Connecting
The Newsletter of the Bennington County Child Care Association

April, May, June 2014


Professional Development Update

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Professional Development CODE  GUIDE (for following Professional Development Calendar of Events)

Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals (CCECP)
1.  Child Development
2.  Families & Communities
3.  Teaching & Learning
4.  Healthy & Safe Environments
5.  Professionalism & Program Organization

Core Competencies for Afterschool Professionals (CCAP)
1.  Child & Youth Development
2.  Families & Communities      
3.  Curriculum & Learning Environment
4.  Healthy & Safe Environments

5.  Professionalism & Program Organization

CDA (CDA) Subject Areas
1.  Planning a Safe & Healthy Learning
     Environment
2. Children’s Physical & Intellectual
     Development   
3. Support Children’s Social & Emotional
     Development
4.  Establish Productive Relationships with
     Families
5. Effective Program Operation
6. Maintaining a Commitment to Professionalism
7. Observing & Recording Children’s Behavior
8. Principles of Child Growth & Development

Specialized Training Credit
Basic Specialized Care Training
Advanced Specialize Care Training

Age Groups:
I (Infants & Toddlers), P (Pre-School Children), AS (After School / School Aged Children), AA (All Ages)

Please visit the Northern Lights website for more info about Core Competencies: www.northernlightscdc.org   


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
& CALENDAR OF EVENTS
April
MayJune 2014


GUIDELINES BCCCA SESSIONS ONLY
Please follow these guidelines unless otherwise noted for BCCCA Sessions.

  • Registration form is required for all BCCCA sessions.
         * Please click here for a registration form
         * Click here for scholarship application
             (forms require Acrobat Reader)
  • All BCCCA workshop sessions are $5.00 for BCCCA members & $10.00 for non-members unless otherwise noted.  If BCCCA offers a series, the fee for the series is $5 for the series – unless otherwise indicated.  Please note specific payment instructions under First Aid and CPR listings.
  • Be sure to include the correct fee with your BCCCA registration!   
  • Checks should be made out to “SUNRISE.” unless otherwise indicated.
  • Please register for BCCCA sessions listed in this issue of CONNECTING.
  • When registration payments are received from a licensed program (paid by the program, not by the individual staff member), the program director will be notified of “no shows.”
  • No refunds or credits are given for cancelations or “no shows.” Refunds are given if the session is canceled by BCCCA or if the class is full.

Please note that we include many professional development and other opportunities which are NOT sponsored by BCCCAPlease register for these sessions as indicated.



APRIL 2014

Bennington County Child Care Association’s 24th Annual Family Fair!
Saturday, April 5th, 10 am – 1pm), Bennington Elementary School, Bennington
Mark your calendars now and plan a fun activity to promote your program and quality early childhood services in Bennington County! This Fair is held annually in celebration of the Month of the Young Child. Traditionally this free family fun event has 500-800 participants! Licensed and registered early childhood programs and community partners are invited to offer booths with activities such as face painting, planting, ring toss, block play, sticker sheets . . . ! If you are interested in hosting a booth, please contact BCCCA Board President Keya Hunt at keyaatlilpeeps@hotmail.com.

PLEASE CLICK TO DOWNLOAD A FAMILY FAIR POSTER FOR THE FAMILIES IN YOUR CARE!

Dooda’s Daycare Open House!
Saturday, April 5th, (3-4 pm), Dooda’s Daycare, 59 River Road, North Bennington
All are welcome to stop by and see Deb Miller’s new site for her Dooda’s Daycare which will be open to provide care for children on April 7th.

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Monday, April 7th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
Richard Scheffler of the Bennington Rescue Squad will offer this CPR certification class to early care and education providers.  Please make $25 registration fee payable to Richard Scheffler and mail it to Richard Scheffler:  742 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.     For more information please contact Richard at rscheffler47@hotmail.com or (802) 379-5383.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.  AA.  Please note: CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours. 

Heart Saver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, April 14th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This course is a video based, instructor lead course that teaches participants critical life-saving skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until services arrive.  Topics covered in this course are:   First Aid Basics, Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies and Environmental Emergencies.  Please make $25 registration fee payable to Nicole Bushika and mail it to Nicole Bushika:  P.O. Box 203, Pownal, VT  05261, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.  For more information, please contact Nicole at:  nbushika@yahoo.com or (802) 949-7121.     CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.  AA.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

Building Successful Childhood Behaviors
Wednesdays, April 23rd & 30th (6-8 p.m.), Bennington Early Childhood Center, 1506 Harwood Hill, Bennington
These seminars will focus on proactive approaches to building appropriate behaviors in young children as well as intervening effectively when behaviors become more challenging.  The 4 options of dealing with behaviors which will be discussed are as follows:  PREVENT THEM, PERMIT THEM, TOLERATE THEM or STOP THEM.    Many  seminars become lectures followed by questions but rarely involve the problem solving abilities of the participants.  Problem solving refers to the ability to use knowledge, facts and data to effectively solve problems.  The ability to think on your feet, assess problems and find possible solutions.  These seminars will not be focusing on any particular methodology.  They will attempt to use real life information and issues generated by the participants and then:  DEFINE THE PROBLEM, GENERATE OPTIONS OR ALTERNATIVES, EVALUATE & SELECT OPTIONS OR ALTERNATIVES, IMPLEMENT THE POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS AND EVALUATE THEIR SUCCESS.  –  In order for this type of approach to be successful, participants are encouraged to inform me of the areas that they would like to be discussed.  This can include scenarios involving adult to child, child to child, or adult to adult
»»»PLEASE email your thoughts and suggestions to our facilitator, John Camelio at johncamelio@gmai.com with the Subject line:  “BUILDING SUCCESSFUL CHILDHOOD BEHAVIORS.”   Advanced Specialized Care.  BCCCA.  CCECP:  1, 3, 4.  CCAP:  1, 3, 4.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 8.  AA.

An Introduction to Caring for Children & Families Experiencing High Stress:
Basic Specialized Care Service Training
Thursdays, April 24th and May 1st, (6-9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union Street, Bennington
This session is designed for providers who care for children under the category of Specialized Child Care and meets the Child Development Division’s licensing requirements for providers who care for families/children who are receiving funding for “Specialized Care.”  Providers need to attend this training prior to providing Specialized Child Care.  Mandated reporting, child development & the impact of abuse & neglect on children’s development, resources & support systems will be discussed.  Six training hours can be used toward licensing credit for providers not identified as Specialized Care.  It is required that providers offering Protective Service Child Care, Family Support Child Care & Care for Children with Special Needs attend this series one time.  CC:  1, 2, 3.  CDA:  2, 3, 4, 6.  B.  AA.  BCCCAThis training is included in the Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals; participants who have attended the Fundamentals course or who have attended this session in the past will not receive training credit.  A light meal will be provided.

SVSU Early Childhood Program Screening Schedule:   Please Let the Parents in Your Care Know! 
Friday, April 25th at Molly Stark Elementary School, Orchard Road, Bennington
The SVSU Early Childhood Program at Molly Stark School will be conducting community-wide screenings for all three and four year olds on the following date:   April 25th.   There will also be some screening dates in June. The purpose of a developmental screening is to provide parents with a picture of their child’s developmental strengths and challenges and to share information on community resources available to children and families. The screening is free and takes about 90 minutes.   ²  Parents of three and four year olds can call the SVSU Early Childhood Program at (802) 447-8419 to set up an appointment.  The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union is committed to the education of children with disabilities. For more information, contact Karen Burnell, Director of the Early Childhood Program at (802) 447-8419.   Please share this information with all parents of the 3 and 4 year olds in your care!

VB3 Presents “Brain Development Part 3:  The Effects of Trauma & Stress in the Developing Brain”
Saturday, April 26th (9 am-3:30 pm), Hampton Inn, 51 Hannaford Square, Bennington
Yearly, five million children experience a traumatic event in the United States.  Many more are living in highly stressed environments.  These experiences can have devastating effects on the developing brain.  By looking at typical and atypical brain development, we can start to understand differences in growth.  From here the presentation explored therapeutic models of helpful care giving behaviors.  The potential benefits for children when a care giver understands helpful behaviors is tremendous.  Presentation by Scott Noyes of Empowering Programs (please see empoweringprograms.com) and sponsored by Vermont Birth to Three (VB3).  Lunch will be provided for this free session.  CCECP:  1, 3, H.  CCAP:  1, 3, 4.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 8.  Advanced Specialized Care.  To register, please contact VB3 Program Specialist & Mentor, Brenda Schramm at baschramm@comcast.net or (802) 379-7267.



MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH!
CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK is MAY 4-10!

 
Be on the lookout for green ribbons (representing Children’s Mental Health Awareness) and bookmarks that will be developed by our Local Interagency Team with suggested readings and movies.  The bookmarks will include adult, young adult and children’s books.  The bookmarks with green ribbons can found at Libraries, Bookshops and other locations throughout Bennington County.

MAY 2014

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, May 5th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This class is intended for those involved in child care that have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements such as child care workers, teachers, foster care workers, camp counselors, youth organizations, and coaches for children's sports organizations.  It teaches how to manage illness and injuries in a child in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.  Topics include First Aid Basics, Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies and Environmental Emergencies.  Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Richard Scheffler and mail it to Richard Scheffler:  742 Main Street, Bennington 05201, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.   For more information please contact Richard at rscheffler47@hotmail.com or (802) 379-5383.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.  AA.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
May 8, 2014
Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth. 

COMPUTER 101:  Getting Started!
Thursday, May 8th (6-8 pm), Mt. Anthony Union Middle School, Room 1228, 747 East Road, Bennington
A computer is an electronic device that manipulates information, or "data." It has the ability to store, retrieve, and process data. You can use a computer to type documents, send email, submit invoices in the Bright Futures Information System (BFIS), reapply for your early childhood program license, and browse the internet. You can also use it to handle spreadsheets, accounting, database management, presentations, games, and much more – but hold on!  This introductory session facilitated by MAUMS Computer Technician Mike Sullivan will focus on how to access your email (please remember to bring your email address and password!), how to send and forward messages, save a file, “CC” and “BCC,” and add or delete attachments.  Computers will be available for use or please feel free to bring your laptop or tablet.  CCECCP:  5.  CCAP:  5.  CDA:  6.  AA.  BCCCA.

Celebrating Bennington County Professionals:  Provider Appreciation Day!
Friday, May 9th, (5:30-7 pm), Old First Church Carriage Barn, Monument Circle, Bennington
Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere. Started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey, Provider Appreciation Day is appropriately celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother's Day. The founding organizers saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children.  The Bennington County Child Care Association Board of Directors invites all area early care and afterschool professionals to come and be celebrated at this event in their honor!  There will be great snacks and time to visit and network with others!  You are welcome to stop by any time or come for the entire time.  Door prizes will be drawn at 6:30.  Please let us know you will be attending this event by checking the box on the enclosed BCCCA Registration form and returning to PO Box 829, Bennington.  We hope to see you there!

Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR
Monday, May 12th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This course is a video based, instructor lead course that teaches participants critical life-saving skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until medical services arrive. Topics covered in this course include: Infant and Child CPR and Choking. Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Nicole Bushika and mail it to Nicole Bushika:  P.O. Box 203, Pownal, VT  05261, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.  For more information, please contact Nicole at:  nbushika@yahoo.com or (802) 949-7121.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.   AA.  Please note:  CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

If registration fees present a hardship, please be in touch with Lori Pinsonneault at BCCCA, 802-447-6936 or lorip@sunrisepcc.com.  For financial support for professional development opportunities, please review our SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (guidelines are included on the form), and to see the Child Development Division’s Application for College Tuition Grant with guidelines, please visit http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd or contact The Agency of Human Services, Dept. for Children & Families Child Development Division at 1-800-649-2642.

Never Too Early Part I & II
Wednesdays , May 21st and 28th  (6-8 pm), Northshire Day School, 5484 Main Street, Manchester
This two-part series (participants are expected to attend both sessions) from the Vermont Humanities Council offers an introduction to reading and sharing books and conversations with children. Take a journey into the world of children’s literature!  In this lively, interactive workshop, learn the importance and joy of sharing picture books and stories with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Through hands-on exploration of children’s books, learn about early literacy and related developmental issues.  Learn ways to create a literacy-rich environment, and share practical ideas with others.  Discover ways to make books come alive through animated reading, rhymes, and extension activities that encourage language development.  Take home ideas you can put to use immediately in your program, along with a free set of gift books.  This year’s books include Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Two Eggs Please by Sarah Weeks.   CCECP:  1, 3.  CCAP:  1, 3.  CDA:  1, 2, 8.  AA.  This introductory course has limited space.   Priority is given to those who have not attended a Never Too Early series in the past and we request only 3 participants from a program unless space allows.  Facilitator:  Lori Pinsonneault.  This session is being offered for free by the Northshire Starting Points Network.  Please RSVP to Northshire Starting Points Network Facilitator and Grant Administrator, Alyson Grzyb at 447-1093 or alyruby@gmail.com.   A light meal will be provided.

Marketing Your Child Care Program
Wednesday, May 21st (6-8 pm) at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street, Bennington.
Do you know why families chose your child care program?  Why do they stay? Why do they leave? What is unique about your child care business?  These are a few of the questions to consider when seeking insight into program enrollment. Sharron Harrington, Resource Development and Referral Specialist will present this interactive workshop related to marketing your child care program to increase and maintain enrollment.  Participants will leave with tools to evaluate their current practice including: identifying program benefits for families, advertising, customer service, and creating an individualized marketing plan. This training is free, and will be sponsored by the Southshire Starting Points Support Network &  BCCCA. To register for this session please contact group Facilitator Anna Harwood at (802)442-4419 or abdeery@comcast.net.  CCECP:  5.  CCAP:  5.  CDA:  5, 6.  AA.  A light meal will be provided.

Navigating BFIS: A Guide for Providers
Thursday, May 22nd (6-8 pm), Mt. Anthony Union Middle School, Room 1228, 747 East Road, Bennington
How can the computer help with your professional development and program management? How can you submit subsidy attendance online, market your program, maintain a professional development resume, and update licensing information to manage your program? Heather Mattison, Child Development Division Operations Administrator, will answer your questions, and guide you through navigating two websites that have lots of resources and information just for you! You'll come away with more information and comfort using the computer to meet your professional goals. Come with your questions!  BCCCA.  CCECP:  5.  CCAP:  5.  CDA:  5, 6.  AA.

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day
Monday, May 26th
Sunrise/BCCCA Offices will be closed in observance of this holiday.

 



JUNE 2014

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Monday, June 2nd (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
Richard Scheffler of the Bennington Rescue Squad will offer this CPR certification class to early care and education providers.  Please make $25 registration fee payable to Richard Scheffler and mail it to Richard Scheffler:  742 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.     For more information please contact Richard at rscheffler47@hotmail.com or (802) 379-5383.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.  AA.  Please note: CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours. 

Understanding & Responding to the Sexual Behavior of Children & Adolescents (URSBC)
Tuesday, June 3rd (6-9 pm)  Happy Days Playschool, Arlington Area Child Care, Inc., 426 East Arlington Road, Arlington
This session is offered by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (PCAV) and hosted by the Bennington County Child Care Association at Sunrise.  The curriculum, created by Gail Ryan of the Kempe Children’s Center, URSBC is designed to promote adult understanding of children’s sexual behavior, as well as teach appropriate adult responses in order to intervene earlier in the development of sexually abusive patterns.  The training is particularly relevant for professionals who interact directly with children, those who advise parents in regards to their children, and caregivers of children known to be at risk of sexual behavior problems.    Participants will learn to:

  • Identify normal vs. concerning sexual behaviors of young children;
  • Respond to young children’s sexual interactions;
  • Respond to young children’s questions about sexuality;
  • Identify and report suspected child sexual abuse.

The session will be facilitated by Amy Johnson, MA, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Trainer/Coordinator with Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.  Advanced Specialized Care.  BCCCA.  CCECP:  1, 3, 4.  CCAP:  1, 3, 4.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 8.  AA.

What Does “Time” Mean to Children?
Monday, June 9th (6-8:30 pm), Dooda’s Daycare, 59 River Road, North Bennington
What do children of different ages know and understand about time?  Why do children and adults struggle when it’s time to clean up?  Participants will learn ways to build on children’s understanding of “yesterday,” “today,” and “tomorrow.”  This session will be facilitated by Resource Development Specialist and Referral Sharron Harrington.  CCECP:  1, 3.  CDA:  2, 8.  I.  P.  BCCCA.
 
Heart Saver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, June 9th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This course is a video based, instructor lead course that teaches participants critical life-saving skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until services arrive.  Topics covered in this course are:   First Aid Basics, Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies and Environmental Emergencies.  Please make $25 registration fee payable to Nicole Bushika and mail it to Nicole Bushika:  P.O. Box 203, Pownal, VT  05261, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.  For more information, please contact Nicole at:  nbushika@yahoo.com or (802) 949-7121.     CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.  AA.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

SVSU Early Childhood Program Screening Schedule:   Please Let the Parents in Your Care Know! 
Monday – Wednesday, June 16th, 17th & 18th  at Molly Stark Elementary School, Orchard Road, Bennington
The SVSU Early Childhood Program at Molly Stark School will be conducting community-wide screenings for all three and four year olds on the following dates:   June 16th, 17th & 18th.   The purpose of a developmental screening is to provide parents with a picture of their child’s developmental strengths and challenges and to share information on community resources available to children and families. The screening is free and takes about 90 minutes.   ²  Parents of three and four year olds can call the SVSU Early Childhood Program at (802) 447-8419 to set up an appointment.  The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union is committed to the education of children with disabilities. For more information, contact Karen Burnell, Director of the Early Childhood Program at (802) 447-8419.    Please share this information with all parents of the 3 and 4 year olds in your care!

The Cost of Quality for Early Education Business Owners and Directors
Thursday, June 26th (6-8 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
Let’s take a look at current expenses for programs and move forward to what increasing the quality of a program can cost. The monetary considerations owners and directors need to make to increase the quality of their programs. We will problem solve the affordability of increased professional development and other financial issues as they relate to enhancing your program.  BCCCA.  CCECP:  5.  CCAP:  5.  CDA:  6.  AA.  This session is offered with support from The Vermont Community Loan Fund’s Project SUCCESS and will be facilitated by Project SUCCESS’s Business Development Specialist, Cindy Daniels.



JULY 2014

Independence Day!
Friday, July 4th
Sunrise/BCCCA Offices will be closed in observance of the 4th of July. 

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, July 7th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This class is intended for those involved in child care that have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements such as child care workers, teachers, foster care workers, camp counselors, youth organizations, and coaches for children's sports organizations.  It teaches how to manage illness and injuries in a child in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.  Topics include First Aid Basics, Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies and Environmental Emergencies.  Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Richard Scheffler and mail it to Richard Scheffler:  742 Main Street, Bennington 05201, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.   For more information please contact Richard at rscheffler47@hotmail.com or (802) 379-5383.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.  AA.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR
Monday, July 14th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This course is a video based, instructor lead course that teaches participants critical life-saving skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until medical services arrive. Topics covered in this course include: Infant and Child CPR and Choking. Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Nicole Bushika and mail it to Nicole Bushika:  P.O. Box 203, Pownal, VT  05261, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.  For more information, please contact Nicole at:  nbushika@yahoo.com or (802) 949-7121.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.   AA.  Please note:  CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.



IMPORTANT  INFORMATION FOR AREA EARLY CARE &
AFTER SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS

The Starting Points Directors Group traditionally meets the 4th Thursday of each month.  The locations rotate.  Currently the group is reading Learning From the Bumps in the Road and discussing a chapter each meeting.  The authors, Holly Elissa Bruno, Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Luis Antonio Hernandez, and Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan are accomplished professionals and respected leaders in the early childhood field. After a decade of speaking together at national professional development conferences, twelve of their most important topics are now available as essays. Each chapter presents dialog among the authors about a particular topic — from power imbalances to embracing technology in the classroom — and the lessons gleaned from facing and overcoming uncertainty and obstacles.  For more information, please contact group facilitators Carol Barbierri, happydayscarol10@comcast.net; or (802) 375-6039, and Cinda Morse, (802) 823-7839, or oakhillcindam@comcast.net.

Verifying Documentation of Professional Development When You Attend Something Offered Outside of the BFIS System:  To verify and submit PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT into Bright Futures information System (BFIS) Quality and Credential Account you will need to print the COVER SHEET found on the Northern Lights Career Development Website:   http://northernlightscdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Cover-sheet.pdf.  Send completed form to Northern Lights Career Development Center: CCV, P.O. Box 489 Montpelier, VT 05601

The Vermont Community Loan Fund’s Project SUCCESS is a NO COST program designed to assist owners, directors and staff of child care facilities (center and home-based) with a wide range of business skills training for successfully developing, operating, upgrading and/or expanding a child care program in Vermont.  –  Project SUCCESS can help you with:  use of Quickbooks, business plans, cash flow assessment & projections, budgeting, parent & employee handbooks, contracts & forms, marketing strategies, financial forms & reports and payroll.  The program can assist you in completing forms/applications for the food program, public preschool collaboration and STARS.  –  The Project SUCCESS Business Development Specialist is available on your schedule and will meet with you at a time (nights & weekends included)  and place that’s convenient for you.  For more information please contact:  Project SUCCESS, c/o Vermont Community Loan Fund, P.O. Box 827, Montpelier, VT  05601;  (802) 224-9146; or Success@vclf.org.


The most important step for personal safety is being aware and not putting yourself in a position to become a victim – don’t be an easy target!

General Personal Safety Tips
Always walk alertly and look comfortable with your surroundings. Play  a mental game of “what if?” to plan how you would react in different situations. – Be prepared to defend yourself if the need should arise.

Shopping/Parking Lots
Pay attention to the cars you are walking by and those parked near you. Make eye contact with anyone that may be sitting in their vehicles. Do not hesitate to return to the store and ask for a security guard to walk you to your vehicle or take the time to make a telephone call for someone to meet you.

Walking or Jogging
Pay attention to your surroundings and at all times.  Don’t be distracted by cell phones/texting/ipods. Take note of vehicles slowing down or passing by numerous times. Make eye contact with the operator and make a mental note of the description (male or female driving, color of vehicle and a license plate state.

Home Safety Tips
Keep everything locked, no matter how short of a time you may be gone. – Always have a phone by your bed and emergency numbers posted at all phones in the house. – Do not feel obligated to allow strangers into your residence, regardless of how trustworthy they appear.  You can offer to make a telephone call for them.  This also holds true for stranded motorists.

These tips were presented at the Personal Safety/Basic Self Defense class taught by Bob & Whitney Kalinowski for BCCCA in July 2013 and are printed here with permission.  For Bob’s complete list of safety tips, please contact Lori Pinsonneault at lorip@sunrisepcc.com.

 

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YOU ARE INVITED!:   Northshire, Southshire and Director Starting Points Networks

 

Starting Points Support Networks meet regularly and are open to Bennington County early care and education professionals.

Please contact one of the facilitators today to find out how you can be part of these great support networks. They get together for support, professional development opportunities and wellness events.   Please see enclosed Professional Development and

Calendar of Events for more information!

 

Northshire Starting Points Network Facilitator and Starting Points Grant Administrator:  Alyson Grzyb,

(802) 447-1093, (203) 414-4370 or alyruby@gmail.com

 

Southshire Starting Points Network Facilitator:  Anna Harwood, (802) 442-4419,

(802) 440-2792, or abdeery@comcast.net

 

Directors Starting Points Network Facilitators:  Carol Barbierri, (802) 375-6039, or happydayscarol10@comcast.net; and

Cinda Morse, (802) 823-7839, or oakhillcindam@comcast.net

~~ TRAINING REQUIREMENTS ~~

In addition to CPR, Registered Child Care Providers are required to take a minimum of 6 hours of training each year to retain a home registration status. Directors, Master Teachers, Teachers, Teaching Associates and Teaching Assistants in a Licensed Facility must have an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) and a minimum of 12 hours of Professional Development annually. Legally Exempt Child Care Providers (LECC) have no required training hours but are welcome and encouraged to attend any trainings of interest. Providers may count trainings offered elsewhere, provided the issues are related to child care. It is a good idea to call your local Resource Development Specialist (Sharron or Lori).

Specialized Child Care Training: A Specialized Child Care Service Provider is someone who is registered or licensed and provides care to children with a Protective Services or Family Support child care service need, as well as to children who have been approved through the child care financial assistance program for other special needs that include: documented health, developmental or cultural needs. The first required six hours of training must be the “Basic Specialized Care Training” which only needs to be taken once. When completed, an additional 6 hours of Advanced Specialized Care training must be taken per year. This training is in addition to the required 6 or 12 training hours mentioned above. The program/provider then has to be approved by CDD to provide specialized care services.

CPR: Providers are required to have a valid Certificate in Infant/Child CPR Training and be knowledgeable in administering first aid (CPR is in addition to the required 6 hours of training). 

Child Development Associate (CDA) If you are working toward a CDA, please look after each training listed to see which subject area the training counts toward.  This is important if you are doing the self-study model. For more information about the CDA, call the Council for Professional Recognition at 1-800-424-4310., or visit their website @ www.cdacouncil.org. For CDA information @ CCV, contact Jeannie Jenkins @ 802-447-2361.

Level I, Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals: (formerly 30 hour Child Development Course) meets the requirements for new assistant teachers in a licensed facility & training needs of Registered Home providers, offered annually in Bennington County by BCCCA as a workshop series.  Check in this issue of CONNECTING for more information or in BFIS for other listings.

Beyond Fundamentals: This refers to the second level on the Northern Lights Early Childhood Professional Development Career Ladder.  There is a series of seven Beyond Fundamentals (formerly known as “Level II”) training modules supported by Northern Lights and BCCCA.  These trainings build on entry level knowledge and skills. These trainings are designed to be valuable for individuals pursuing a Child Development Associate credential or a Level II certificate and for seasoned professionals interested in gaining more knowledge in a particular content area For more information on Level I & II curricula visit the Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center at http://northernlights.vsc.edu (You do not have to have taken a Level I to take a Level II session).

Essential Maintenance Practice (EMP): This lead training is a one-time requirement for all providers who have programs located in homes/centers built before 1978. If you are in need of this training, please contact Diane McKay @ 1-800-290-0527, or check the website: www.leadsafevermont.org.

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IMPORTANT RESOURCES & INFORMATION


 
Northern Lights Career Development Center News!

The October 2012 NL Atlas Newsletter is available on the homepage of the Northern Lights website under What’s New.  Please visit the following link to see this important publication:  northernlightscdc.org/
 


Better Kid Care’s new On Demand Distance Education System
provides professional development anytime you are ready to learn and is an approved sponsor of online training that is not for college credit.  Please visit:  www.betterkidcare.psu.edu/odDE.html for more information.

 
Bright Futures Information System Professional Development Training
:   You may easily search training on the BFIS web page and find to pertinent information. Check it out at www.brightfutures.dcf.state.vt.us/ ; go to Resources, Course Calendar, and then hit the search button. You will see all trainings that have been entered in the system.
 

 
SchoolChapters. 
Organize/Track/Share Portfolios.  Web site: www.schoolchapters.com/sc/general_info.php
School Chapters offers services to support NAEYC Accreditation.  Some of the services are free and some have related cost.  Please visit their site to see what resources might be helpful for your program in Reaccreditation or Accreditation.
 

 

INSURANCE FOR FAMILY CHILD CARE PROVIDERS

1) Homeowners Insurance (does not cover risks associated with the business)

  • Coverage for the house
  • Coverage for the contents
  • Coverage for personal liability

2) Business Property Insurance Policy

  • This policy covers the cost to replace all property used in your business (equipment, furniture, appliances, toys, etc.)
  • Coverage for business loss of income if your business is shut down because of a fire, bursting pipes, etc.

3) Business (also called Commercial) Liability Insurance Policy

  •  General liability coverage for accidents and lawsuits against your business.
  • Professional liability coverage to protect yourself in case you failed to adequately supervise the children in your care.
  • Legal defense in which the limits of this coverage are in excess of the general liability limits
  • Sexual abuse coverage with separate liability limits that covers you, your family, and your employees.
  • Medical (“no fault”) coverage to cover expenses when children are injured.
  • Coverage for accidents when you are away from your home with the children
  • Renters want the ability to list their landlord as an “additional insured.”
  • The policy should be an occurrence form, not a claims made policy
  • The company has at least an “A” rating from the Best Company


4) Car Insurance Policy

  • If your car is used in your business, you need a policy that will cover you for injuries and damages suffered in car accident while using your car for business purposes.

5) Workers’ Compensation Insurance Policy

  • This policy covers employees for injuries suffered while working for you.


This insurance article is

by Think Small

(www.thinksmall.org). 
For additional family child carebusiness publications, contact their publishing division, Redleaf Press, at 800-423-8309
or visit www.redleafpress.org.
 

Important Web Site Resources!


 
FUNDING FOR THIS NEWSLETTER IS PROVIDED BY THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, BENNINGTON’S SUCCESS BY SIX, AND THE BENNINGTON COUNTY CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION

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