Basic Specialized Care (BSC)

Basic Specialized Care (BSC) is a 6-hour training designed for child care professionals working in regulated child care programs or schools, with children who are at risk or have special needs, and their families. These are the learning objectives of the Basic Specialized Care course.

A pre-requisite to taking Basic Specialized Care course is to complete the online 2.5 hour module: Vermont On-Line Mandated Reporter Training (from Vermont Agency of Human Services and KidSafe Collaborative Inc.)  It is also found on the Northern Lights webpage under approved Sponsors of Online Training .  There is no charge for this module, but you must successfully complete it and receive the certificate of completion.  You can either:

  • bring the certificate to the BSC training OR
  • submit a copy of the Certificate you received from the “Vt On-Line Mandated Reporter Training” to be entered into your BFIS credential account by Northern Lights.  Print, complete and use this cover sheet when you send it.

Find out where the BSC course is being offered in Vermont, by searching the BFIS course calendar  (under RESOURCES; search by entering today’s date and then 3-12 months ahead).  BSC is usually offered in two sessions.

It is offered throughout Vermont by approved sponsors and taught by instructors who have completed specific training on the curricula.  Child Care providers are required to complete the training before requesting Specialized Child Care status from the Child Development Division (CDD).

Course topics include:

  • Care-giving together with Families
  • Understanding Differences in Development
  • Child Abuse, Neglect & Trauma
  • Understanding Children’s Behavior

The BSC course is also part of the Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals course, the Afterschool Essentials course, and is required for a Level I early childhood certificate and Child Care Apprentice certificate.