Connecting
The Newsletter of the Bennington County Child Care Association

January – February – March 2015


Professional Development Update

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
& CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January – February – March 2015


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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  • 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.



JANUARY 2015

Sunrise/BCCCA Office will Close at Noon on Wednesday, December 31st and will be Closed Thursday and Friday, January 1st – January 2nd in Observance of the New Year: Happy Healthy 2015 from everyone on Sunrise's BCCCA Team!

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, January 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 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.  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
Shared Services Vermont -- An opportunity you won't want to miss! 

Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR 
Monday, January 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 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.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.   AA.  Please note:  CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

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.  All sessions sponsored by the Bennington County Child Care Association (BCCCA:  Sunrise’s Community-based Child Care Support Services program) will be automatically entered into your BFIS Quality & Credential Account.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about DAP for Infants and Toddlers Age Birth to Three Years!
Tuesday, January 13th (6 – 9 pm), SVMC Employee Cafeteria (Please use the main hospital entrance and follow the signs.)
This session is designed to assist early learning childhood educators in meeting several goals. Using a face to face approach, which will include small and large group discussions, video clips of teachers and other professionals and some hands on activities, learners will:
        Know what developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) is and what it is not.
        Be able to identify how teachers can promote children’s learning, development and goal achievement.
        Be able to apply DAP principles and guidelines in work with young children and families.
Join Cathy Hagadorn, Director of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC’s) Learning Tree for this evening of practicing and learning!  CCECP:  1, 3.  CCAP:  1, 3.  SVE:  1, 2.  CDA:  2, 7, 8.  I. This session offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours.  BCCCA.

An Introduction to Caring for Children & Families Experiencing High Stress:
Basic Specialized Care Service Training

Wednesdays, January 14th  & 21st, (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.  BCCCA.  This 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.  You are welcome to bring dinner/refreshment to these 3-hour sessions.

Sunrise/BCCCA Office Closed: 
Monday, January 19th in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Voices of Learning: An Interactive Approach to Adult Learning & Instructional Design
Monday, January 19th – Sunday, February 15th, On-Line Learning!
Northern Lights is once again offering Voices of Learning: An Interactive approach to Adult Learning & Instructional Design.  This is a fully on-line course that meets a requirement to be in the Instructor Registry.  The course will be held over 4 weeks, from January 19 to Feb. 15, 2015.  Participants must have regular access to the internet and a computer during this time.  Instructors must complete a formal training, like this, in order to renew their Instructor Registry application. If you have already taken a course that meets these objectives, or you teach in higher education are not required to take this course to be in the Instructor Registry.  Teaching adults requires a different set of knowledge and skills than teaching children. Learn what they are, practice applying them, and use them to design adult group instruction.  As a result of this interactive course you will identify and experience six foundational principles of adult learning; identify your preferred learning style and examine strategies to intentionally consider a variety of learning preferences in your training design; prepare achievement-based objectives for your training content; and determine a training topic and practice using the steps of training design. HOW TO SIGN UP:  complete the short survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/interestvofl1-2015.   There is a $50 charge for this 8 hour workshop (scholarships available).   There are a limited number of slots with priority going to those in the instructor registry who have not met this requirement yet.  QUESTIONS: nancy.sugarman@ccv.edu 802-828-2876 OR John.everest@ccv.edu 802-885-8374 

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about DAP for Preschoolers Age Three to Five Years!
Tuesday, January 20th (6 – 9 pm), SVMC Employee Cafeteria (Please use the main hospital entrance and follow the signs.)
This session is designed to assist early learning childhood educators in meeting several goals. Using a face to face approach, which will include small and large group discussions, video clips of teachers and other professionals and some hands on activities, learners will:
        Know what developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) is and what it is not.
       Be able to identify how teachers can promote children’s learning, development and goal achievement.
       Be able to apply DAP principles and guidelines in work with young children and families.
Join Cathy Hagadorn, Director of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC’s) Learning Tree for this evening of practicing and learning!  CCECP:  1, 3.  CCAP:  1, 3.  SVE:  1, 2.  CDA:  2, 7, 8.  P.  This session offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours.  BCCCA.

Regular Monthly Southshire Starting Points Support Network Meeting
Wednesday, January 21st (6 – 8 pm), Anna Harwrood’s Registered Child Care Home, 115 Monument Ave., Bennington
The Southshire Starting Points Support Network meets regularly on the third Wednesday of each month and is open to Bennington County early care and education professionals.  Please contact Anna Harwood, Southshire Facilitator to let her know you would like to participate, (802) 442-4419, (802) 440-2792, or abdeery@comcast.net. The group gets together for support, professional development opportunities and wellness events.  

Northshire Support Network Meeting
Thursday January 22nd ( 6:30 pm), Little Angels Nursery and Preschool,  5 Danby Pawlet Rd., Danby
The Northshire Starting Points Network invites you to meet at the brand new Little Angels Nursery and Preschool in Danby.  We will get a tour of this program that just recently moved from being a Licensed Home Child Care in East Dorset to a Licensed Center in Danby.  We will also have dinner and discuss topics such as opening a new center, the difference between a licensed home and a licensed center, increasing and/or maintaining STARS levels, and enrollment trends.  We hope that many of you will join us.  All are welcome!  Please RSVP to Alyson Grzyb at 447-1093 or alyruby@gmail.com so that we know how much food to order.  Directions:  From Bennington, take Route 7 north to Danby.  Turn left on Mt. Tabor Ave.   Turn Right onto South Main St..  Take the first left onto Brook Rd.  Turn left onto Danby Pawlet Road, go .8 miles and you will find Little Angels.

Beyond Fundamentals:  Program Management
Tuesdays, January 27th and February 3rd (6 – 8 pm), SVMC Employee Cafeteria (Please use the main hospital entrance and follow the signs.)
This Beyond Fundamentals module focuses on child care program operation and particularly development of program policies related to health and safety.  Written program policies communicate your expectations and are essential to operating a healthy and safe child care program.  This series will include content on the basic format for writing a policy, best practice resources for standards and guidelines as well as an opportunity for participants to examine and practice writing child care program policies.  How policies and procedures are related to quality will be discussed and The Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS) will be introduced.  CCECP:  5.  CCAP:  5.  CDA:  1, 5.  BCCCA.  This is a Beyond Fundamentals Module series.  This series will be facilitated by Cathy Hagadorn, Director of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC’s) Learning Tree.

Regular Monthly Director’s Starting Points Support Network Meeting
Thursday, January 22nd (6 pm), Oak Hill Children’s Center, 72 Schoolhouse Road, Pownal, VT
Directors and supervisors from Bennington County early childhood programs are invited to attend this dinner gathering for networking and sharing of resources, challenges and solutions that you face!  Please contact network leaders for more information or to let them know you are planning to attend:  Carol Barbierri: happydayscarol10@comcast.net, (802) 375-6039, or Cinda Morse:  (802) 823-7839, oakhillcindam@comcast.net.

Strengthening Families:  Facilitate Friendships and Mutual Support – Module III
Thursday, January 29th (6 – 9 pm), First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street, Bennington
Having a young child can be a profoundly isolating experience—or it can open up opportunities to connect with others.  As part of our strategies to strengthen families, we as early care and education providers need to understand first of all that having friends is important for families, and we also need lots of ideas and methods for helping to facilitate friendship.  At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value of making connections with parents and helping them to make connections with each other
  • Identify the 3 major reasons why people participate in groups and activities and apply those reasons to child care facilities
  • Demonstrate the importance of offering a welcoming space in making the shift from a children-centered to family-centered facility
  • Design a plan to facilitate friendships and mutual support among the parents of the children in their care

CCECP:1, 2, 4.  CCAP:  1, 2, 3, 4.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 4, 8.  This session offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours.  BCCCA.


Please remember to let us know of your celebrations and accomplishments so that we may include these in our “Congratulations” box on the front page of Connecting!

 



FEBRUARY 2015

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Monday, February 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. 

The SVSU Early Education Program Screenings
Friday, February 6th and Friday,  April 3rd
The SVSU Early Education Program will be conducting community-wide screenings for all three and four year olds on February 6th, 2015 and April 3rd, 2015. The purpose of a developmental screening is to provide parents with a picture of their children’s developmental strengths and challenges and to increase awareness of services available to children and families in the area. The screening is free and takes about 90 minutes.  

  • Parents of three and four year olds are asked to 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 all children with disabilities. For more information, contact Karen Burnell, Director of the Early Education Program at the SVSU, 802-447-8419.

Heart Saver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, February 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.

Sunrise/BCCCA Office Closed: 
Monday, February 16th in Observance of Veteran’s Day

How to Effectively Use Contracts and Policies with Parents – Webinar by Tom Copeland
Wednesday, February 18th (6:30 – 8:30 pm), Bennington Lodge of Elks, 125 Washington Ave., Bennington
Participants will learn how to establish an effective contract and policies and enforce their agreement with parents. Content includes:

  • How to establish a business relationship with parents
  • The four key elements of a contract
  • How contract and policies differ
  • How to resolve conflicts and enforce agreements
  • How to write a transportation policy that protects you and the children

This session is being sponsored by Vermont Birth to Three (VB3) and BCCCA.  Facilitated by Sharron Harrington, Resource Development and Referral Specialist.  CCECP:  2, 5.  CCAP:  2, 5.  CDA:  4, 5.  AA.

Beyond Fundamentals:  Promoting Social and Emotional Development
Sat., Feb. 21st (9 am – 3 pm), Thursdays, Feb. 26th, March 5th &12th (6 – 9 pm), Benn. Early Childhood Ctr, 1506 Harwood Hill, Benn.
This mental health series is aligned with the teaching pyramid model for supporting social competence and preventing challenging behavior in young children.  This series is based on training and tools provided by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Preschool Modules 1 and 2. This research-based series creates a strong foundation to support all children.  Modules are designed so participants will acquire the knowledge and skills to:  recognize the relationship between children’s social emotional development and challenging behavior;  design environments, schedules, activities and routines that support social emotional development; and Identify strategies that help build social skills.  CCECP:  1, 2, 3.  CCAP:  1, 2, 3.  CDA:  3.  This session offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours and will be facilitated by Nancy Smith.  BCCCA.

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 use 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.


MARCH 2015

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, March 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.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.  AA. 

Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR
Monday, March 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.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.   AA. 

Strengthening Families:  Facilitate Children’s Social & Emotional Development – Module IV
Wednesday, March 18th (6 – 9 pm), First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street, Bennington
Promoting children’s social and emotional development has long been a key component of early care and education programs.  Providers understand this work is important for the children.  What we now know is that this is also very important for the parents and families of the children in our care.  At the end of this sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Establish a framework for identifying a child’s strengths and talents, and help parents do the same
  • Use art activities to encourage children’s social and emotional expression
  • Establish a framework for identifying a child’s temperament and provide support for the particular types of temperaments
  • Design a plan to facilitate healthy social and emotional development of the children in their care

CCECP:  1, 2, 3.  CCAP:  1, 2, 3.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 4, 8.  This session offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours.  BCCCA.

Understanding and Responding to the Sexual Behavior of Children
Thursday March 19th (6 – 9 pm), Stepping Stones Early Learning Center, 3757 Richville Rd, Manchester Center
This workshop, presented by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, will help early care and education providers understand children’s sexual behavior and respond in ways that will promote children’s healthy sexual development.  This training describes the continuum of sexual behavior from healthy to unhealthy, teaches adults how to recognize the difference, how to answer children’s questions, and how to intervene and redirect behavior in order to help prevent child to child sexual abuse.  Dinner will be provided by the Northshire Starting Points Network.  CC:  1, 2, 4, 5.  CCAP:  1, 2, 4, 5.  SVE:  1, 2, 4.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 4, 8.  AA.  This session offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours.  Please register for this free 3 hour workshop with Alyson Grzyb at 447-1093 or alyruby@gmail.com.

Supporting Children Exposed to Substance Abuse
Wednesdays, March 25th (6 – 8 pm), April 1st and 8th (6 – 9 pm), First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street, Bennington
This professional development opportunity explores how adult substance use impacts children and what we can do in our roles to help.  We will focus on three main areas:

  1. How our professional caregiver role is impacted by issues of addiction, and resources for self-care and support;
  2. Identification of current issues showing up in your programs (what you are seeing related to the impact of substance use on children and families) and;
  3. Practical strategies to benefit individual children and your program as a whole.

Emphasis will be placed on real issues and working together to share effective strategies that promote healthy outcomes for children and their families.  The first session will be facilitated by Joan Walsh from the Turning Point Center of Bennington County where the 93 minute documentary film by Bess O’Brien, The Hungry Heart (a film about prescription drugs, addiction and recovery in VT), will be viewed.  To see a trailer of the film go to http://thehungryheartmovie.org/. The second and third sessions will be facilitated by Robbin LaRue.  This series is being sponsored by Vermont Birth to Three (VB3) and BCCCA.  CCECP:  1, 2.  CCAP:  1, 2.  CDA:  3, 4.  This series offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours.  It is important that participants attend all three evening sessions regardless if they have previously viewed The Hungry Heart film.

 



APRIL 2015

The SVSU Early Education Program Screenings
Friday,  April 3rd
The SVSU Early Education Program will be conducting community-wide screenings for all three and four year olds on February 6th, 2015 and April 3rd, 2015. The purpose of a developmental screening is to provide parents with a picture of their children’s developmental strengths and challenges and to increase awareness of services available to children and families in the area. The screening is free and takes about 90 minutes. 

  • Parents of three and four year olds are asked to 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 all children with disabilities. For more information, contact Karen Burnell, Director of the Early Education Program at the SVSU, 802-447-8419.

Annual BCCCA Family Fun Fair!
Saturday, April 4th (10 am – 1 pm), Tentative Venue:  Bennington Elementary, School Street, Bennington
This year’s Annual Family Fair marks its 25th 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.  For more information, please contact BCCCA Board Co-Presidents Nikki Dockum at dockum@yahoo.com or Nancy Noel at nnoel@ucsvt.org.

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Monday, April 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 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 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.     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.

Never Too Early!
Thursdays, April 23rd and 30th (6 – 8 pm), Take Five, LLC Early Childhood Program, 142 Mt. Aeolus Lane, Manchester
This two-part training by the Vermont Humanities Council offers an introduction to reading and sharing books and conversation 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.  “Early literacy and authentic nature play" will be one topic included in the discussion.  This year’s books include Margaret Wise Brown’s Big Red Barn, A Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fyjukawa, and The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony.   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.   Facilitator:  Lori Pinsonneault.  This session is being sponsored by the Northshire Starting Points Network and dinner will be provided.  Please register by contacting Alyson Ruby Grzyb at alyruby@gmail.com or (802) 447-1093.  There is no fee to attend this session.  DIRECTIONS:  From Bennington, take EXIT 4 (Route VT11/30), and turn left on Depot St./VT11/30 towards Mancheser Center.At roundabout, take the first EXIT onto Main St./VT30/VT7A.  At next roundabout, take the second EXIT onto Bonnet St./VT30.  Go 1.5 miles and turn slight right onto Mt. Aeolus Lane and you will reach the center in .1 miles.



CHILD CARE WELLNESS CONSULTATION ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Vermont Agency of Human Services, Dept. for Children and Families and Dept. of Health are pleased to announce collaboration with the Vermont child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) to continue the Child Care Wellness Consultation project.  This project is supported through the Early Learning Challenge (ELC)/Race to the Top grant and seeks to refine a Vermont Child Care Wellness Consulting System.

The role of the Child Care Wellness Consultant is to work collaboratively with early care and education programs (licensed centers and licensed/registered family child care homes) to promote the health and development of children, families, and providers and to ensure a healthy and safe child care environment.  Our Child Care Wellness Consultants are Registered Nurses who have specialized knowledge of health and safety standards and best practices for child care programs.  Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more details about Child Care Wellness Consultation services.

Child Care Wellness Consulting visits are for on-site consultation and will be available through June 30, 2015.  We ask that visits initially be focused primarily on nutrition and physical activity to help address our performance measures for the Early Learning Challenge grant.  However, other health and safety related issues may be discussed and follow-up visits may be requested.

All visit made to STARS participating homes and centers will be free of charge to the provider and supported through the ELC grant monies.  Site visits to non-participating STARS providers can be arranged, however the provider will be required to pay a fee for service directly to the consultant.  Currently that rate is $50 per hour.

To stay in compliance with the federal ELC grant, all providers will be required to complete short visit intake and outcome forms.  Additionally the Consultant will need program information to review prior to a visit so they can best serve you.  You and your Consultant can discuss which type of review best suits your mutual site visit preparation needs.  Examples of review information can be a CCWC program review checklist, your most recent STARS program self-assessment or a collection of your program’s policies and practices related to health and safety issues for which you would like consultation services.

If you are interested in receiving a Child Care Wellness Consultant visit, please contact the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council via email vccicc@comcast.net or phone 802.985.2700 to see when a visit can be arranged for your program.

Thanks you for your interest in supporting the health and safety of children in your care.




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If you are a participant in Vermont’s Step Ahead Recognition System – STARS- either as a staff member in a star rated program or as a provider, you are eligible for free access towww.SharedServicesVT.org  SSVT is a one stop shopping place for discounts, teacher and administrative resources, and so much more.  
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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

 

 

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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://northernlightscdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Cover-sheet.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.  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

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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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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