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The Newsletter of the Bennington County Child Care Association

January – February – March 2017


Professional Development Update

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
& CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January – February – March 2017


Registration instructions for each session are noted in program descriptions.



JANUARY 2017

Early Childhood Leadership NetworkLeadership in Action: How Effective Directors Get Things Done
Thursday, January 5th & 26th (5:45 – 8:00 p.m.), Bennington Early Childhood Center, Harwood Hill, Bennington
The Early Childhood Leadership Network is reviewing the book Effective Leadership and invites those in supervisory roles to join the discussion.  TO REGISTER: Please contact Carol Barbierri, (802) 375-6039 or happydayscarol10@comcast.net or Alyson Grzyb at (802) 447-1093, (203) 414-4370 or alyruby@gmail.com if you would like to join the conversation.  Two hours of training credit will be awarded.  A light meal is provided so registration is a must.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid  
Monday, January 9th (6:00 – 9:00 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This class is intended for those involved in child care that have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements such as child care workers, teachers, foster care workers, camp counselors, youth organizations, and coaches for children's sports organizations.  It teaches how to manage illness and injuries in a child in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.  Topics include First Aid Basics, Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies and Environmental Emergencies.  Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Richard Scheffler and mail it to Richard at 742 Main Street, Bennington 05201, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.   For more information please contact Richard at rscheffler47@hotmail.com or (802) 379-5383.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours. 

Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR 
Monday, January 23rd (6:00 – 9:00 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This course is a video based, instructor lead course that teaches participants critical life-saving skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until medical services arrive.  Topics covered in this course include: Infant and Child CPR and Choking. Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Nicole Bushika and mail it to Nicole at P.O. Box 203, Pownal, VT  05261, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.  For more information, please contact Nicole at:  nbushika@yahoo.com or (802) 949-7121.  Please note:  CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours. 

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


 

FEBRUARY 2017

Heart Saver Infant/Child CPR
Monday, February 6th (6:00 – 9:00 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
Richard Scheffler of the Bennington Rescue Squad will offer this CPR certification class to early care and education providers.  Please make $25 registration fee payable to Richard Scheffler and mail it to Richard Scheffler:  742 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the classFor more information please contact Richard at rscheffler47@hotmail.com or (802) 379-5383.  Please note:  CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours. 

Never Too Early!
Wednesdays, February 8th (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.), Bennington Early Childhood Center, Harwood Hill, Bennington
This two-part training offered by the Vermont Humanities Council provides an introduction to reading and sharing books and conversation with children. “Diversity and important conversations with children” will be one topic included in the discussion.  In this lively and interactive program, learn the importance and joy of sharing picture books and stories with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Through hands-on exploration of children’s literature, learn about early literacy and related developmental issues, and ways to create a literacy-rich environment. Discover ways to make books come alive through animated reading, rhymes, and extension activities that encourage language development. During the training you will receive books and ideas that will assist you to begin a conversation with young children on the topic of diversity.   A few of the book treasures you will receive:  Down the Road by Alice Schertle, And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, and The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews.  TO REGISTER FOR THIS SERIES, PLEASE CONTACT:  Alyson Grzyb at alyruby@gmail.com or 447-1093.   Sponsored by the Bennington County Starting Points Networks and the Vermont Humanities Council.  Snacks will be provided!

Heart Saver Pediatric First Aid
Monday, February 13th (6:00 – 9:00 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This course is a video based, instructor lead course that teaches participants critical life-saving skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until services arrive.  Topics covered in this course are:   First Aid Basics, Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies and Environmental Emergencies.  Please make $25 registration fee payable to Nicole Bushika and mail it to Nicole Bushika:  P.O. Box 203, Pownal, VT  05261, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.  For more information, please contact Nicole at nbushika@yahoo.com or (802) 949-7121.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours.



 

MARCH 2017

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid  
Monday, March 6th (6:00 – 9:00 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This class is intended for those involved in child care that have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements such as child care workers, teachers, foster care workers, camp counselors, youth organizations, and coaches for children's sports organizations.  It teaches how to manage illness and injuries in a child in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.  Topics include First Aid Basics, Medical Emergencies, Injury Emergencies and Environmental Emergencies.  Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Richard Scheffler and mail it to Richard at 742 Main Street, Bennington 05201, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.   For more information please contact Richard at rscheffler47@hotmail.com or (802) 379-5383.  Please note:  First Aid training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours. 

Heart Saver Infant & Child CPR 
Monday, March 13th (6:00 – 9:00 pm), Sunrise Community House, 226 Union St., Bennington
This course is a video based, instructor lead course that teaches participants critical life-saving skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until medical services arrive.  Topics covered in this course include: Infant and Child CPR and Choking. Please make the $25 registration fee payable to Nicole Bushika and mail it to Nicole at P.O. Box 203, Pownal, VT  05261, along with your name, address and contact information one week prior to the class.  For more information, please contact Nicole at:  nbushika@yahoo.com or (802) 949-7121.  Please note:  CPR training credit hours do not count toward Child Care Licensing professional development training hours. 

Never Too Early!
Mondays, March 20th & 27th (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.), Northshire Day School, Manchester
This two-part training offered by the Vermont Humanities Council provides an introduction to reading and sharing books and conversation with children. “Diversity and important conversations with children” will be one topic included in the discussion.  In this lively and interactive program, learn the importance and joy of sharing picture books and stories with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Through hands-on exploration of children’s literature, learn about early literacy and related developmental issues, and ways to create a literacy-rich environment. Discover ways to make books come alive through animated reading, rhymes, and extension activities that encourage language development. During the training you will receive books and ideas that will assist you to begin a conversation with young children on the topic of diversity.   A few of the book treasures you will receive:  Down the Road by Alice Schertle, And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, and The Neighborhood mother Goose by Nina Crews.  TO REGISTER FOR THIS SERIES, PLEASE CONTACT:  Alyson Grzyb at alyruby@gmail.com or 447-1093.   Sponsored by the Bennington County Starting Points Networks and the Vermont Humanities Council.  Snacks will be provided!

23rd Annual Early Childhood Day at the Legislature
Wednesday, March 15th, Vermont State House & Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpelier
Join the VT Early Childhood Alliance, let’s Grow Kids, Building Bright Futures and hundreds of early childhood professionals, parents, employees and policymakers to:

  • Meet with legislators about early childhood issues

  • Take action at the State House

  • Be inspired by guest speakers

  • Network and exchange information


Registration opens January 2017 with scholarships available!  Register for the entire day or for the afternoon rally at vermontearlychildhoodalliance.org/

What's happening with VT Northern Lights Career Development Center?

The Child Development Division (CDD) has signed an agreement with the Community College of VT (CCV) to continue to fund current Northern Lights positions at CCV through June 2017. More changes are coming from CDD and the "transformed professional development system".

Jean Gilman, a record specialist at Northern Lights, will be retiring at the end of January after 9 years with Northern Lights. She is the one who creates all of the certificate packets we issue, calls you to confirm experience of applicant for early childhood career ladder certificates and much more. We will miss her!

Northern Lights office and CCV will be closed Dec. 27-30, 2016 and re-open Jan. 2, 2017.

 



 

PROVIDER RESOURCES

Licensor On DutyIf you have questions for the Vermont Department for Children & Families Child Development Division regarding Vermont State Child Care Regulations, please call the Licensor on Duty at (800) 649-2642 or (802) 241-0837.

Vermont Birth to Five Regional MentorBrenda Schramm is Bennington County’s regional Vermont Birth to Five (VB5) Mentor and can be reached at: (802) 379-7267 or brenda@vermontbirthtofive.org.  Brenda is working with Registered and Licensed Family Child Care Providers, identifying specific objectives to focus on, such as business operations, curriculum development, applications for the STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS), Vermont’s quality recognition and improvement system for child care, preschool and after school programs, and much more.  Brenda is also working with Licensed Center Director’s to identify and work toward goals that support pre-k partnership readiness.

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

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

Bennington County Child Advocacy Center (BCCAC) offers professional development opportunities on topics such as preventing child abuse and neglect.  For more information, please contact Joy Kitchell, Executive Director BCCAC/SIU at (802) 442-5107 or joy.kitchell@partner.vermont.gov.  For BCCAC trainings, you will need to submit the proper documentation and the VNLCDC VERIFICATION COVER SHEET found on the next page of this newsletter in order to have it be entered into your BFIS credential account.

Submitting Documentation of Professional Development to VT Northern Lights Career Development Center (VNLCDC):  If you attend a training which is NOT offered by a VNLCDC sponsor and you do not receive a VNLCDC Documentation of Professional Development form, you will need to submit the VNLCDC VERIFICATION COVER SHEET with the proper documentation to VNLCDC in order to have it entered into your BFIS credential account.  If you have questions, please contact VNLCDC at (802) 828-2800.



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OF THE DEPT. FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES AGENCY OF HUMAN SERVICES,
AND SUNISE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER / COMMUNITY CHILD CARE SUPPORT SERVICES

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