Connecting
The Newsletter of the Bennington County Child Care Association

April – May – June 2016


Professional Development Update

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Starting Points Networks are here to offer Bennington County early care and after school
professionals opportunities to get together for support, professional development and wellness events:

Early Childhood Leadership Network
(Formerly the Director’s Starting Points Network)

Directors, supervisors and those striving for early childhood leadership in Bennington County early childhood and afterschool programs are invited to participate.  Please contact one of the Network facilitators for more information.  Facilitators:  Carol Barbierri, (802) 375-6039 or happydayscarol10@comcast.net and Alyson Grzyb, (802) 447-1093 or alyruby@gmail.com.  

Northshire Starting Points Network
Bennington County early childhood and afterschool professionals are invited to participate. Facilitator and Starting Points Grant Administrator:  Alyson Grzyb:  (802) 447-1093, (203) 414-4370 or  alyruby@gmail.com.

Southshire Starting Points Network
Bennington County early childhood and afterschool professionals are invited to participate. Facilitators:  Anna Harwood, (802) 442-4419, (802) 440-2792 or abdeery@comcast.net, or  Jodi Pratt (802) 379-1894 or danjodidaniel@gmail.com. This group traditionally meets the third Wednesday of each month.

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
& CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January – February – March 2016


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

  • Registration form is required for all BCCCA sessions.
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  • Registration form is required for all SUNRISE/BCCCA sessions. Please use the SUNRISE/BCCCA Registration form found in this issue of CONNECTING or online at www.bccca.net
  • All SUNRISE/BCCCA workshop sessions are $10.00 for SUNRISE/BCCCA members & $20.00 for non-members unless otherwise noted.  If SUNRISE/BCCCA offers a series, the fee for the series is $10 –unless otherwise indicated.  Please note specific payment instructions under First Aid and CPR listings.
  • Be sure to include the correct fee with your SUNRISE/BCCCA registration!   ~ Checks should be made out to “SUNRISE” unless otherwise indicated.
  • Please register for SUNRISE/BCCCA sessions listed only 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 participant 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 SUNRISE/BCCCAPlease register for these sessions as indicated.



APRIL 2016

Annual BCCCA Family Fun Fair!
Saturday, April 2nd (10 am – 1 pm), Tentative Venue:  Bennington Elementary, School Street, Bennington
This year’s Annual Family Fair marks its 26th year and promises to be bigger and better than ever!  There will be free fun for children of all ages!  A few of the proposed activities include face painting, sand art, block building, planting, and much much more!  Area early care and education providers and family service agencies are invited to sponsor an activity booth.  This offers a wonderful opportunity!  For more information, please contact BCCCA Board Co-Presidents Nikki Bushika at (802) 379 7648, or nbushika@yahoo.com; or Nancy Noel at (802) 447-5045,  nnoel@ucsvt.org.

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Monday, April 4th (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 classFor more information please contact Richard at rscheffler47@hotmail.com or (802) 379-5383.  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 11th (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.  CDA:  1.  AA.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

Regular Monthly Southshire Starting Points Network Meeting 
Wednesday April 20th
The Southshire Starting Points Network meets regularly on the third Wednesday of each month and is open to all Bennington County early care and education professionals.  Please contact one of the Network Facilitators,  Anna Harwood at (802) 442-4419, (802) 440-2792, or abdeery@comcast.net; or Jodi Pratt at danjoidaniel@gmail.com, to let them know you would like to participate,. The group gets together for support, professional development opportunities and wellness events.  

Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) Introductory Training
Saturdays, April 23rd and 30th (8:30 am – 3:30 pm), White River Junction, Vermont
The Vermont Agency of Education is conducting a free, two-part Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) Introductory training in April.  The training is open to all early educators supporting children 0-5 in Vermont.  Participants are expected to attend the full 12 hours.  For more information, please contact Shirley Rawson at (802) 479-1469 or Shirley.rawson@vermont.gov
To register, please visit
www.research.net/r/TSINTRO_April23and30.

Regular Monthly Early Childhood Leadership Network
(Formerly the Director’s Starting Points Network) Meeting

Thursday April 28th (6:00 pm), Bennington Early Childhood Center, 1506 Harwood Hill Rd, Bennington
This group will continue with Part 3 of their book study of "A Great Place to Work:  Creating a Healthy Organizational Climate".  They will look closely at how ten dimensions of organizational climate help shape the quality of work-life for staff.  Through thought-provoking discussions, engaging exercises, and role play they will guide participants to implement specific strategies that will help create a great place to work.  Participants will gain an understanding of the different dimensions that contribute to a program’s work climate, recognize that perceptions vary depending on a person’s role, values, and previous experiences, learn how to gather data to measure and monitor a center’s organizational climate, implement practical strategies for creating a great place to work, and appreciate the unique and important role that directors play to ensure success.  Part 3 will focus on teachers’ decision making influence, the vision and mission of the program, addressing adult physical needs, and increasing opportunities for creativity and innovation.   Please RSVP to one of the Network Facilitators:  Carol Barbierri, (802) 375-6039 or happydayscarol10@comcast.net and Alyson Grzyb, (802) 447-1093 or alyruby@gmail.com.   A light dinner will be provided.  Professional development offered.  CDA:  5, 6.

Medication Administration in Early Education and Child Care Settings
April 29th (8 – 11 am), Happy Days Playschool, 426 East Arlington Road, Arlington
Identify different types of medication, why medication is given, and how it is given; Improve medication storage, preparation, and administration techniques; Support good documentation of medication administration; Recognize and respond to adverse reactions to medication; develop appropriate policies about medication administration and implement them.  This couse is divided into 5 modules.  Part A:   Modules 1, 2 and 3 are offered online.  Part B will be offered in person and will include hands-on work with the steps in medication administration.  In order to attend Part B (the face-to-face training) participants must successfully complete each of  the online modules with an 80% or better to attend this face-to-face segment.  At the completion of all 5 modules participants will receive 5 hours of professional development credit.  Upon registration you will receive instruction and information to complete the online modules. The sponsor will be checking in with each participant a week prior to the hands-on portion to ensure successful completion of the modules. Participants will receive emailed scores the day after they take the modules.   PLEASE do not wait until the last minute to complete them; participants are required to complete Part A at least 1 week prior to the scheduled hands-on training.  CDA:  1, 5.  Advanced Specialized Care Training Credit.    To register, please call Happy Days Playschool at  375-6039.  Registration deadline is April 15th.  Coffee and light breakfast provided.

Vermont Afterschool Spring Training Event
Saturday, April 30th  (9:30 am – 3:00 pm), Okemo Mountain Resort, 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow, Vermont
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in one of the following day-long sessions:  Understanding Complex Trauma and the Influence of Art in Afterschool, STEM: Environmental Literacy in Action!, Let’s Get Moving! Creating a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program or Grant Writing for AfterschoolRegistration is $30/person (includes lunch).  For more information and/or to register, please visit   http://www.vermontafterschool.org/training/spring/.  Registration deadline is April 15.  This training is also being offered on Sat., April 2nd at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vermont.

If registration fees present a hardship, please be in touch with Lori Pinsonneault at SUNRISE/BCCCA, lorip@sunrisepcc.com or 802-447-6936.  For financial support of professional development opportunities, please download the 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.

“I’ve learned that having a child fall asleep in your arms
is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                              
— Andy Rooney

The April FLIP IT sessions are full!  

The two half day trainings scheduled for Friday, April 29th (12:00 – 4:00 p.m.)  and Saturday, April 30th (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) are both full. These sessions will be held at the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. in Bennington.

If you are registered to attend, please let Robin Stromgren know if something prevents your participation so that someone on the waiting list can take your place.  If you would like to participate, please be in touch with Robin to see if space is available or to be placed on the waiting list.  Robin is Bennington's Building Bright Futures Coordinator and may be reached at (802) 447-2887 or rstromgren@buildingbrightfutures.org 

What is FLIP IT?

FLIP IT® is a strategy that offers a simple, kind, strength-based, commonsense and effective four step process for day to day challenges and challenging behaviors from children. The four steps are embodied in the FLIP IT mnemonic which stands for F – Feelings, L – Limits, I –Inquiries, P – Prompts.

There is a FLIP IT book available for purchase.  Please advise Robin if you would be interested in purchasing a book.  Cost of book is less than $15 depending on the number of books ordered.  The session is being sponsored by Building Bright Futures and BCCCA/Sunrise.  

 



 

MAY 2016

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, May 2nd (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 at  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.  CDA:  1.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours

Brain Science of the Early Years
Tuesday,  May 3rd (6 – 8 pm), Martha Canfield Library in Arlington
This  interactive training facilitated by Let’s Grow Kids focuses on the latest research in early childhood brain development. Participants will leave with the knowledge to explain why high-quality early experiences during the first few years are so important for lifelong success.  CDA:  6, 8.  A light dinner will be provided.  Please RSVP to Northshire Starting Points Network Facilitator, Alyson Grzyb at 447-1093 or alyruby@gmail.com

APPRECIATION DINNER! 
Celebrating Bennington County Early Childhood  and Afterschool Professionals!

Friday, May 6th, (6:00 – 7:30 pm), Bennington Lodge of Elks, 125 Washington Ave., 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  with support from area Starting Points Networks invites all area early care and afterschool professionals and a guest to join in the fun!  Baked Swiss chicken is on the dinner menu and there will be time to visit and network with others!  Please let us know you will be attending this event by checking the box on the enclosed BCCCA Registration.  We hope to see you there! 

DUST OFF THOSE RUNNING SHOES!!!

Spring IS around the corner, and so is the first annual 5K race up Lookout Mountain: the Iron Horse Walk * Trot * Canter, hosted by Gallop To Success (a nonprofit organization assisting at-risk youth in the area). This event will be held at Kimberly Farms Stables at 1214 Cross Hill Rd, North Bennington VT, phone: 802-442-5454, email: Kimber@sover.net. The race will take place on Saturday, May 7 at 10am. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. In addition, if you register for both our race AND the Bennington Road Race on May 8, you will receive a discounted rate of $10 and there will be special prizes for those who run in both. 100% of the proceeds will be used for horse camp scholarships. You can register by phone or at www.GallopToSuccess.org/events/5k (Check out the Bennington Road Race at www.bkvr.net). It is a family event, so all are welcome, including spectators!


Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR 
Monday, May 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 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 at 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.  CDA:  1.   Please note:  CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

Reinventing the 3 R’s:  Remembering + Ritual + Respect = Relationship
Tuesday, May 10th (6 – 9 pm), Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver Street, Bennington
If you are ready to go deeper and have fun while exploring those “intangibles” that make a real difference in kids’ lives over the long haul, this is the session for you!  Join us for this highly interactive workshop about helping children make sense of themselves and their place in the world through memories, rituals, and changing our perspectives.  This lively session will inspire you to believe that relationships are the real foundation of quality and will spark you to make yours the best they can be.  The facilitator of this session, Billie Slade, is a seasoned early childhood specialist who has worked in family child care, preschools, and a variety of other child care settings where she has learned as much from the children as they have from her!  She is currently a mentor in Windham County and believes that working with young children is valuable and important work that makes a real difference in the world!  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 4, 8. Advanced Specialized Care.  SUNRISE/BCCCA.  Carpooling is encouraged as down-town parking sometimes presents a challenge.

Act 166, Part II – Budgeting for Licensed Child Care Centers
Wednesday, May 11th (6 – 8 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
Cindy Daniels from the Vermont Community Loan Fund will provide information on how to prepare your budget for an Act 166 (Universal Prekindergarten) partnership with your local school district. Excel templates will be provided that can be used to calculate costs for overhead and costs associated with your partnership.  Participants will leave this session with a completed budget for their program using historical financial information.  All licensed centers receiving Act 166 pre-k partnership funds or are thinking about partnering are encouraged to send a representative to this session.   Participants need to bring a laptop and their most current tax return for their business (the tax form will be a Schedule C, and Schedule SE or Form 1120 or for nonprofits Form 990).  CDA:  5.  SUNRISE/BCCCA.

Act 166, Part II – Budgeting for Registered Child Care Home Providers
Thursday, May 12th (6 – 8 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
Cindy Daniels from the Vermont Community Loan Fund will provide information on how to prepare your budget for an Act 166 (Universal Prekindergarten) partnership with your local school district. Excel templates will be provided that can be used to calculate costs for overhead and costs associated with your partnership.  Participants will leave this session with a completed budget for their program using historical financial information.  All providers receiving Act 166 pre-k partnership funds or are thinking about partnering, are encouraged to send a representative to this session.   Participants need to bring a laptop and their most current tax return for their business (the tax form will be a Schedule C, and Schedule SE or Form 1120 or for nonprofits Form 990).  CDA:  5.  SUNRISE/BCCCA.

The Starting Points Early Childhood Leadership Network invites you to attend either or both of the following sessions.

Lunch will be provided. Please bring your own drink. To register for this FREE session, please call Happy Days at (802) 375-6039. The first session begins at 9 a.m. with the day wrapping up at 3:30 if you attend both sessions.

FRIDAY, MAY 13TH, FEDERATED CHURCH, 102 ICE POND ROAD, EAST ARLINGTON

FRIEND OR FOE: WOMEN RELATIONSHIPS AT WORK
Early Childhood is filled with women, and yet sometimes it doesn't feel as supportive as it could. Why do relationships between women at work sometimes feel so complicated? What are the unspoken expectations? How can we individually and collectively positively change the paradigm for women in the workplace?

In this workshop, Kerry* will share research in the field regarding the positive aspects to women's relationships as well as some of the unconscious gender challenges. There will be a chance for an engaging discussion among participants, and also an opportunity to personally reflect on one's own network of support and ways to deepen it. CDA: 6

DEEPENING YOUR ABILITY TO MAKE CHANGE IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SETTING
Working in an early childhood setting is important, meaningful work, yet it can be challenging to make things more effective because of the hands-on, multi-tasking nature of the work with little time for group processing.

This workshop is designed to offer a framework and tools to increase one's ability to influence change at work. Participants will assess their skillfulness in a number of critical areas of influence, identify how to more effectively communicate with others, and create a plan for making powerful requests to improve one's workplace experience. CDA: 6

*Kerry Secrest is an executive coach and leadership consultant who inspires the very best in her clients. Currently on the faculty of Marlboro College Graduate School, Kerry has a master's degree in International & Intercultural Relations. She founded the Women's Leadership Circles of Vermont, and was appointed in 2014 by the Governor to the Vermont Commission on Women. Kerry is proud that Watershed Coaching is a certified B (Benefit) Corporation.

Care for Kids: Early Childhood Sexuality and Abuse Prevention
Wednesday, May 18th (6 – 8 pm), First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street, Bennington
Care for Kids is a health-based curriculum for children 3 to 8 years of age. It is a well-researched curriculum that helps adults understand the link between healthy sexuality education and child sexual abuse prevention.   In the 2013-2014 academic year, 396 children were assessed pre- and post- Care for Kids implementation. Results showed statistically significant increases in children’s social and emotional competence due to participation in the Care for Kids classroom activities.  The curriculum contains 6 units: Bodies, Babies, Feelings, Bedtime, Touching, and Asking for Help. Each unit teaches and reinforces 2 to 4 simple, age-appropriate messages via a circle time, a song, a book, and an activity or craft.

This initial 2- hour training is for child care providers, early childhood educators, teachers, guidance counselors, school nurses and others. After the initial training, if the provider/educator decides to use the curriculum, PCAV staff will assist the center/school to host a meeting to orient parents to Care for Kids. Parents also discuss children’s normal sexual development and ways of fostering healthy sexuality in their child. Answering children’s questions, ways to help children learn to nurture and express empathy toward others, and adult responsibility for keeping children safe are also important components of the parent meeting.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 4, 8.  Advanced Specialized Care training credit.

This session is being sponsored by the Southshire Starting Point Network and BCCCA/Sunrise.  To register, please contact one of the following facilitators:  Anna Harwood, (802) 442-4419, (802) 440-2792, or abdeery@comcast.net; or Jodi Pratt at danjoidaniel@gmail.com, to let them know you would like to participate.  A light dinner will be provided.

Final Proposed Vermont Child Care Regulations Release: 

Over the past two years, the Child Development Division (CDD) has engaged parents, providers, regulators and community members in a process to provide clarification and incorporate new information to update definitions, staff qualifications, effective program operation and changes in both program and regulatory practice. 

—  Please visit: http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/regulation-revisions  to view the proposed regulations that CDD has filed with the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR):  CDD anticipates LCAR hearings on the final proposed rules to be on March 31st and April 7th. 

—  For more information or if you are interested in testifying on the proposed rules please contact Charlene Dindo at charlene@leg.state.vt.us. For information about the hearing process, visit http://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2016/39,  KCAR meets from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Thursdays in the Ethan Allen Room in the State House, Montpelier, Vermont.

Medication Administration in Early Education and Child Care Settings
May 25th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
Identify different types of medication, why medication is given, and how it is given; Improve medication storage, preparation, and administration techniques; Support good documentation of medication administration; Recognize and respond to adverse reactions to medication; Develop appropriate policies about medication administration and implement them.  This couse is divided into 5 modules.  Part A:   Modules 1, 2 and 3 are offered online.  Part B will be offered in person and will include hands-on work with the steps in medication administration.  In order to attend Part B (the face to face training) participants must successfully complete each of  the online modules with an 80% or better to attend this face to face segment.  At the completion of all 5 modules participants will receive 5 hours of professional development credit.  Upon registration you will receive instruction and information to complete the online modules. The sponsor will be checking in with each participant a week prior to the hands-on portion to ensure successful completion of the modules. Participants will receive emailed scores the day after they take the modules.   PLEASE do not wait until the last minute to complete them; participants are required to complete Part A at least 1 week prior to the scheduled hands-on training.  CDA:  1, 5.  Advanced Specialized Care Training Credit.  Registration deadline is May 11th.   SUNRISE/BCCCA

Sunrise/BCCCA Office Closed:  Monday, May 30th in Observance of Memorial Day
 

The best road to progress is freedom’s road.
— John F. Kennedy



JUNE 2016

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Monday, June 6th (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 classFor more information please contact Richard at rscheffler47@hotmail.com or (802) 379-5383.  CDA:  1.  AA.  Please note:  CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours. 

November 5th Annual BCCCA Conference Planning Begins!
Thursday, June 16th, Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This year’s conference will mark our 29th year and you are invited to be part of the committee that will make the event a great success!  Please bring your energy, ideas, and expertise to the table!  Please let us know you’ll be attending by entering your “check” on the registration form herein.  Thank you!

Heart Saver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, June 13th (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.  CDA:  1.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

Advanced Never Too Early:  Peacable Stories 
Wednesdays, June 15th & 22nd (6 – 8 pm ), Federated Church of East Arlington
This early literacy training provided by the Vermont Humanities Council is open to those who have previously completed a two-part Never Too Early series, and offers an opportunity to deepen knowledge of early literacy.  The Advanced NTE training theme is "Peaceable Stories" and will focus on socio-emotional development: participants will discuss how to use children’s literature to nurture empathy, compassion, cooperative play, and effective communication, as they nurture early literacy. Participants will receive a “Peaceable Stories” resource manual (developed by the Maine Humanities Council) and gift books for their programNote: this is the same Peaceable Stories curriculum with the same books as offered in earlier years; prior attendees should not register.  CDA:  2, 3, 8.  This session is being sponsored by the Northshire Starting Points Networks.  Please RSVP to Alyson Grzyb, (802) 447-1093 or alyruby@gmail.com.   A light dinner will be provided.   There are only a few spaces left!

We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

Brain Science of the Early Years
Thursday, June 23rd (6 – 8 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This interactive training facilitated by Let’s Grow Kids focuses on the latest research in early childhood brain development. Participants will leave with the knowledge to explain why high-quality early experiences during the first few years are so important for lifelong success.  CDA:  6, 8.  SUNRISE/BCCCA



JULY 2016

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, July 11th (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 at  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.  CDA:  1.  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 18th (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 at 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.  CDA:  1.   Please note:  CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

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REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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. In order to have these entered into your BFIS account, please print the COVER SHEET found on the Northern Lights Career Development Website: http://dcf.vermont.gov/sites/dcf/files/CDD/Forms/pd_verification_form.pdf and send completed form to Northern Lights Career Development Center, CCV, P.O. Box 489 Montpelier, VT 05601 with a copy of your certificate of completion.

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 and sign the Specialized Care contract.

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 or 12 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 especially 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.

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. 

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

Essential Maintenance Practice (EMP): This lead training is a one-time requirement for all early childhood programs located in buildings constructed 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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Professional Development CODE  GUIDE

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

Age Groups

     I:  Infants & Toddlers
     P:  Pre-Schoolers
     AS:  After School / Schoolagers
     AA:  All Ages           

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



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