Connecting
The Newsletter of the Bennington County Child Care Association

July, August, September 2014


Professional Development Update

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Supporting Families: Building Hope!

The 27th Annual Conference
of the
Bennington County Child Care Association (BCCCA) & Partners

Saturday, November 1, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, October 20, 2014

< click here for conference brochure >

 

   

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
& CALENDAR OF EVENTS
July
AugustSeptember 2014


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

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

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


Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park & Recreation Month.
The 2014 theme:  OUT is IN.  This year the focus is on setting trends instead of following them. Make 2014 the year you go outside, change your outlook, and get involved in your community through parks and recreation.
 



JULY 2014

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

Independence Day!
Friday, July 4th
Sunrise/BCCCA Offices will be closed in observance of this holiday.  Happy Fourth of July!!

 

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, July 7th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This class is intended for those involved in child care that have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements such as child care workers, teachers, foster care workers, camp counselors, youth organizations, and coaches for children's sports organizations.  It teaches how to manage illness and injuries in a child in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.  Topics include First Aid Basics, Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies and Environmental Emergencies.  Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Richard Scheffler and mail it to Richard 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.

Annual BCCCA Conference Committee Meeting
Tuesday, July 8th (5:45 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
You are invited to participate in the planning of this year’s annual BCCCA conference to be held at MAUMS on Saturday, November 1st.  You might ask, “What is the overall commitment of this committee?”  The commitment, which is a great way to help you achieve points in your STARS Arena specific to Community Involvement is as follows:  a few face-to-face committee meetings, regular contact with other committee members via phone and/or email, tasks as designated at meetings, and attendance at the conference to help the day run smoothly.  Part of what makes this committee a great success is having people get on board from the beginning and remaining active throughout the planning time and at the day of the conference.  We hope you can join in this exciting and fun opportunity!  Please bring your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the theme, keynote, presenters or topics to be addressed.  Light refreshments will be offered.  Please RSVP to Lori P. at lorip@sunrisepcc.com or (802) 447-6936 to let us know you will be in attendance.

Introduction to the New CDA 2.0
July 9th (6 – 8 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
Are you interested in getting your CDA?  Come to this introduction/information meeting to find out what you need to do and how you can do it!  Elise Anton, CCV instructor and CDA mentor for over 10 years, will offer this informal workshop to help get people started on the road to their CDA credential.  The requirements for getting your CDA changed on June 1st, 2013, so you will learn the latest updates.  BCCCA will be offering a 5-session CDA Support Workshop in the fall.  Bring documentation of ALL your past professional development if possible (not required), and your questions.  Directors welcome as well to learn about CDA 2.0.  CC:  5.  CDA:  6.  AA.  BCCCA.

Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR
Monday, July 14th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This course is a video based, instructor lead course that teaches participants critical life-saving skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until medical services arrive. Topics covered in this course include: Infant and Child CPR and Choking. Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Nicole Bushika and mail it to Nicole 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.

Licensing Session:  Questions, Explanations, and Common Violations – Oh My!
Thursday, July 17th (6 – 8 pm), North Bennington Head Start Cottage, 2 Park Street, North Bennington (cottage in the play yard)
Join this conversation with our Child Development Division Licensing Field Specialist Elaine Crawford to hear a brief update on the Child Care Licensing Regulation Revision Project and learn about commonly cited violations.  We’ll share an open discussion about any regulation questions and share compliance strategies to assist each other!   CCECP:  5.  CCAP:  5.  CDA:  5, 6.  AA.  BCCCA.

Shared Services Dinner Meeting!  You’re Invited!
Wed., July 23rd (6 – 8 pm) Bennington Early Childhood Center, 1506 Harwood Hill, Bennington
Vermont Birth to Three (VB3) will be supporting the development of 4 regional shared services networks and Bennington has been identified as one of these regions!  This means that VB3 will be funding memberships and website access for an introductory period of time for area early care and education programs! 

Please be sure to fill out the survey (one per program) and return it to Sharron Harrington at BCCCA by July 6th.  If you have already completed the survey (either via email or at the meeting on 5/29), please do not complete another form – it is important that we receive only one survey per program. (Click here for the survey form.) The results of the surveys will help to shape the discussion on July 23rd and guide our plan in moving forward with this exciting opportunity which will lead to shared services benefits for our community’s early childhood programs and staff.  To date, some of the ideas on shared services include:  discounts on fuel oil, group insurance plans, bulk ordering of supplies, shared substitutes and much more!  The more programs participating, the greater the savings for everyone!

Please join us at this dinner meeting to help decide where you would like our shared services road to lead!  Please register for this free meeting on the enclosed BCCCA registration form.

Learn it Online!
Monday, July 28th (6 – 8 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
What is online learning and how is it different from learning face to face? How can online learning "count" for your annual training requirements? Is all online learning the same, and how can you find what you want? Come and peek inside several non-credit online learning modules and discover how to find and use approved online training to support your professional development in Vermont. Learn to identify quality, and to select online training that is right for you. No computer experience required, but curiosity is a must!  CC:  5.  CCAP:  5.  CDA:  5, 6.  AA.  BCCCA.

Sticks, Strings, and Juggling Things
Thursday, July 31st (6 – 8 pm), Northshire Day School, 5484 Main Street, Manchester
You don’t need to be an expert juggler to lead your group of youth in the circus arts. Participants will learn the basic maneuvers of juggling sticks, diabolos and yo-yo’s along with tips on teaching these skills. With a little practice, an afterschool staff can gain enough skill to motivate kids to give it a try themselves. With encouragement and patience, Circus Arts gets kids up and moving, having fun, and learning perseverance – great indoors in winter and as a family engagement activity.  Session will be facilitated by Vermont Afterschool instructor Shannon LaRose.  CCECP:3.  CCAP:  1, 3.  CDA:  2, 8.  Focus is After School with some information/activities that can be used with Preschoolers.  Sponsored by Vermont Afterschool and BCCCA.Click here for more program details.
Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the need for improving national immunization coverage levels. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. Attend the September 24th session, “Vermont’s Immunization Laws:  A Session for Early Care & Education Programs!” to learn more about keeping Vermont’s children healthy.

 



AUGUST 2014

 
MUSIC & STORY HOUR FOR BABIES, TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS

Tuesdays throughout the summer months at the Green Mountain Birth Connections, 198 North Street in Bennington.  Classes are 10-11 a.m.  Come and explore a wide array of fun instruments and sing songs and stories led by local music teacher Mary Migliozzi Chambers.  Suggested $2-5 donation per class.  Please email Laurel at bigbellywellness@gmail.com for more information or with questions.
 

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Monday, August 4th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
Richard Scheffler of the Bennington Rescue Squad will offer this CPR certification class to early care and education providers.  Please make $25 registration fee payable to Richard Scheffler and mail it to Richard at  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. 

Exploring Cultures Through Games
Thursday, August 7th (6 – 8 pm), Bennington Early Childhood Center, 1506 Harwood Hill, Bennington
Multi-cultural games are a perfect entry point to understanding a culture different from one’s own. Games often shed light on a culture’s values and lifestyle,e teaching children important skills beyond taking turns and fair play. Educating children though games underscores the desire kids have all over the world to play, laugh and have fun! In this workshop you will participate in active games from other cultures that you can take back to your school-age programs.  Session will be facilitated by Vermont Afterschool instructor Rhonda Drake.  CCECP:3.  CCAP:  1, 3.  CDA:  2, 8.  Focus is After School with some information/activities that can be used with Preschoolers.  Sponsored by Vermont Afterschool and BCCCAClick here for more program details.

Heart Saver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, August 11th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This course is a video based, instructor lead course that teaches participants critical life-saving skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until services arrive.  Topics covered in this course are:   First Aid Basics, Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies and Environmental Emergencies.  Please make $25 registration fee payable to Nicole Bushika and mail it to Nicole 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:  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
Wednesdays, August 13th & 20th, (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 Health Needs attend this series one time.  CC:  1, 2, 3.  CDA:  2, 3, 4, 6.  B.  AA.  BCCCAThis training is included in the Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals; participants who have attended the Fundamentals course or who have attended this session in the past will not receive training credit.  A light meal will be provided.

Bennington Battle Day!
Friday, August 15th
Sunrise/BCCCA Offices will be closed in observance of this holiday.

Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 25. See details below.

 



Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

SEPTEMBER 2014

Happy Labor Day!
Monday, September 1st
Sunrise/BCCCA Offices will be closed in observance of this holiday.

Readsboro Preschool, Inc. Celebrates 10th Year on Tunnel Street!
Saturday, September 6th (10 am – 2 pm), Lion’s Park, Route 100, Readsboro, Vermont
Join in the celebration:  Adult & Child Bingo with Prizes, Art Display, Children’s Games & Crafts, Concession Stand and Much More!

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, September 8th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This class is intended for those involved in child care that have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements such as child care workers, teachers, foster care workers, camp counselors, youth organizations, and coaches for children's sports organizations.  It teaches how to manage illness and injuries in a child in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.  Topics include First Aid Basics, Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies and Environmental Emergencies.  Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Richard Scheffler and mail it to Richard Scheffler:  742 Main Street, Bennington 05201, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.   For more information please contact Richard at rscheffler47@hotmail.com or (802) 379-5383.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.  AA.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals
Tuesdays, September 9th – December 16th, (6 – 9 pm),  Bennington Early Childhood Center, 1506 Harwood Hill, Bennington
This 45 hour courseintroduces early childhood professionals working with young children and their families to skills and core knowledge areas including child development, teaching and learning, families and communities, healthy & safe learning environments, and professionalism & program organization.

  • The course meets the child care licensing requirement for new staff of child care centers that do not yet have education or experience in child care.
  • It contributes 45 hours of Child Development Associate (CDA) training hours, across the 8 required subject areas.
  • It meets the education requirement to obtain a Northern Lights Level I certificate.
  • Is a great foundation and reinforcement for any professional working with groups of young children.
  • Students who complete the Fundamentals course and become a student at the Community College of Vermont (CCV), may use the Course Challenge process to apply for college credit for the course.

The registration fee for this course, which is being offered through BCCCA, is $75.  Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 25th.

CDA Support Workshop Series
Thursdays, 9/11, 10/2, 10/23, 11/13, and 12/4 (6 – 8 pm), Location will be determined based on class enrollment
If you have close to the required 120 hours of training that you can document and 480 hours working with the age group for which you will be applying for your CDA (Infant/Toddler, Preschool, or Family Child Care), this workshop series will help you prepare your Professional Portfolio.  Participants should order an application packet from the CDA Council at www.cdacouncil.org ahead of time, and should plan to attend all 5 workshops.  This series will be facilitated by Elise Anton.  CCECP:  5.  CCAP:  5.  AA.  BCCCA.

Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR
Monday, September 15th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This course is a video based, instructor lead course that teaches participants critical life-saving skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until medical services arrive. Topics covered in this course include: Infant and Child CPR and Choking. Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Nicole Bushika and mail it to Nicole Bushika:  P.O. Box 203, Pownal, VT  05261, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.  For more information, please contact Nicole at:  nbushika@yahoo.com or (802) 949-7121.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.   AA.  Please note:  CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

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

 
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

READY   -   Prepare.   Plan.   Stay Informed.

For more information and resources see:  www.ready.gov
                                               
Recommended Basic Disaster Supply Kit

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Please watch future newsletters for an opportunity to learn how you can best prepare for the most common disasters in your community.

    Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Art for A Year on a Budget:  Planning Open-Ended Art Activities for Children in Your Care
Wednesday, September 17th (6 – 8 pm), Farmhouse Nursery School in the Old 1st Church Barn on Monument Circle, Bennington
Early childhood professionals have the unique challenge of providing art experiences in a setting where time, materials and space are hard to come by.  At this workshop we will explore art techniques as well as storage solutions and tips on what materials to buy and where to buy them.  Participants will learn what activities are appropriate for toddlers and pre-schoolers as well as some fundamentals of the developmental stages of artistic growth.  -  There will be a limited number of kits available for purchase which will include the necessary basic materials to implement an art curriculum for 6-8 children.  The cost of the kits will be between $50-$70 (payment and pick-up the night of the session).  Limit of 2 people per program for this session.  Please register early as space is limited! -The workshop will be taught by Carol Newell, Bennington County instructor for VSA Vermont, Start With  The Arts program, and past owner, director, teacher at Farmhouse Nursery School.  CCECP:  1, 3.  CDA:  2, 8.  I, P.  BCCCA.  PLEASE BRING OR WEAR SOCKS AS WE WILL BE USING FARMHOUSE CLASSROOM SPACE. 

Vermont’s Immunization Laws:  This Session is for Early Care & Education Programs!
Wednesday September 24th (6 – 8 pm), Vermont Dept. of Health Conference Room, 324 Main St., Bennington (Side Entrance)
Vermont law requires that children are up-to-date on their immunizations.  Licensed and registered early care and education providers are part of a broad-scale effort to protect the health of Vermont’s children by making sure that young children are vaccinated against serious diseases. Vaccine requirements are in effect, and child care providers are required to submit a brief annual report on the overall immunization status of children in their care.  Information will include a brief online survey. In this session Barbara Kruml RN, a Vermont Dept. of Health Public Health Nurse will inform you of the vaccine requirements, how to collect information, document immunization status, and file an annual report.  CCECP:  1, 2, 4, 5.  CCAP:  1, 2, 4, 5.  CDA:  1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8.  AA.  BCCCA.



OCTOBER 2014

Strengthening Families through Child Care/Early Education:  A Comprehensive Approach
Wednesday, October 1st, (6 – 9 pm), First Baptist Church, 601 Main St., Bennington
Strengthening Families is a framework developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy over the last decade to prevent child abuse and neglect. The training is designed to help child care programs work with parents to develop their understanding of, and ability to, support the following protective factors: parental resilience; social connections; concrete support in times of need; knowledge of parenting and child development; social and emotional competence of children. The Strengthening Families framework is highly recommended for all Specialized Child Care Providers, and is also a component of our Vermont STARS program (under Families and Communities).  This session will provide an overview of the importance and benefits of meaningful partnerships with families and the role that Strengthening Families can play in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Over the next year, seven additional modules will be presented covering the following knowledge areas:  Physical & Intellectual Development, Social/Emotional Development, and Families & Communities.  It is strongly recommended that participants attend all subsequent sessions ensuring a full understanding of the state-wide initiative encouraging all child care providers to adopt the Strengthening Families Approach. Advanced Specialized Care.  CCECP:  1, 2, 4.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 4, 8.  Focus on infant through preschool.  BCCCA.   Facilitators:  Sharron Harrington and Brenda Schramm

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Monday, October 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, October 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.

2014 VAEYC Fall Conference
Thursday-Sunday, October 23-25 at UVM’s Davis Center in Burlington, Vermont
The conference brochure and registration is to go “live” on or before August 15th.  The most affordable conference rates will be during the early bird registration period which will end on September 15th.  Please visit www.vaeyc.org for more information.


SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday, November 1, 2014 will be the date of our Annual BCCCA Conference!



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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

Helpful Information Just for You!

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 Child Care Support Services program) will be automatically entered into your BFIS Quality & Credential Account.
 

 
The Vermont Community Loan Fund’s Project SUCCESS
is a NO COST program designed to assist owners, directors and staff of child care facilities (center and home-based) with a wide range of business skills training for successfully developing, operating, upgrading and/or expanding a child care program in Vermont. 

Project SUCCESS can help you with:  use of Quickbooks, business plans, cash flow assessment & projections, budgeting, parent & employee handbooks, contracts & forms, marketing strategies, financial forms & reports and payroll.  The program can assist you in completing forms/applications for the food program, public preschool collaboration and STARS

The Project SUCCESS Business Development Specialist is available on your schedule and will meet with you at a time (nights & weekends included)  and place that’s convenient for you.  For more information please contact:  Project SUCCESS, c/o Vermont Community Loan Fund, P.O. Box 827, Montpelier, VT  05601; (802) 224-9146; or Success@vclf.org.
 

 

~~ TRAINING REQUIREMENTS ~~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Activity Ideas from Better Kid Care!

 

Go Bird Watching:  Make a bird feeder out of a paper milk or juice carton.  Cut out two opposite side panels and fold down to make a ledge for the birds to rest on.  Let the children decorate the carton.  Put a string through the top to hang.  The bird feeder can be hung from a tree or clothesline near a window.  Let the children add the seeds when necessary.

Make a Megaphone:  A clean, empty bleach contain with the bottom cut off looks exactly like a megaphone.  Tape the cut edge of the container so it won’t be sharp.  The children can practice singing or talking to the “crowd.”

Press Some Flowers:  On a nice day, ask the children to collect some flowers and place them inside a big heavy book or a stack of books.  (To protect the pages of the book, place a napkin or paper towel in the book first.)  After a few weeks the flowers will dry.  The children can make a dried flower picture by gluing the flowers on a piece of paper.

Treasure Hunt:  A treasure hunt can help children follow directions on a map.   This is a game that can be played indoors or outside.  An adult or child hides a treasure and draws a map for the children to follow to get to the treasure.  Have them make various stops along the way to collect extra items.

From the Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences Cooperative Extension.

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Vermont Birth to Three Presents their July STARS Promotion!

This promotion is limited to Bennington & Lamoille AHS Districts and is effective from
July 1st – 31st.  Providers and Programs already in STARS are asked to help with
recruitment!

Eligibility
Bennington Providers/Programs in STARS – email or call Brenda Schramm (baschramm@comcast.net or 802-379-7267) with your name and the name/s* of the Home Based Provider you have recruited to apply for STARS.

Home Based Providers not in STARS
Submit your new STARS application by July 31st.

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*Please check with your Bennington County Vermont Birth to 3 (VB3) Mentor Brenda Schramm to inquire about Providers she is already working with so recruitment efforts are coordinated.
 
Once the STARS application has been approved, the recruiter and the
new applicant will each receive a $50 Gift Certificate:
In Bennington County, choice of Hawkins House or Bennington Bookshop!

*There is no limit to the number of providers that can be recruited by a Provider already in STARS. STARS is a program of the Vermont Department for Children and Families, Child Development Division.  Please visit http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/stars/ for more information.

Fund for Vermont’s Children, the A.D. Henderson Foundation and the Turrell Fund.  Please visit www.vermontbirthtothree.org or  www.facebook.com/VermontBirthtoThree from more information



Let's Grow Kids: Focus on the First Years Campaign

New science tells us that 80% of the brain develops in the first three
years of life and 90% by age five. However, recent research found that many Vermonters are not aware of the significant development that occurs during this period. Let’s Grow Kids aims to close that awareness gap.
 
Funded by a collaboration of private foundations, Let's Grow Kids is working with Vermont communities, organizations, businesses and individuals to raise understanding of the importance of the earliest years in the lives of Vermont's children and create positive, lasting change that will allow all of our children to succeed in life.
 
The Vermont Early Childhood Alliance is excited to partner with Let’s Grow Kids, so get involved today! Please add your name to the following statement and share how you can support the campaign at http://www.letsgrowkids.org. “Like” the campaign on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

I want a society where all children can grow and live to their full potential. Because 80% of a child’s brain develops by age 3, building the foundation for success in life, I believe it’s important we ensure that Vermont’s children have quality early experiences. Therefore, I support efforts to build positive, lasting change that will allow all of our children the opportunity to succeed in life.

                                                                                                            -Thank you for getting involved!

 


Vermont Facts
Vermont Cancer Registry

 

Incidence: Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer diagnosed among men and women. Each year approximately 114 melanoma cases are diagnosed among men and 95 cases among women.

 

Mortality: Each year approximately 15 men and 8 women die from melanoma.

 

Trends: Incidence and mortality rates for melanoma have not changed during 2000-2009.

 

Vermont vs. U.S.: The melanoma incidence rate among Vermont males and females is higher than the U.S., but melanoma mortality is not different.

 

Age: Melanoma affects individuals of all age groups but is one of the most common cancers in adults aged 20 to 49.

 

Stage: In Vermont, 83 percent of melanoma cancers are diagnosed at the localized stage (the cancer is limited to the upper layer of skin), nine percent are diagnosed at the regional stage, and three percent are diagnosed at the distant stage (the cancer has extended beyond the skin or has metastasized).

 

Prevention: Melanoma is largely preventable when sun protection methods, such as sunscreen, hats, protective clothing, shade, and sunglasses are used. Avoiding tanning beds and sunlamps is also             important because they are significant sources of UV radiation. The use of tanning devices starting before the age of 30 increases the risk for developing melanoma by as much as 75 percent.

 

Vermont Department of Health 1
Melanoma in Vermont—
Updated September 2013

 

Bennington County celebrates the 1st group of early childhood professionals who completed the Strengthening Families Curriculum!  1st Row:  Laurie Crandall, Lesley Burdick, Sharron Harrington (Facilitator).  2nd Row: Louise
Johnson, Nikki Dockum, Lois Springer, Nicole Bushika.  3rd Row: Pamela Upright, Amanda Rose, JoAnn Burns.  Missing: Brenda Schramm (Facilitator)

Strengthening Families through
Child Care/Early Education: 
A Comprehensive Approach

According to The Center for the Study of Social Policy the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework builds on family strengths, promotes optimal development to reduce child abuse and neglect.

The Strengthening Families Approach…
•  Benefits ALL families
•   Builds on family strengths, buffers risk, and promotes better outcomes
•  Can be implemented through small but significant changes in everyday actions
•  Builds on and can become a part of existing programs, strategies, systems and community opportunities
•  Is grounded in research, practice and implementation knowledge

On October 1st, the first of 8 modules will be offered with the next 7 to follow throughout the year.  Please see the enclosed calendar for more information

Important Web Site Resources!


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

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