Connecting
The Newsletter of the Bennington County Child Care Association

October – November – December 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

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Mark Your Calendars:  BCCCA ANNUAL DINNER MEETING:  November 12th (6 – 7:30 pm)

 


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

 



OCTOBER 2014

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.

Bennington Universal PreK Law (ACT 166) Implementation, Information and Planning Session
Wednesday, October 15th (11 am – 1:30 pm), The Vermont Dept. of Health’s Community Room, 324 Main Street, Bennington
AHS Field Services Director of Bennington and Brattleboro,  Sadie Fischesser, will facilitate this discussion with guests:  Sarah Buxton,  Vermont State Legislator; and Frank Perotti,   Educational Consultant and former Superintendent of Springfield Vermont Public Schools.  With questions or for more information or to sign up to attend this session, please contact Robin Stromgren, Building Bright Futures Coordinator, at  rstromgren@buildingbrightfutures.org or (802) 447-2887.  A light lunch will be served.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about DAP!
Wednesday, October 15th (6 – 9 pm), SVMC Employee Cafeteria (Please use the main hospital entrance and follow the signs.)
This session is designed to assist early learning childhood educators in meeting several goals. Using a face to face approach, which will include small and large group discussions, video clips of teachers and other professionals and some hands on activities, learners will:

Know what developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) is and what it is not.
Be able to identify how teachers can promote children’s learning, development and goal achievement.
Be able to apply DAP principles and guidelines in work with young children and families.

Join Cathy Hagadorn, Director of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC’s) Learning Tree for this evening of practicing and learning!  CCECP:  1, 3.  CCAP:  1, 3.  SVE:  1, 2.  CDA:  2, 7, 8.  AA.  BCCCA.

Shared Services Regional Meeting
Wednesday, October 15th (6 – 8 pm), Bennington Early Childhood Center, 1506 Harwood Hill, Bennington
The Bennington Regional Shared Services Network will hold a meeting October 15th for the Bennington County licensed and registered child care programs/providers who have participated in the Shared Services discussions to date.  For planning purposes, if you will be attending this meeting, please contact Vermont Birth to Three (VB3) Program Specialist LouAnn  Beninati at lbeninati@gmail.com as a light meal will be served.  Please contact LouAnn with questions or for more information.

Raising of America Conversations
Monday, October 20th (5:30 – 7:30), Bennington Museum, West Main Street, Bennington – Other dates/locations below
Let’s Grow Kids is collaborating with 15 other statewide organizations and agencies on Raising of America Conversations – a series of events featuring a 30-minute sneak peek of the powerful new Raising of America documentary with a community conversation afterwards.

  • Bennington:  Bennington Museum, October 20 (5:30 – 7:30 pm)
  • Rutland:  College of St. Joseph, Tuttle Theatre, October 29th (5:30 – 7:30 pm)
  • Windham:  Latchis Theater, October 28th (5:30 – 7:30 pm)

To RSVP to attend one of these events, please email Megan Stearns at megan@letsgrowkids.org.  For more information and other dates/places around the state, please visit www.letsgrowkids.org.

Stewards of Children – Darkness to Light*
Monday, October 20th (5:30 – 8 pm), School’s Out Children’s Center, 901 Main St., Bennington
Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.   The Program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children.  The session will be facilitated by Joy Kitchell, Certified D2L Trainer from the Bennington County Child Advocacy Center (BCCAC).  CCECP:  1, 2, 4, 5.  CCAP:  1, 2, 4, 5.  SVE:  1, 2, 4.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8.  AA.  Registration Information:  contact Joy Kitchell at (802) 442-5107 or register on-line at www.vtbccac.com or www.bccac.webs.com.  There is a $10 fee to cover the cost of materials.  Please make check payable to BCCAC.  Partial scholarships are available.  Please contact Joy for more information.  This session will be offered again on November 10th.

Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development*
Wednesday, October 22nd (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This 3 hour interactive training focuses on normal sexual development and behaviors in young children, and what both children and adults need to know to keep them safer.  Responding to sexual questions and behaviors, as well as disclosures of abuse are discussed.  Basic information on child sexual abuse and its prevention, abuse statistics, myths and facts, and signs of abuse as well as mandated reporting are included.  A book list for adults and children and a resource list is provided.  This training is appropriate for early care and education providers and parents of young children.  The session will be facilitated by Joy Kitchell, Certified D2L Trainer from the Bennington County Child Advocacy Center (BCCAC).  CC:  1, 2, 4, 5.  CCAP:  1, 2, 4, 5.  SVE:  1, 2, 4.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 4, 8.  AA.  This session offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours.  BCCCA.

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.

2014 VAEYC Fall Conference
Thursday-Sunday, October 23rd – 25th, Dudley H. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children’s (VAEYC’s)  annual conference brochure and registration is now on line.  Please visit www.vaeyc.org for more information.

Screen Time:  Growing Readers in a Digital World with Author Lisa Guernsey
Thursday, October 23rd (7 pm), Dudley H. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
The Vermont Humanities Council, in collaboration with the annual conference of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC), is pleased to bring author Lisa Guernsey to Vermont!  Guernsey, director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, will discuss how electronic media affects young children and how to responsibly incorporate technology into a child’s life.  This event is free and open to the general public!  If you are attending the VAEYC Conference:  Don’t miss out!

CDA and Fundamentals Information Session
Thursday, October 30th (6 – 8 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
Do you have questions about the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) and the Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals course, and which one would be a good choice for you?  Please join us for a question and answer session, to better help you plan the next steps in your professional development path.  This workshop will count for 2 hours of professional development. Facilitated By, Brenda Schramm , Early Childhood Mentor and Consultant.  CC:  5.  CCAP:  5.

 



NOVEMBER 2014

Supporting Families:  Building Hope!  BCCCA’s 27th Annual Conference!
Saturday, November 1st (8 am – 3:30 pm), MAUMS, 747 East Road, Bennington
Lisa M. Guerrero will offer this year’s keynote address.  She is best known for her smile and her energy.  She is an early childhood educator and family consultant dedicated to promoting play in the lives of all humans.  Lisa holds a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and an M.S. in Early Childhood Administration.  You will find the complete conference brochure at www.bccca.net.   Child Care Licensing, CACFP, and Advanced Specialized Care training credit offered.

SVSU Universal PreK (ACT 166) Information and Planning Session
Monday, November 3rd (6 – 8 pm), SVSU Early Education Program, 233 Division St., Bennington
Please join us for an informational session and opportunity to ask questions about ACT 166 and public preschool for all 3 and 4 year old children  beginning in the  2015/2016 school year. The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (SVSU) is looking for additional community partners. Please join us to find out what that can mean for your licensed or registered child care program.  Light refreshments will be served.  This session is being sponsored by the SVSU. Please register with: SVSU Consultant Brenda Schramm at baschramm@comcast.net or 802-379-7267.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, November 3rd (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.

Yikes, Writer’s Block!!!
Thursdays, November 6th, 13, 20th and Wednesdays, December 3rd & 10th (6 – 8:30 pm), CCV, 324 Main St., Bennington
Has it been a long time since you were in high school and are now considering taking a college course, including the first course offered for the Child Care Apprenticeship Program? Are you worried about the CCV Accuplacer test or preparing the Reflective Statements of Competency for your CDA Professional Portfolio?  Do you struggle when writing letters to parents or preparing classroom newsletters? The ability to write well is necessary for effective and professional communication.  The Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) will be sponsoring   A 5 week Brush-Up Your Writing Skills workshop series in our community.  This
training will provide 12.5 professional development training hours.  If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please call VCCICC’s Sue Ryan at (802) 985-2700 today!  For more information about offerings through VCCICC, please contact:  VT Child Care Industry and Careers
Council (VCCICC), 145 Pine Haven Shores Road, Suite 1137, Shelburne, VT 05482 or visit www.vtchildcareindustry.org.    CCECP:  2, 5.  CCAP:  2, 5. SVE:  1, 2, 4.  CDA:  4, 5.  AA.



NOVEMBER 2014

Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR
Monday, November 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 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.

Sunrise/BCCCA Office Closed:  Monday, November 11th in Observance of Veteran’s Day
“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”  — Jeff Miller

Stewards of Children – Darkness to Light*
Monday, November 10th (5:30 – 8 pm), School’s Out Children’s Center, 901 Main St., Bennington
Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.   The Program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children.  The session will be facilitated by Joy Kitchell, Certified D2L Trainer from the Bennington County Child Advocacy Center (BCCAC).  CCECP:  1, 2, 4, 5.  CCAP:  1, 2, 4, 5.  SVE:  1, 2, 4.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8.  AA.  Registration Information:  contact Joy Kitchell at (802) 442-5107 or register on-line at www.vtbccac.com or www.bccac.webs.com.  There is a $10 fee to cover the cost of materials.  Please make check payable to BCCAC.  Partial scholarships are available.  Please contact Joy for more information

Annual Meeting of the Bennington County Child Care Association
Wednesday, November 12th (6 – 7:30 p.m.), Bennington Lodge of Elks, 125 Washington Ave., Bennington
Please join the Bennington County Child Care Association Board of Directors to say farewell  and thank you to outgoing Board Members Jean Hoag and Judy Lamoureaux,  and welcome the new representatives!  This celebration offers a wonderful meal and great camaraderie!  We hope to see you there!  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 dinner (and especially dessert!) for everyone.

Strengthening Families:  Value and Support Parents – Module II*
Wednesday, November 19th (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.  Those of us doing the important work of caring for children have a unique opportunity to make parents feel welcomed, valued, and supported by getting to know each parent as an individual, connecting parents with each other, involving parents in the decisions about their children, and setting aside time and space for them.  During this training we will learn more ways that we can let the parents of the children in our care know that we value and support them.  This session will be facilitated by Sharron Harrington, Sunrise Family Resource Center’s Referral and Resource Development Specialist and Brenda Schramm, Vermont Birth to Three Mentor.  CCECP:  1, 2, 4.  CCAP:  1, 2, 3, 4.  SVE:  1, 2, 5.  CDA:  1, 4.  AA.  This session offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours.  BCCCA.

Shaken Baby Syndrome*
Thursday, November 20th (6 – 8 pm), Happy Days Playschool/Arlington Area Child Care, 426 East Arlington Rd., Arlington
Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (SBS) is the name given to physical child abuse that can occur when a young child is severely or violently shaken.  The shaking may only last a few seconds, but the effects last a lifetime. Young children, especially babies, have very weak neck muscles and do not yet have full control of their head movements. When they are shaken, the head whips back and forth slamming their fragile brain tissue against the hard skull, causing bruising, bleeding and swelling inside the brain. Shaking combined with throwing, dropping or slamming the baby can be deadly.  Prevent Child Abuse Vermont will offer information and prevention strategies at this session which offers Advanced Protective Service Training Credit Hours.  CCECP:  1, 2, 4, 5.  CCAP:  1, 2, 4, 5.  SVE:  1, 2, 5.  CDA:  1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8.  I.  BCCCA. 

Sunrise/BCCCA Office Closed:  Thursday-Friday,
November 27th – 28th in Observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday



DECEMBER 2014

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Monday, December 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. 

Feeding the Developing Brain
Wednesday, December 3rd (6 – 8 pm), First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street, Bennington
The more we know about the food and brain connection, the better choices we can make about the diet. Starting several million years ago, we had enough additional caloric energy through changes in lifestyle and diet to actually build a completely new section of brain. This new brain, the prefrontal cortex, plays key roles in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language, and consciousness. How is this structure best fueled? What are the ramifications of the brain not receiving its daily requirements of nutrients? This presentation looks at the food sources required to optimize the brain and is open to early care and education providers and the families they serve!    Light refreshments will be served.  CCECP:  1,4.  CCAP:  1, 4.  SVE:  1, 4.  CDA:  1, 2, 8.  AA.  CACFP Training Credit:  2 hours.    This  session is being  sponsored by  the  Southshire Starting  Points Network.  Please contact this group’s
facilitator, Anna Harwood to register:  (802) 442-4419, (802) 440-2797, or abdeery@comcast.net.

Heart Saver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, December 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.

Never Too Early!
Wednesdays, December 10th & 17th (6 – 8 pm), Bennington Early Childhood Center, 1506 Harwood Hill, Bennington
This two-part training by the Vermont Humanities Council offers an introduction to reading and sharing books and conversation with children.  Take a journey into the world of children’s literature!  In this lively, interactive workshop, learn the importance and joy of sharing picture books and stories with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Through hands-on exploration of children’s books, learn about early literacy and related developmental issues.  Learn ways to create a literacy-rich environment, and share practical ideas with others.  Discover ways to make books come alive through animated reading, rhymes, and extension activities that encourage language development.  Take home ideas you can put to use immediately in your program, along with a free set of gift books.  “Early literacy and authentic nature play" will be one topic included in the discussion.  This year’s books include Margaret Wise Brown’s Big Red Barn, A Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fyjukawa, and The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony.   CCECP:  1, 3.  CCAP:  1, 3.  CDA:  1, 2, 8.  AA.  This introductory course has limited space.  Priority is given to those who have not attended a Never Too Early series in the past.  BCCCA.  Facilitator:  Lori Pinsonneault.  Please Note:  This session will be offered in Manchester on April 23rd and 30th 2015.

Sunrise/BCCCA Office will Close at Noon on Wednesday, December 24th and will be Closed Thursday and Friday, December 25th  - 26th in Observance of the Christmas Holiday.



JANUARY 2015

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


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

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, January 5th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This class is intended for those involved in child care that have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements such as child care workers, teachers, foster care workers, camp counselors, youth organizations, and coaches for children's sports organizations.  It teaches how to manage illness and injuries in a child in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.  Topics include First Aid Basics, Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies and Environmental Emergencies.  Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Richard Scheffler and mail it to Richard at  742 Main Street, Bennington 05201, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.   For more information please contact Richard at rscheffler47@hotmail.com or (802) 379-5383.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.  AA.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours

Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR
Monday, January 12th (6 – 9 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This course is a video based, instructor lead course that teaches participants critical life-saving skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until medical services arrive. Topics covered in this course include: Infant and Child CPR and Choking. Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Nicole Bushika and mail it to Nicole at P.O. Box 203, Pownal, VT  05261, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.  For more information, please contact Nicole at:  nbushika@yahoo.com or (802) 949-7121.  CCECP:  4.  CCAP:  4.  CDA:  1.   AA.  Please note:  CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.

 

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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

 


Child Care Apprenticeship...It's NOT too late!

If you are interested in joining the Child Care Apprenticeship Program, now is the time to get started!

The VT Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) works in collaboration with the VT Department of Labor to offer a unique training opportunity for newer and/or less formally educated employees in the field of child care. The Child Care Apprenticeship Program combines tuition-free college coursework with on-the-job training for apprentices under the supervision of an employer and the support of a mentor. 

à  Please call VCCICC as soon as possible (802-985-2700) or email vccicc@comcast.net to set up a time to meet and learn more about the program. New apprentices will begin an orientation period in October in preparation for the first tuition-free college course, which starts in January at CCV in Bennington. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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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2014 STARS Benefits

Child Development Division Bonus for each NEW star level achieved

1 STAR –  $250
2 STARS –  $500
3 STARS –  $1,000
4 STARS –  $1,150
5 STARS –  $1,550

NEW – Annual Quality Maintenance Payment (80% of Bonus)

NEW– Annual Nutritious Snacks and Meals Payment (up to $300)

Spotlight on Quality incentive from VT Birth to Three (available only to registered home based providers)

1 STAR –  $100 gift certificate to Lakeshore Learning
2 STARS –  $200 gift certificate to Lakeshore Learning
3 STARS –  $300 gift certificate to Lakeshore Learning, or a 16gb Apple iPad Mini
4 STARS –  $400 gift certificate to Lakeshore Learning, a 16b Apple iPad, or $400
5 STARS –  $500 gift certificate to Lakeshore Learning, 16gb Apple iPad Air, or $500

A higher reimbursement rate from the Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP) based on STAR rating

This assists the families in your care benefiting from the CCFAP by reducingtheir co-payments!

1 STAR –  5% above the base CCFAP rate
2 STARS –  10% above the base CCFAP rate
3 STARS – 20% above the base CCFAP rate
4 STARS – 30% above the base CCFAP rate
5 STARS – 40% above the base CCFAP rate

Contribute to the regional STARS participation rate, which determines the amount of funding available to the region through the Strengthening Starting Points grant

Discounts from Lakeshore, Kaplan and Learning Materials Workshop

Access to the www.sharedservicesvt.org website (beginning October 22nd)

Opportunity to apply for funding open only to STARS participants

A listing on the STARS website (optional)

Professional development and other initiatives open to STARS participants

A sense of accomplishment

Many families rely on providers engaged in STARS as they make that very important child care decision

STARS shows your commitment to ongoing development and quality

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND/OR FOR ASSISTANCE IN YOUR STARS APPLICATION:  Please contact VB3 Mentor Brenda Schramm at baschramm@comcast.net or 802-379-7267; Sunrise’s Referral and Resource Development Specialist Sharron Harrington at sharrington@sunrisepcc.com or 802-447-6938; or visit http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/stars/.

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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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