- Bright Futures Information System – Login and view your private Quality & Credential Account, create your online IPDP and search the statewide Course Calendar
- Council for Professional Recognition – Awards the national Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
- Vermont Child Development Division – Under “Professional Development” find grants and scholarship applications
- Vermont Afterschool, Inc. – Resource information for afterschool programs and professionals
- Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) – Professional, member organization; an affiliate of the National AEYC
- Vermont Agency of Education – Professional standards for educators, educator licensure and endorsements, peer review process for licensure, and IPDP requirements for educators
- Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) – Vermont Child Care Apprenticeship Program and courses, and On the Job Training. Also a professional membership organization.
- Vermont Child Care Providers Association (VCCPA) – Support for CDA, STARS and NAFCC program accreditation. A professional membership organization.
- Vermont Community Loan Fund– Child Care Financing Project- technical assistance, consultation and financing for regulated (centers and home based) child care is called “Project Success”
Learning Standards and Guidelines for Children and Youth
Vermont Early Learning Standards ages birth to grade 3 (revised 8-2015)
- Vermont Agency of Education Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities PreK-12
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Center on Accreditation (COA) – National afterschool program accreditation agency
- The Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) is a research-validated and field-tested tool designed to evaluate the quality of youth programs and identify staff training needs
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – Professional organization and hosts for the Academy for NAEYC program accreditation
- National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) – National family child care program accreditation and professional organization for family child care providers
- National Early Childhood Program Accreditation – National child care program accreditation for small programs
- Vermont STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) – Vermont program quality recognition and improvement system. Includes early childhood, afterschool and family child care programs.
- National Head Start Association (NHSA) – Nationally program standards and resources for regional Head Start programs
College and University Degrees and Coursework
- Vermont Colleges and Universities
- Vermont Career and Technical Centers
- Vermont Higher Education Collaborative – Graduate coursework toward degrees and certifications; educator licensure with early childhood endorsement through Lyndon State College
- CLEP (College Level Examination Program) – 33 different national computer exams; passing the exam equates to a college credit courses
- Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) – Document and submit learning gained through experience may be approved for multiple college credits that transfer to other colleges in VT
- Course Challenge – For students already in a degree or certificate program at the Community College of Vermont, if evaluator determines if student meets learning objectives then earn credit for that course
- Vermont Agency of Education – Early Childhood Education
- Vermont Colleges and Universities that approve educator licensure (PDF)
- Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) – Statewide and regional advisors with the latest in information on college loans, grants, loan forgiveness, scholarships, and college planning.
Ethical Standards for Professionals
- NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
- NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct Supplement for Administrators
- Vermont Agency of Education: Code of Professional Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct for Vermont Educators