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November 2017

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What Role Will Northern Lights at CCV Have in 2018?
These early childhood professional development services will be available through Northern Lights at CCV beginning in January, 2018:

Learn more HERE 

Vermont's 2017 Early Childhood Educator of the Year Announced
This year, the Permanent Fund recognized Family Child Care professionals

Aly Richards, CEO of the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children (center) poses with the 2017 Early Educator of the Year Award winner Cheryl "Cookie" Danyow (left) and award finalist Ellen Kraft (right). Danyow and Kraft were honored at the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) Annual Conference held in Killington, VT on October 12, 2017.
Do you have experience, a Bachelor Degree and want help to earn your VT teacher license with an early childhood endorsement? 

1- Applications now posted on the Northern Lights website for the 2018 Peer Review Project Cohort 
The Vermont Peer Review Project is a 10-month course designed to help you prepare to apply for teacher licensure with an early childhood endorsement, using the peer review option.  Read all about it HERE .
  • READ the 2018 Peer Review Cohort Handbook
  • ATTEND the Nov.16th Peer Review Cohort information conference call
  • SUBMIT your application to join the Peer Review Cohort 2018  by Dec. 15, 2017

      Find all the information HERE

2- Join the call to learn more about options to earn teacher licensure
Pathways to Licensure Advising Calls are the third Thursday of the month, at 4:00.  Sign up to attend one or more with Heather.  Email: to tell her you would like to join. Heather will send you directions on how to sign onto the free Go to Meeting Conference Call. On the day of the call simply sign onto Go to Meeting at 4:00 from your mobile phone, tablet or computer.  There will be plenty of time to answer your questions.  Next Call: Thursday: Nov 16 at 4:00.  More advising calls may be added, contact Heather.

From a Peer Review Successful Candidate: 

"I am very proud to have gone through the Peer Review Portfolio process. I have learned a lot about myself as a teacher through a great amount of reflective opportunities. I feel that by obtaining my license through the Peer Review Process, I have shown a deep knowledge in the field of ECE, and gained the feeling of professionalism and the respect from the field."

                                                                                                                 - Dawn Stever
I am Moving I am Learning (IMIL) 2-Day Training 
Coming in January 2018

Hosted by Vermont Head Start Collaboration Office, this training is designed for teams of 3-6 individuals from one program or region, to bring IMIL back to their programs.  Over 100 people total can attend.  Open first to Head Start and Early Head Start staff, any remaining spots will be open to additional child care providers.

WHEN: January 10th and 11th, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at  Castleton University .  

Details will be provided later this year.   

Over 125 professionals earned Vermont Certificates and Credentials between 
August 1, 2017 and October 31, 2017
Congratulations to you and your colleagues all over Vermont 

  • Find those who earned a Program Director Certificate or Credential   HERE
  • Find those who earned Afterschool Certificates and Credentials HERE
  • Find those who joined the Instructor Registry - or renewed  
  • Find those who earned early childhood Career Ladder Certificates  HERE
New Online Sponsor Approved
Pyramid Model Consortium Is the Newest Approved Sponsor Of Online Training

ePyramid Model Module training packages are now available. There are three different packages, each 26 hours, on Promoting the Social Emotional Competence of Infants and Young Children in early childhood classrooms. One focuses on infants and toddlers, one for preschoolers, and one for both.  Cost is $49 per package.  Learn more about this training and all other approved online trainings HERE 
New Curriculum Coordinator 
Welcome Sunnie McPhetres 

We are pleased to announce that Sunnie McPhetres has been hired as the Curriculum Manager for early childhood professional development at CCV.  McPhetres has more than three decades of experience in early childhood and has most recently served as Assistant Director of the Dartmouth College Child Care Center in Hanover, N.H.

"Sunnie's deep knowledge of high quality curriculum, adult instruction, and the particular needs of early childhood professionals makes her an ideal fit for this position," said Becky Millard, director of early childhood professional development at CCV. "We are so excited to welcome her onto our team."

Learn more HERE.

Ad vanced Training for Professionals working with Infants, Toddlers and their Families  
Connecting the Dots series continues

It's not too late to sign up for the next part in the advanced training series offered by the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative (VT-HEC).  Come learn from national experts and your peers around Vermont. Learn more HERE.
See the NEW 2017 Vermont Core Knowledge and Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals
Use either the old or the new Core Knowledge and Competencies

The 2017 Core Knowledge and Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals are now posted on the Northern Lights website. The new knowledge areas now fully align with NAEYC professional standards and the Vermont Agency of Education teacher licensure - early childhood endorsement standards. On the website, find a comparison of the previous and new Core Knowledge and Competencies. The Knowledge and Competencies now also include Early Childhood Professional Dispositions, behaviors that express our values, beliefs and attitudes as early of early childhood professionals. The full booklet of the 2017 Knowledge and Competencies will be printed by the end of 2017. Find the Knowledge and Competencies HERE .
Shared Services
Hundreds of Resources and Discounts for Early Childhood Programs and Professionals

Shared Services VT is free for all staff of regulated early care and learning programs participating in STARS. If you have not yet signed up for Shared Services VT, please request a log-in on the sign-up screen. Find the sign up page

Program Directors! Looking for the Legal and Financial Issues course? 
Did you know you may be eligible to get a discount? 

Legal and Financial Issues is a three credit, fully on-line course being offered by Union Institute and University at the start of each of these terms:
  • 2017-2018 Winter semester, starts January 2, 2018
  • 2017-2018 Spring/Summer, semester starts April 30, 2018
  Read the information flier and learn how to register HERE 

Want to know if you are eligible for a discount? Learn more HERE 

Two NEW Resources on the Northern Lights Website!
Early Childhood Higher Education Degree Directory and more!

1- The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), has launched an Early Childhood Higher Education Degree Directory. The directory identifies every early childhood degree program in regionally-accredited institutions across the United States and its territories. This directory will serve as a resource for current and prospective students searching for an early childhood degree program, as well as for faculty and policymakers interested in the current early childhood professional preparation landscape across the country. Also find a link on the side bar under RESOURCES on the College and University Pathways page of the Northern Lights website HERE.

2- Criteria to meet Advanced Specialized Care (ASC) training is now posted on the  Child Development Division and the Northern Lights Websites. Look on the Northern Lights Specialized Training page HERE or the Child Development Division Specialized Child Care page HERE.

Rhys Morris is Now Our Senior Administrative Assistant
Contact him today! 

Looking to reach someone on the Northern Lights team but not sure who? Need help understanding what's in your BFIS Quality and Credential Account?  Need help with professional development or career advising but you aren't sure where to start?  
Rhys is a great person to call or email for support. You can reach him at 802-828-2878 or

Voices of Learning
Calling Instructors of Early Childhood and Afterschool Professionals!
Voices of Learning: An Orientation to Adult Learning and Instructional Design is a 4 week online class covering adult learning principles and design of adult learning activities. Successful completion of this course meets a requirement for membership in the Vermont Instructor Registry. The next class starts in 2018. To sign up for this class, complete the short survey found HERE.

The newest BFIS (Bright Futures Information System)  Sponsors
They joined over 130 other organizations and programs

Organizations that regularly offer professional development, may decide to streamline the documentation process for participants.  These organizations work with Northern Lights staff to ensure their trainings can quickly be verified and entered into individuals' BFIS Quality and Credential accounts.  The following organizations became "BFIS Sponsors" between August 1st and October 31st 2017
  • Chittenden East Supervisory Union
  • Lamoille South Supervisory Union
  • Northshire Day School, Inc.
  • Orleans Central Early Childhood Programs (OCSU)
  • The Shaftsbury Early Childhood Center
  • Windham Early Childhood Educators Co-Op
Training and Resource Hotline available  
Vermont Birth to Five (VB5) provides training, resources and support

Vermont Birth to Five (VB5) has agreements in place with many community partners around the state to offer trainings through 2017. Continue to check the BFIS course calendar HERE . 
 Also contact the VB5 Professional Development Resource Hotline HERE.
Culminating Seminar Coming in 2018
For Program Directors

Calling Program Directors who have your Step 2 Program Director Certificate!  Culminating Seminar is the next and final required course to help you earn your Program Director Step 3 Credential. This 3 credit course helps you to create your Step 3 Program Director portfolio.  Complete the short survey to add your name to the list for the course HERE

If you have questions about the Program Director Credential, contact Amelia Struthers: 802-885-8374.

Learn more about early childhood Career Level Certificates HERE
Level I

Seham Alsakkaf - Essex Junction
Megan Andrews - Richmond
Lori Barrett - Rutland
Lori Bartlett - Websterville
Nicole Bates - Fairfax
Kaleigh Biddle - North Bennington
Carmen Bouchard - North Troy
Chantal Bove - Waterbury Center
Evelyn Burlock - Vergennes
Kelsi Carey - Sheldon
Amanda Clark - Castleton
Deborah Clifford - Hardwick
Alisha Coppola - South Hero
Tiffany Couture - Enosburg
Shannon Davis - East Calais
Tianna Deavitt - Colchester
Melanie Dewey - Randolph
Kendra Dougherty - Fair Haven
Ella Downey - Hinesburg
Melanie Dube - Essex Junction
Kimberly Duprey - Montpelier
Sally Elwell - Bennington
Laurie Fortin - Sheldon Springs
Roxanne Goss - St. Johnsbury
Bennington Hamilton - Bennington
Darla Heyer - Fairfax
Penny Howes - Waterbury Center
Hannah Jackson - Woodstock
Abigail LaRock - Burlington
Quin Loomis - North Bennington
Meagan McNally - Johnson
Samantha Miller - Ferrisburgh
Emily Mulherin - Brattleboro
Anne O'Brien - Vergennes
Olivia Ostrander - North Bennington
Dana Pellistri - Rutland
Deborah Rice - Bennington
Anna Rose - Sharon
Christine Savard - Barre
Amanda Stebbins - Morrisville
Dawna Swahn - Rutland
Taralyn Thorne - Essex Junction
Cathleen Thurber - Barre
Ashlin Velez - Huntington
Sherrie Vincent - Fairfax
Pennie Wareing - Bomoseen
Linda West - Hinesburg
Danielle Whitman - Essex Junction
Amanda Williams - Stannard

Level II

Kelsi Carey - Sheldon
April Chadwick - Bennington
Megan Chenaille - Pownal
Wendy Farnham - Barre Town
Dawn Irwin - Essex Junction
Kiya Labadie - Brookline
Kalii LaRochelle - Graniteville
Wendy Meghan Perron - Barton
Carly Stevens - Brandon
Elizabeth Traver Adolphus - Bennington
Meghan Wade - Bennington
Meghan Wade - Bennington
Talor Weed - Sheffield
Alexandria Whitcomb - Barre

Level IIIA

Wendy Ballou - Bennington
Melanie Brown - North Pownal
Megan Cloutier - Morrisville
Katrina Fuller - Charlotte
Loraleh Harris - Charlotte
Eden Hubert - Burlington
Michelle Jones - Fairfax
Jessica LaFountain - Jeffersonville
Martha Missale - Vernon
Jennifer Pearson - South Burlington
Sheila Pijanowski - Burlington
Margaret Rubick - Manchester Center
Megan Terjelian - Essex Junction
Becky Wilder - Danby

Level IIIB

Crystal Bennett-Bancroft - Jericho
Holley Cadieux - St. Albans
Jessica D'Adamo - Morrisville
Lucie Daley - Sunderland
Lisa Dufour-Valley - St. Johnsbury
Ashley Eaton - Manchester Center
Michelle Emerson-Small - Springfield
Tammy Gosley - North Bennington
Stacey Grau - West Pawlet
Starr Gutierrez - Brattleboro
Lorisa Holt - Williamstown
Marcy Kelson - Bennington
Miranda Lahue - Enosburg Falls
Jordyn Lawrence - Grand Isle
Samantha Masterson - Lincoln
Jessica Moore - Winooski
Ashley Oberg - Rutland
Elizabeth Roberts - Perkinsville
Dawna Slarve - North Hartland
Susan Stevens-Loveland - Hoosick Falls
Marie Tatro - Hardwick
Yvonne Trepanier - Barre
Amy Veilleux - Essex
Kim Viens - Barre
Katie Wilkins - Middlebury

Level IVA

Amity Burnham - Derby
Kristi Farrar - Newport
Abby Harrington - Morrisville
Jennifer Haskins - Wells
Tabitha McGlynn - Williamstown
Britny Morrill - Plainfield
Judith Reichsman - Brattleboro
Kayla Williams - Westminster
Anita Williger - Williston

Level IVB

Megan Lambros - Essex Junction
Nan Mann - Saxton's River
Paulette Sharkey - North Walpole
Stacie Staab - Arlington

Level VA

Julia Parker - Charlotte
Jill Smith - Burlington
Level VB

Laura Dailey - Wells
Karen Gallese - Pownal
Jacqueline Wiley - South Londonderry
These professionals earned their Afterschool  Essentials or Afterschool Foundations Certificate   

29 issued between August 1st and October 31st, 2017
Learn more about the Afterschool Certificates and Credentials HERE


Leslie Breakstone - Montpelier
Kathleen Ciociola - Bristol
Jennifer Edson - Chelsea
Jessica Huntley - Colchester
Rachelle Patton - Cuttingsville
Mavos Stansbery - Vergennes

Allison Bachmann - Ira
Mickenzie Bogner - Colchester
Amanda Burnham - Burlington
Bonnie Caswell - South Royalton
Tracy Davies - South Burlington
Catherine Dion - Colchester
Noah Evans - Burlington
Christina Flesch - Tunbridge
Caitlin French - Rutland
Wanda Hoover - Burlington
Estelle Kearns - Castleton
Valerie Leavitt-Deeb - Burlington
Julia Marchessault - Burlington
Crystal Morse - Westminster Station
Jacquelyn Myers - Shaftsbury
Michelle Myers-Prouty - Bennington
Breanna Nelson - Perkinsville
Lisa O'Connell - Burlington
Charlene Rodriguez - Springfield
Andrea Roy - South Royalton
Brianna Sweet - Bennington
Mason Sylvia - Rutland
Elizabeth Trombino - Burlington

These professionals earned or renewed their Instructor Registry Certificates
24 issued between August 1st and October 31st, 2017
Learn more about the Instructor Registry   HERE

Certified Laurie Metcalfe
Joy Kitchell
Brandy Levesque
Patricia Pawlik
Jane Swain
Chrissy Wade

Master Leah Bratton
Jennifer Casserly
Adam Rosen
David Wells

Alisha Adams
Daniela Caserta
Peggy CoZi
Jeanine Fitzgerald
Kittybelle Hosford
Victoria Kelliher
Jenne Morton
Robin Ploof
Nancy Sugarman
Shelley Vanderwende
Specialist I Kristy Rose

Specialist II Sally Hafer Daphne LeaHammer
Linda MacFarlane
PdirectorThese professionals earned their Program Director       Certificate or Credential for early childhood and afterschool professionals
26 issued between August  1st and October 31st, 2017
Step 1
Nicole Barnes - Williston
Carrie Batchelder - Colchester
Kelsi Carey - Sheldon
Jennifer Carlson - Middlesex
Kathie Clayton - Bellows Falls
Megan Cloutier - Morrisville
Stephanie Ellison - Rutland
Krysta Griffith - New Haven
Tessa Harrington - Jericho
Julie Koehler - Wilmington
Alisha Leonard - Manchester Center
Heather Lytle - St. Johnsbury
Jazmin McNeill - Proctorsville
Lorie Mulcahy - Middlebury
Michelle Parson - Lyndonville
Kelly Roemmelt - Manchester Center
Lauren Skaskiw - Plymouth
Jill Smith - Burlington
Blaise Smith - East Montpelier
Kim Viens - Barre
Beth Wallace - North Bennington
Jennifer Wedge - Waterburt
Katie Wortman - Burlington

Step 2
Stephanie Ellison - Rutland
Jacquelyn Myers - Shaftsbury
Erin Pasquale - Burlington

Learn more about the Program Director Credential  HERE

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