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October – November – December 2016


Professional Development Update

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
& CALENDAR OF EVENTS
October – November – December 2016


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

  • 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.



OCTOBER 2016

Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals  
October 22, 2016 – January 21, 2017
Registration is due October 10, 2016. Click here for details

Heart Saver Pediatric First Aid 
Monday, October 10th (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.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.  .  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.

Bennington Attachment Self-Regulation Competency (ARC) Framework
Monday – Tuesday, October 17th & 18th, Bennington
     > Click here for details <

Child Development Associate (CDA) Workgroup
Tuesday, October 25th (6 – 8 pm), School's Out Children's Center, 901 Main St., Bennington
Are you looking for support with obtaining your CDA?  Please join us at this monthly workgroup to receive help compiling your CDA Portfolio, preparing to apply, take your test, and schedule your Review-Observe-Reflect (ROR) visit.  We will meet Tuesday evenings monthly:  November 15th and December 13th. You may contact Brenda Schramm with questions about the CDA or through these workgroups, Brenda Schramm:  baschramm@comcast.net or 802-379-7267.  To register, please use registration form which is included in this newsletter.  SUNRISE/BCCCA.  Please note:  There are no CDA Workgoups scheduled beyond 12/2016.

Writing your IPDP – Individual Professional Development Plan
Wednesday, October 26th (6 – 8 pm), CCV, 324 Main St., Bennington
A clear, concise Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) is necessary for licensing, career level certificates, and recognition bonuses.  This workshop is a hands-on, IPDP-developing work session.  Participants will be guided through the 4 steps of IPDP development, including self-assessment, developing goals, identifying strategies and resources, and creating realistic timelines.  Program directors and supervisors will also find this workshop useful for career advising.  All of the necessary tools will be provided, and you will leave with your IPDP well under way!   Presented by Amelia Struthers, Coordinator – Northern Lights Career Development Center.  CCECP:  5. CCAP:  5. CDA:  6. SUNRISE/BCCCA.   ►Please see Child Care Licensing Regulations:  Registered & Licensed Family Child Care Homes, page 90, regulation 7.4.1; and in Child Care licensing Regulations:  Center Based Child Care and Preschool Programs, page 92, regulation 7.4.1. 

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.


 

NOVEMBER 2016

THE POWER OF CHANGE!
The 29th Annual Conference of the Bennington County Child Care Association (BCCCA) & Partners
Saturday, November 5th, 2016 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m, MAUMS, 747 East Road, Bennington
Please >> Click here for conference information and details <<  One copy of the conference flyer was mailed to each Bennington County regulated early childhood and afterschool program on Sept. 30th.  On-line registration is now open at www.regonline.com/benningtoncountychildcareassociationconference2016.  
– Tom DePollo will be inspecting fire extinguishers at the conference for your convenience.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid   
Monday, November 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 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.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.  CCECP:  4. CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1. 

Sunrise/BCCCA Office Closed: 
Friday, November 11th in Observance of Veterans Day

Today…and every day…we are grateful for our military personnel, past and present, and the families who support them. 

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

CDA Workgroup
Tuesday, November 15th, (6 – 8 pm), School's Out Children's Center, 901 Main St., Bennington
Are you looking for support with obtaining your CDA?  Please join us at this monthly workgroup to receive help compiling your CDA Portfolio, preparing to apply, take your test, and schedule your Review-Observe-Reflect (ROR) visit.  We will meet Tuesday evenings monthly:  December 13th. You may contact Brenda Schramm with questions about the CDA or through these workgroups, Brenda Schramm:  baschramm@comcast.net or 802-379-7267.  To register, please use registration form which is included in this newsletter.  SUNRISE/BCCCA.  Please note:  There are no CDA Workgoups scheduled beyond 12/2016.

Bennington County Child Care Association Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 16th (6 – 7:30 p.m.), First Baptist Church, 601 Main St., Bennington
The Bennington County Child Care Association (BCCCA) invites you to attend their annual celebration!  The Board will honor out-going Board Members Wendy Ballou, Nikki Dockum, Lori Gratton and Beth Wallace.  New Board Members will be introduced.  The Annual Awards for Outstanding Support to young Children and Their Families will be presented as part of the festivities!  Please let us know on the enclosed registration form that you will be in attendance and you are invited to bring a friend!  There is no fee – we just want to be sure to have enough food for everyone!  Hearty hors d’oeuvres and treats will be served!


Before you speak, let your words go through three gates. At the first gate, ask: "Is it true?" At the second gate, ask: "Is it necessary?" At the third gate, ask: "Is it kind?"
— Sufi Saying

Sunrise/BCCCA Office Closed: 
Thursday & Friday, November 24th-25th in Observance of Thanksgiving

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.  –Winston Churchill

Women & Substance Use and Children Exposed to Substances:  The Developmental Effects (ASC)
Wednesday, November 30th, (6 – 8 pm), VT Dept. of Health Community Room, 234 Main St., Bennington
This presentation will address women & substance use and the effects on their children and families.   A panel of professionals will offer information on children who are exposed to substances, what to look for with their care, and the possible long lasting developmental effects. Participants will leave this session with a better understanding of women and substance use and the challenges they face.  They will also have increased knowledge of the effects of substances on children and possible long term developmental effects. There will be a time for questions and answers.  Advanced Specialized Care Training Credit.  CCECP:  1, 2.  CCAP:  1, 2.  CDA:  2, 3, 4, 8.  ASC.  Each participant will receive a free resource gift and a  light dinner will be provided.  To register for this free professional development event, please use registration form which is included in this newsletter.  SUNRISE/BCCCA.  It is important that you register on or before 11/23 for planning purposes. 



 

DECEMBER 2016

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Monday, December 5th (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.  Please note:  CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1. 

Basic Specialized Care
Mondays, December 5th & 19th, (6 – 9 pm), Old First Church Barn, Monument Circle, 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.  CDA:  2, 3, 4, 6.  SUNRISE/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 three hour sessions.

Heart Saver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, December 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 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.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1. 

CDA Workgroup
Tuesday, December 13th, (6 – 8 pm), School's Out Children's Center, 901 Main St., Bennington
Are you looking for support with obtaining your CDA?  Please join us at this monthly workgroup to receive help compiling your CDA Portfolio, preparing to apply, take your test, and schedule your Review-Observe-Reflect (ROR) visit.  You may contact Brenda Schramm with questions about the CDA or through these workgroups, Brenda Schramm:  baschramm@comcast.net or 802-379-7267.  To register, please use registration form which is included in this newsletter.  SUNRISE/BCCCA.  Please note:  There are no CDA Workgoups scheduled beyond this month.

Sunrise/BCCCA Office Closed: 
Monday, December 26th in Observance of the Christmas Holiday.

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

Advanced Specialize Care (ASC)

These sessions offer Advanced Specialized Care training credit

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



Annual Professional Development Requirements

Vermont
Child Care Licensing • Child Development Division
(802) 241-0837 • (800) 649-2642 • http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/laws-regs

 

NEW, as of September 1, 2016

Registered & Licensed Family Child Care Homes AND Center Based Child Care & Preschool Programs: The family child care provider and staff and all center based and preschool staff shall be actively engaged in professional development activities as specified in their Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) (rule 7.4.2).

All staff, with the exception of FCCH substitutes, shall complete 15 clock hours of annual professional development activities (rule 7.4.4). Training in CPR and First Aid shall not count towards annual professional development requirements in the rule 7.4.4 (rule 7.4.7). (Child Care Licensing Regulations:Registered and Licensed Family Child Care Homes, p. 90; Child Care Licensing Regulations: Center Based Child Care and Preschool Programs, pp. 92-93)

NEW, as of January 1, 2016

Afterschool Child Care Programs: All staff must be provided with annual opportunities for professional development consistent with each person's Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) (rule 5.26).

Program administrator and site director shall annually complete a minimum of 12 clock hours of annual professional development activities (rule 5.28). New or returning afterschool child care program staff shall complete a minimum of 8 hours of annual professional development activities (rule 5.29); at least 2 of these 8 hours shall focus on skills and competencies related to the ages or developmental stages of the children in the staff member's group (rule 5.31). New or returning afterschool aides shall complete a minimum of 4 hours of annual professional development activities (rule 5.29). The Division may determine whether additional training is needed in order to achieve compliance with the regulations (rule 5.36). (Child Care Licensing Regulations: Afterschool Child Care Programs, pp. 22-23)

Information on additional VT training/professional development requirements can be found in the setting-appropriate VT Child Care Licensing Regulations at http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/laws-regs.

 

Family Child Care Homes

Center Based & Preschool Programs

Afterschool Programs

CDD Child Care Rules Training

(1.3.3) p. 1

(1.3.4) p. 2

 

Child Abuse & Neglect

LIC ONLY (3.2.4) p. 28

(3.3.5) p. 30

(4.14) p. 17

Emergency Preparedness

(3.6.3) p. 33

(3.7.3) p. 36

(5.33) p. 23

Medication Administration

(5.6.2) p. 44

(5.6.2) p. 48

 

First Aid & CPR

(7.1.2) p. 84

(7.1.2) p. 85

(5.33, 5.34) p. 23

Orientation

(7.1.3) pp. 84-85

(7.1.3) p. 86

(5.25) p. 22

 


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.

 

Did you know that you can become an even greater resource to families by becoming a Specialized Child Care Program?

In addition to preparing you to more effectively serve children with unique needs, the benefits for your program are many:

  • Eligibility for specific grants and priority for other grants
  • Specialized Care program status is a component of recognition in the Vermont quality and recognition program, STARS
  • Enhance professional partnerships in the community
  • Targeted outreach for special services such as literacy programs

Specialized care programs are eligible to receive an enhanced payment (7%) from the Child Development Division for care provided to children whose parents receive child care financial assistance (subsidy) under a specialized service need.

Please contact Lori Yunger, CIS Child Care Coordinator at Sunrise Family Resource Center for more information about becoming a Specialized Child Care Program:  (802) 442-0059 ext. 159 or lyunger@sunrisepcc.com.


News from the

You are invited to attend this local upcoming Bennington County Candidates Forum, Bennington Building Bright Futures Regional Council to be held on Wednesday, October 12th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The forum will be held in the Community Room at the Vermont Department of Health at 324 Main Street in Bennington. Please contact Robin Stromgren at rstromgren@buildingbrightfutures.org to let her you know you would like to join the group.  A light lunch is served.

Mark your calendars to join hundreds of early childhood professionals, parents, employers and policymakers gathered at the 23rd annual Early Childhood Day at the Legislature on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Details on this networking, education and advocacy day at the State House and Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier are forthcoming.

Apply to CDD for a "Mock Licensing Compliance Visit"
[Information from Vermont’s Child Development Division (CDD)]
CDD is requesting applications for center-based child care and preschool programs and registered and licensed family child care homes to participate in mock compliance visits in October and November. The intent of these sessions will be to learn the new rules together, in a real environment. These sessions will not be actual compliance visits, and would not result in official licensing determinations. Rather, this is an opportunity for programs and licensing staff to explore the practical implications of the new rules in real time, on site. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mock_visit_app to apply for consideration by October 15th.


PROVIDER RESOURCES

Shared Services Website:  Shared Services Vermont is Vermont’s Early Childhood Resource website.  If your regulated early care and education program participates in the Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS), your program and all staff members are eligible for access to www.SharedServicesVT.org at no cost through December 2016.

Vermont Children’s Integrated Services BLOG:  This blog is chock full of the latest state updates, job openings, resources and additional professional development opportunities.  You can subscribe to the blog and get the new articles sent directly to your inbox!  http://cisvt.ordpress.com

Child Development Division (CDD) BLOG:  If you want to stay on top of the latest news from CDD, this is the place to get that information!  It has information about child care regulations, general updates from CDD and much more.  Access the blog through the Department for Children and Families website at www.dcf.vermont.gov/cdd-blog.

Awesome Websites for Kids (and Grown-Ups Too):  Free games focused on scientific discovery.  Dragon Architect is similar to Minecraft in appearance and scope:  centerforgamescience.org.    Approachable, factual articles on topics ranging from infant development, to study skills, to nutritious recipes for teens.  A boon to both kids, parents, and providers:  kidshealth.org

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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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