Connecting
The Newsletter of the Bennington County Child Care Association

April – May – June 2015


Professional Development Update

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
& CALENDAR OF EVENTS
April – May – June 2015


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

  • Registration form is required for all BCCCA sessions.
         * Please click here for a registration form
         * Click here for scholarship application
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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.



APRIL 2015

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Thursday, April 9th (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 informationplease 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.

Northshire Day School’s 3rd Annual Wellness Day!
Saturday, April 18th (10 am – 12 pm), Northshire Day School, 5484 Main St., Manchester Center
This free Wellness Day which is open to the public is to provide children and families information pertaining to wellness.  Planned activities include:  bounce house, face painting, yoga with Alexandra Langstaff at 10:30 am, smoothie table, information pertaining to WIC, breast feeding, immunizations, the Family Meal, The Collaborative and much more!

Licensing Session for Registered Home Providers:  Questions, Explanations, and Common Violations – Oh My!
Monday, April 20th (6 – 8 pm), The Old First Church Carriage Barn, Monument Circle, Old Bennington
Early care and education providers are invited to this evening session where there will be an opportunity to ask regulatory questions in a comfortable setting with other registered home providers.  Elaine Crawford, Licenser for Bennington County will be answering provider questions and discussing common regulatory issues in home settings.  Come share and learn best strategies and successful steps providers can take to stay in compliance.  CCECP:  5.  CCAP:  5.  CDA:  5, 6.  AA.  BCCCA.

Regular Monthly Southshire Starting Points Network Meeting
Wednesday, April 22nd (6 – 8 pm), Anna Harwrood’s Registered Child Care Home, 115 Monument Ave., Bennington
The Southshire Starting Points 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, abdeery@comcast.net, (802) 442-4419, or (802) 440-2792. The group gets together for support, professional development opportunities and wellness events.  


Art as Discovery for the Young Child
Wednesday, April 22nd (6 – 8 pm), The Old First Church Carriage Barn, Monument Circle, Old Bennington 
Ann Moore and John Cipora of Springfield College will lead a discussion on how to support an open-ended approach to art with young children. Participants will explore the benefits and the value of this approach, and they will be provided with handouts from research about the benefits of creative exploration. The group will have the opportunity to participate in two hands-on activities using art-making materials.  CCECP:  1, 3.  CCAP:  1, 3.  CDA:  2, 8.  AA.  BCCCA.

Structure and Clear Limits for Schoolagers
Thursday, April 23rd (6 – 8 pm), Happy Days Playschool, 426 East Arlington Rd., Arlington
This free session is being sponsored by the Vermont School Age Network and will be facilitated by Melissa Cain. How do you prevent chaos in a youth environment without stifling youth's positive energy? Youth need structure and clear limits in order to feel safe.  This interactive workshop helps participants analyze the level of structure in their programs and practice identifying and maintaining clear limits. CCACP:  This session is for programs offering school-age care.  CCAP:  1, 3, 4.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 7, 8.  Sign up at Happy Days, 375-6039.  No fee

 



MAY 2015

Spring Training Event
Saturday, May 2nd (9:30 am – 3 pm), Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro
Vermont Afterschool is trying something new!  They are offering two Saturday training events this spring to support quality improvements for both program practice and youth engagement.  The goal is to inspire site directors and staff with “ready-to-implement” programs and practical techniques to improve afterschool practices or launch  a new program path.  Accelerated, quality instruction.  Low cost training at $30/person with plenty of “take-aways.”  Lunch is included.  Registration deadline is April 27th.  For more information please visit:  http://www.vermontafterschool.org/training/spring_workshops  

Strengthening Families:  Strengthen Parents – Module 5
Monday, May 4th, (6 – 9 pm), First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street, Bennington
Positive relationships with parents are the foundation of program efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect.  Many parents have definite ideas about parenting and want support and validation from their child care providers; others look to their child care centers as the “experts” on child rearing practices, and they want to learn from the providers the best ways to teach and to discipline their children.  This session will help us, as providers, to identify with the parents and help them in their ongoing efforts to be confident and caring towards their children.  The activities in this module will help us learn how to provide parents with important information on discipline, how to create an open atmosphere so parents feel safe asking for information and help and how to strengthen and support the parenting skills of our families.  CCECP:  1, 2, 5.  CCAP:  1, 2, 5.  CDA:  2, 3, 4, 6.  This session offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours.  BCCCA.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, May 4th (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.

Including Children with Special Needs in Your Registered Child Care Home:  Resources & Practices
Wednesday, May 6th (6 – 9 pm), SVSU Early Education Program at 233 Division Street, Bennington
Participants will have the opportunity to learn and explore what it means to welcome a child with special needs into their child care home; who can help; the roles and responsibilities of team members; and practices and materials that will lead to success.  This session will be facilitated by Jennifer Clarkson-Smith, Early Childhood Special Educator, SVSU and Brenda Schramm, Vermont Birth to Three Mentor.  CCECP:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  CCAP:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8. AA.  This session offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours.  BCCCA.   There is no fee to attend this session.  It is being co-sponsored by the Sourthshire Staring Points Network.  Light refreshments will be served.

Let’s Grow Kids SPEAKERS BUREAU
Thursday, May 7th (9 am – 3 pm), Community Room, VT Dept. of Health, 324 Main St., Bennington
Let’s Grow Kids is a statewide campaign working with VT communities, organizations, businesses and individuals to create positive lasting change that will allow all of our children to succeed in life.  By joining the Speakers Bureau, you can help us educate Vermonters about the importance of positive experiences in the first years of life.  Sign up for a training online at www.letsgrowkids.org under the Take Action tab.  Questions?  Contact Kelly Ault at kelly@vteca.org or 802.272.0795.

PROVIDER APPRECIATION DINNER!:  Celebrating Bennington County Early Childhood Professionals!
Friday, May 8th, (6:00 – 7:30 pm), Bennington Lodge of Elks, 125 Washington Ave., Bennington
Schedule for the evening:  6 to 6:15 – Arrive and hors d’oeuvres.  6:15 – Provider  Recognition followed by dinner and door prizes. 
Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere. Started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey, Provider Appreciation Day is appropriately celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother's Day. The founding organizers saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children.  The Bennington County Child Care Association Board of Directors invites all area early care and afterschool professionals 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! 

Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR 
Monday, May 11th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This course is a video based, instructor led 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.

Medication Administration in Early Care and Education Settings
Wednesday, May 20th (6 – 9 pm) Home Away From Home, 108 Equinox Terrace, Manchester (behind Shaw's)
Participants will learn how to identify different types of medication, why medication is given, and how it is given.  How to improve medication storage, preparation, and administration techniques will be discussed.  Supporting good documentation of medication administration and how to recognize and respond to adverse reactions to medication will be covered.  We will learn how to develop and implement appropriate policies about medication administration.  The course consists of both on-line and in person modules.  The on-line modules will take approximately two hours.  You need to complete the on-line modules and bring your certificate with you in order to attend the in- person workshop.  After completion of both on-line and face-to-face learning, you will receive a professional development certificate for five hours of training credit.  CCECP:  2, 4.  CCAP:  2, 4.  CDA:  1, 5.  A.  AA.  Presented by Nancy Coleman, RN, BSN, M Ed.    A light meal will be provided by the Northshire Starting Points Network. Please find the on-line modules on the Northern Lights Career Development Center website at the following link:  http://northernlightscdc.org/training/state-wide-curricula/medication-administration-module/

The on-Line modules must be completed in advance of the 5/20 face-to-face session.  Please do not wait until the last minute to do the modules as they take a couple hours to complete.  You must bring your certificates of completion with you in order to receive your documentation of professional development.

To sign up for this free training please contact Alyson Grzyb, alyruby@gmail.com or at 447-1093. 

Teachable Moments for Schoolagers
Wednesday, May 20th (6 – 8 pm), Happy Days Playschool, 426 East Arlington Rd., Arlington
This interactive workshop offers a variety of innovative reflection tools and experiential learning approaches to dramatically improve your ability to turn teachable moments into profound personal insights and lasting lessons.  This free session is for programs offering school-age care and is being sponsored by the Vermont School Age Network.  CCAP:  1, 3, 4.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 7, 8.  Sign up at Happy Days, 375-6039.  No fee. 


Sunrise/BCCCA Office will be Closed on Monday, May 25th in Observance of Memorial Day

“America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.”  -Paul Tsongas

The Brain Science of PLAY
Wednesday, May 27th (6 – 7:30 pm), School’s Out Children’s Center, 901 Main St., Bennington
Play connections in the early years lay the foundation for life.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn how play relates to three important developmental skills:  memory, behavior control and mental flexibility.  Play is often described as children’s “work.” Join in the fun to learn why play is vital for children’s learning and development and gain new strategies to support these skills in children birth to 5 years. This is a free workshop for parents & providers!   Presented by Puppets in Education including Kids on the Block-VT and Friend 2 Friend Programs-VT.  CCECP:  1, 3.  CDA:  2, 3, 8.  I.  P.  This session is sponsored by Bennington County Child Advocacy Center.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Please contact Joy Kitchell at bccac.joykitchell@gmail.com for more information or to register.

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.


JUNE 2015

Strengthening Families:  Link Families to Services & Opportunities – Module 6
Monday, June 1st, (6 – 9 pm), First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street, Bennington
Early care and education programs—child care programs—are uniquely suited to be able to help families identify and reach their goals, because the providers and families see each other on a regular basis, sometimes every day.  Staff members at child care programs are in a good position to help families identify and access services they may need to help them meet their social, psychological, economic and career goals. (Strengthening Families Guidebook)

This session will help us to learn how to help families to identify their goals and how we can help them reach their goals.
CCECP:  2, 5.  CCAP:  2, 5.  CDA:  4, 7.  This session offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours.  BCCCA.

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Monday, June 1st (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, June 8th (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.

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

Mondays, June 15th and 29th, 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 three hour sessions.

 



JULY 2015

Sunrise/BCCCA Office will be Closed on Friday, July 3rd in Observance of Independence Day
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”           —  Thomas Jefferson

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, July 6th (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.

Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR 
Monday, July 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 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.


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           

BCCCA Sessions:  BCCCA

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



FOCUSED PORTFOLIO is a great way for early childhood professionals to use that CDA or other collected experience and training in early childhood education, to get a jump start on college credits. This is a one credit course (takes one month) that is a mini version of Assessment of Prior Learning - in one topic area. The course prepares you to submit a portfolio to request up to 16 college credits which Registrars at each VT state college (not UVM) can recognize. This is a great start toward an Associate Degree in early childhood education. This summer it is being offered twice: once face-to-face in Montpelier and once on line. If you have a group of students, you can also request the office of external programs at CCV to host a class just for your area. Gabrielle Dietzel  is the director and may be contacted for more information:  Gabrielle.Dietzel@ccv.edu

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

Directors Starting Points Network
Facilitators:  Carol Barbierri, (802) 375-6039, or happydayscarol10@comcast.net; and Cinda Morse, (802) 823-7839, or oakhillcindam@comcast.net. This group traditionally meets the fourth Thursday of each month. The locations rotate.

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, abdeery@comcast.net or (802) 442-4419, (802) 440-2792. This group traditionally meets the third Wednesday of each month.

 

The VT Agency of Education (AOE), in collaboration with the Child Development Division (CCD), would appreciate your feedback on DRAFT THREE of the VERMONT EARLY LEARNING STANDARDS (VELS)! 
http://education.vermont.gov/early-education/early-learning-standards
Please provide specific recommendations for any edits, additions and/or omissions you may have. And, we respectfully ask that your refrain from wordsmithing, thank you.  It would be helpful to VELS’s Revision Committee if your comments included the following:
 
  • Section and Page #
  • Narrative and/or
  • Domain
  • Element
  • Indicator

COMMENT CLOSING DATE Midnight, Sunday, April 12th.
Please submit written comments via email to Shirley Rawson at Shirley.rawson@state.vt.us  

Thank you for taking the time to review and submit comment on 
DRAFT THREE of the VELS!                          
                                                         – VELS Revision Committee

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Spotlight on Quality 2015

The Vermont Birth to Three Spotlight on Quality Program is intended to drive and support sustainable quality and growth within home-based child care programs.

Eligibility: Licensed or Registered HOME-BASED providers (not Centers) with a 1-5 star rating at the time of application submission.

The STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) is Vermont's child care quality rating system.

Providers not currently in STARS will have the opportunity to receive a Spotlight on Quality incentive, if their enrollment in STARS is approved prior to October 31st

1 STAR   –  $100 gift certificate to Lakeshore Learning
2 STARS –  $200 gift certificate to Lakeshore Learning
3 STARS –  $300 gift certificate to Lakeshore Learning
4 STARS –  $400 gift certificate to Lakeshore Learning
5 STARS –  $500 gift certificate to Lakeshore Learning

ONLY ONE APPLICATION ACCEPTED IN THE 2015 CALENDAR YEAR

There will be two application opportunities:

April 1-30, 2015 (if approved, gift card will be delivered in May)
October 1- 31, 2015 (if approved, gift card will be delivered in
       November)

Visit our website in April or October to apply: www.VermontBirthToThree.org

Questions?  Please contact VB3 Mentor Brenda Schramm at baschramm@vermontbirthtothree.org or 802-379-7267.

Vermont Birth to Three is an initiative supported by the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, the A.D. Henderson Foundatioin, and the Turrell Fund.

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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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COMMON LEVEL CERTIFICATE BONUS QUESTION

PROVIDER QUESTION: I just submitted my level application to Northern Lights but in my BFIS Credential account under CREDENTIALS it says: “No bonus.”  Why?
                                   
ANSWER: The BFIS Credential account automatically says "no" in the bonus column, when Northern Lights enters information into your credentials. When the Child Development Division reviews and determines if you get a Recognition Bonus, they will change it to "yes" if you are eligible. (Remember: CDD determines and issues the bonus, not Northern Lights). The bonus is often processed AFTER you get your Level certificate in the mail. 

Please see more important information below!


GRANTS & BONUSES FROM THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT DIVISION! 

As many child care providers know, the CDD offers several grants and bonuses to support and recognize professional development and program quality.  Grants are available for college tuition assistance, CDA assessment fees, and the Agency of Education Teacher Licensure Peer Review fee.  Bonuses are available for Northern Lights Level Certificate achievements, Program Director and Afterschool credentials.   All bonuses and grants are for accomplishments, courses etc.  that have occurred within two years of the application being submitted to the CDD.  For more information on the available grants and bonuses go to: http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/grants It is important to use the forms currently on the website as they are kept up to date.  If you have any questions about grants or bonuses, contact Lynne Robbins at Lynne.Robbins@state.vt.us  or (800) 649-2642.

For questions about CDD bonuses please contact:
                        Lynne Robbins
                        Early Childhood and Afterschool Systems Specialist
                        Statewide Systems and Community Collaborations Unit
                        DCF Child Development Division
                        103 South Main Street, 2 North
                        Waterbury, VT  05671-5500
                        802.769.6422  or 800.649.2642


CDD LEVEL CERTIFICATE  BONUSES

The Child Development Division (CDD) offers recognition bonuses to individuals who also have earned a career ladder Level Certificate(s). An individual applies for a level certificate by submitting completed documentation and an application to Northern Lights Career Development Center; applications are found at http://northernlightscdc.org/resources/applications/. Northern Lights staff determines whether the criteria for the Level certificate have been met. Once the level certificate is awarded, Northern Lights enters this information into the individual's BFIS credential account, and the certificate is visible to the applicant. BFIS automatically defaults to indicate "no" bonus once the certificate is entered although this does not necessarily mean the individual will not get a bonus. (This default setting does not change, even after a bonus is awarded.) The application and certificate is then forwarded to the Child Development Division for review to see if the criteria for a recognition bonus have been met. The criteria for the recognition bonus are listed in each Northern Lights application. If the Child Development Division determines the individual is eligible for a recognition bonus, the bonus will be processed.

The time frame for this entire process varies depending on the completeness of the application and the CDD payment process, which can take 4-8 weeks after a certificate is issued. If someone applying for a Level Certificate has reviewed the criteria for a bonus and feels that they meet the criteria, they can complete the W9 form and submit it with their level application and Northern Lights will forward it with the certificate and application to the CDD. The W9 form can be found
at: http://dcf.vermont.gov/sites/dcf/files/pdf/cdd/grants/irsw9form.pdf.  If you have any questions, please contact:

                        Nancy Sugarman
                        Director Northern Lights Career Development Center
                        nancy.sugarman@ccv.edu      website: http://northernlightscdc.org
                        802.828.2876
                        PO Box 489; Montpelier VT  05601
                        FAX: 802-828-2805 - attn. Northern Lights

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Approved Changes Affecting Northern Lights Early Childhood Career Ladder

Did you work in regulated child care while you were in your Tech Center human services program in high school?   Do you work in a Montessori or Waldorf Accredited program now?

If you answered yes to either question, then these changes in the Early Childhood Career Ladder may impact you. The Professional Preparation and Development Committee approved changes affecting Northern Lights Early Childhood Career Ladder, as of the beginning of February 2015.

Find the details under the Early Childhood Career Ladder on this page of the Vermont Northern Lights website.

HERE ARE THE BASICS:

Technical Center students:
Allows high school graduates who have completed VT Technical Center human service/ early childhood programs to use their supervised and documented experience with children in regulated early education programs, to count toward meeting the Level I (or higher) Career Ladder certificate experience requirement. Currently Level I Career Ladder requires one year of full or part time experience working in a regulated program with children ages birth to eight; Level II and higher requires two years of experience.

Waldorf or Montessori training certification from accredited institutions:
Recognizes teachers who have successfully completed MACTE accredited Montessori or WECAN accredited Waldorf early childhood teacher programs, who are also a) currently working in accredited Montessori or Waldorf program (respectively) and b) have an unrelated* degree from an accredited higher education institution.

These certifications may be recognized as meeting the education requirement of the Early Childhood Career Ladder as if they were credits toward an early childhood major. Actual number of approved credits toward the major will be determined by Northern Lights, based on documented academic and practicum hours. These credits will be recognized only as part of application for a Career Ladder Certificate from Northern Lights Career Development Center.

* a degree that is NOT in early childhood, family and child studies, elementary education, or early childhood special education.

Nancy Sugarman
Director, Northern Lights Career Development Center
Website: http://northernlightscdc.org

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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.

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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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