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August 2017

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What's New?
On the Northern Lights website
  • Find fall courses especially for directors on the Program director page of the Northern Lights Website HERE 
  • Find information about Vermont colleges HERE  
  • Find the list of the most common college courses/topics considered "related credit" on the side bar of this page under "Related Credits" HERE 
  • Tell us what you think about the Northern Lights website. At the bottom of the FIRST page of the Northern Lights website find the CURRENT :POLL - then vote for your choice HERE
Find it on the Community College of Vermont Website
What's New?

Are you ready to get credit for what you already learned?  Your knowledge + expertise = college credit. Take a five minute online self-assessment to learn how you could get credit for what you know, save time, and save money!   For more details, click HERE .

Add Your Voice to Transform the Early Childhood Professional Development System
Get Involved!

Thanks to the hard work of many amazing people across Vermont, we are headed toward incredibly positive changes in our professional development system. CCV is currently working toward offering an array of services starting in January of 2018 to help support the professional development needs of the early childhood workforce. We believe that creating a good process and including many voices is the most effective way for us to build the right system to meet our needs today and into the future and we would like to hear from you. Here are a few ways you can add your voice to the conversation:
  • Join the Integration Workgroup: meets by phone and in person in Barre, at 8:30 AM, biweekly on Fridays for 90 minutes. Contact for more information.
  • Attend the Professional Preparation and Development Committee meeting all day on September 29 and November 17 meetings to focus on how to structure the PPD to provide support and governance to the early childhood professional development system.
  • To share a thought or comment directly, or to join a field conversation send an email to  Becky is the new Director of the Early Childhood Professional Development System at CCV.
Learn more about all of these groups and read a letter from Becky with more information HERE.

Where do I find training in Vermont?
Lots of Places!

Vermont Birth to Five (VB5) provides training, resources and support statewide. Find the VB5 Professional Development Resource Hotline and links to find trainings in your area HERE  

Looking for other trainings? Want to see what else is scheduled for this fall? Search the full BFIS Course Calendar HERE  

Find online training from Vermont and national sponsors. Find the list of approved sponsors of online training HERE Don't forget to send the certificate (with the Verification Cover Sheet) to Northern Lights so we can enter it into your BFIS credential account. 

235 professionals earned Vermont Certificates and Credentials between 
April 1, 2017 and August 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 or Credential HERE
  • Find those who joined the Instructor Registry HERE
  • Find those who earned early childhood Career Ladder Certificates HERE
Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals Course
Offered in Many Locations

Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals will be offered this fall in the following regions:

St. Johnsbury
Fundamentals courses have also been offered in a hybrid format: 20 hours online plus 25 hours face-to-face in class. Two hybrid Fundamentals courses were offered this year and more are planned. Find locations and times for all Fundamentals courses in the BFIS Calendar HERE.

Leadership, Mentoring, and Supervision courses

Students shared their final projects with community members during the second week of August. This is the culminating course for the Child Care Apprenticeship Program. Congratulations to all the students on their hard work and achievement!



Program Directors! Looking for the Legal and Financial Issu
es 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 each of these terms 2017-18:

Fall semester (starts August 28, 2017)
Winter semester (starts January 2, 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

Find it on the Child Development Division Website  
What's New?

Child Care Licensing Regulations Guidance Manuals - click HERE

Professional Development page - click HERE  (or put "professional development" in the search bar of the CDD website at ).

Child Care Training Requirements page - click HERE  (or put "training" in the search bar of the CDD website at ).

Voices of Learning: Adult Learning and Instructional
 Design course
Priority to Instructor Registry members who need this course

Teaching adults requires a different set of knowledge and skills than teaching children. In this course you learn new skills, practice applying them, and connect to Vermont's Professional Development System.
WHEN and WHERE: Fully online for four weeks. Choose either Sept 17 - Oct 14, 2017 OR
  Jan 7 -  Feb 3, 2018
WHAT: 12 total hours of training (plan to be online 2-4 hours a week)
HOW: You will need basic computer skills, an updated computer (not a phone or tablet), access to   the Internet, and an email address
To register for the course, complete the survey HERE The course fee is $50 and checks should be made payable to VCCICC and mailed to Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council; 145 Pine Haven Shores Road, Suite 1137; Shelburne, VT 05482 ATTN: Voices Course. Scholarships are available upon request from Northern Lights. Priority will be given to those in the Instructor Registry who need this course. Limited slots are available.
For more information, contact Amelia Struthers at or (802) 885-8374.   
Upcoming Fall Conferences
Save the Dates! 



VAEYC and VT Head Start Association Early Childhood Conference:Oct. 12-15, 2017 at Killington Hotel and Conference Center. Choose to attend from 1 to 3 days, enjoy networking, lunch, resources and more HERE. 





VT Afterschool Conference: Friday, November 3, 2017 at Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Stowe. Choose from 26 options for training, enjoy networking, lunch, resources and more. Register now HERE.


Do you need to earn a VT teacher license 
with an early childhood endorsement?

Information is Here!

Do you have a teacher license from another state? An expired VT teacher license? Want to add an early childhood endorsement to your other endorsement on your teaching license?  Have years of experience teaching young children and a Bachelor Degree but not sure how to get your teacher license with early childhood endorsement?  

Vermont Birth to Five is offering monthly Pathways to Licensure Advising Calls. Sign up to attend one or more. Email: if 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 Calls : Thursdays: September 21, Oct 19, and Nov 16 at 4:00 p.m.

Want Educator Licensure through Peer Review?
Praxis Test Requirements Change

The Agency of Education announced that as of July 1, 2017, anyone seeking education licensure through Peer Review must complete testing requirements before submitting an application to participate in Peer Review. Exact testing requirements depend on the endorsement you are seeking - for candidates seeking an early childhood education endorsement, you must successfully pass the Praxis Core. As before, if you meet certain test score requirements from alternative tests (SAT, ACT, GRE), you may not need to complete the Praxis Core. Learn more about testing requirements HERE.

Learn more about Alternative Routes to Licensure: HERE.

Vermont Early Learning Standards Institutes
Coming this Fall!

Three, two-day sessions about the Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS) will be offered around the state. Register by September 10, 2017 for all three, and get one free! Trainings are appropriate for K-3 teachers, child care providers, public/private Pre-K staff, administrators, Head Start staff, early childhood mental health providers, early childhood special educators, specialists and others.
 View the flier and learn how to register HERE.


Learn more about early childhood Career Level Certificates HERE.
Level I

Marina Atherton - Milton
Cheryl Audet - Johnson
Nathalie Bard - Vershire
Angela Becker - Windsor
Shalyn Bouffard - Jericho
Cassie Boyce - Groton
Beverly Brookman - Rutland
Lindsay Burt - West Rutland
Caileigh Bushey - Middlebury
Amber Charbonneau - Barre
Cris Choquette - North Troy
Andrea Clark - Rutland
Trinia Cookson - Roxbury
Jolene Coolidge - Williamstown
Maurine Culver - St. Johnsbury
Regina Cummings - Bethel
Jennifer D'Onofrio - Shaftsbury
Cheri Elwood - Enosburg Falls
Diana Fackler - Highgate Center
Cheyenne Farrand - Morrisville
Wendy Gadapee - Danville
Rebecca Gould - Danby
Emily Gover - St. Albans
Jane Graham - Rutland
Pearl Harriman - Barre
Jessica Houriet - Essex Junction
Alexander Houriet - Essex Junction
Cassandra King - Springfield
Toni Kuzawski - Shaftsbury
Judy Lariviere - Springfield
Liza Longway - Highgate
Melissa Loretan - Starksboro
Jasmine Lowry - Barre
Michele McLaughlin - Williamstown
Amanda Miller - Shaftsbury
Darcy Millette - Fairfax
Kristin Morrison - Ryegate
Donna O'Dell - Bennington
Kristin Poirier - Fairfax
Therese Quirion - North Troy
Migan Reilly - Wells
Joyce Ricard - Castleton
Leslie Rocheleau - Swanton
Sandra Ross - Shelburne
April Rumrill - Ludlow
Diane Russell - Milton
Pamela Schabler - East Burke
Kimberly Senesac - Colchester
Virginia Shirlock - Williamstown
Jami Waters - South Reading
Jennifer White - Graniteville

Level II

Amy Bishop - North Bennington
Nicole Broderick - St. Albans
Caitlin Brouillard - South Burlington
Christa Chenaille - Bennington
Amanda D Clark - Proctorsville
Donna Douglass - Morrisville
Lindsey Ducey - Barre
Linda Fisher - Worcester
Joshlynn Fitzpatrick - Essex Junction
Siobhan Hanley - Brattleboro
Elyse Hoyt - Colchester
Cherrie Martin - Montpelier
Karissa Myers - Bennington
Jennifer Peters - Albany
Vicki Prime - Post Mills
Susan Robinson - South Burlington
Nga Willey - Danville

Level IIIA

Amy Churchill - Barre
Tessa Cole - Colchester
Mandigo Constance - Newport
Tia DeMarco - Buskirk
Sean Gilhooly - Manchester Center
Dee Greenia - Franklin
Heidi McHugh - Colchester
Michelle Myers-Prouty - Bennington
Emily O'Neill - Essex Junction
Emily Page - Burlington
Meagan Snyder - Essex Junction
Beth Tetreault - Williamstown
Brittany Ann Thayer - Walden
Mary Zentara - Montpelier

Level IIIB

Kari Austin - Moretown
Apryl Blake - Windsor
Samantha Brooks - Newfane
Pamela Chani - Manchester
Kelly Chhun - Londonderry
Michelle Danforth - Arlington
Ariana Drown - Milton
Cheryl Gaza - Morrisville
Brittany Hayes - Brandon
Jayne Lewicki - Arlington
Lynn Macie - Lunenburg
Constance Mandigo - Newport
Katherine Martell - North Hero
Tanya Martin - Newport
Kierstan McConnell - Tunbridge
Jodi Millette - Fairfax
Kristin Moodie - Morrisville
Christina Paulin - Jeffersonville
Danielle Pouliot - Shelburne
Kristy Sargent - Colchester
Katrina Scribner - Middlesex
Fawn Sheldon - Dorset
Sheryl Therrien - Eden
Laura Weber - Hancock

Level IVA

Amy Anderson - South Burlington
Jennifer Carlson - Middlesex
Melissa Carlstrom - Bellows Falls
Maria Chastenay - South Burlington
Melissa Clay - South Royalton
Rebecca Condon - Stowe
Chloe Feller - Burlington
Susan Gonyaw - Newport
Heather Green - Barre
Danielle Hall-Potvin - South Burlington
Anna Harwood - Bennington
Kasandra Lusignan - Milton
Erin Marcoux - Jeffersonville
Ashley McKinley - South Burlington
Amanda Menard - St. Albans
Leah Mulvey - Burlington
Melissa Myrick-Dubay - Huntington
Christina Nelson - North Troy
Elizabeth Sweeney - South Burlington
Vicki Treadwell - East Haven
Nicole Walker - Morrisville
Michelle Wilson - East Dorset

Level IVB

Heather Benton - South Burlington
Erin Bourne - Wallingford
Brittany Dimmick - Colchester
Shannon Jefferson - Barnet
Hunter Lockyer-Wills - Middlesex
Auli Lyons - Brattleboro
Leiann Moran - Colchester
Kira Peirce - Williamstown
Joanne Pillsbury - Essex
Kimberly Simeon - Hinsdale
Haley Staats - South Burlington
Erica Tremblay - Essex Junction
Clara Utz - Burlington

Level VA

Blythe Baskette - Fairfax
Caila Benoit - Westford
Laurie Metcalfe - Bennington
Jacquelyn Reno - Burlington

Level VB
Bethany Hale - Danville
Balas Loretta - Barre
These professionals earned their Afterschool  Certificate or Credential    
19 issued between April 1st and July 31st, 2017
Learn more about the Afterschool Certificates and Credentials HERE

Afterschool Foundations

Scotti Day - Burlington
Emily Foster - South Burlington
Maureen Gillard - Essex Junction
Tanner Heath - Rutland
Andrea Leadbetter - Williston
Eric McDonnell - Rutland
Veronica McMorrow - Dorset
Joseph Moore - Burlington
Amy Nichols - Rutland
Katie Nikel - Milton
Katherine Perkins - Rutland
Lynn Shea - Poultney
Saige Sherrod - Westminster
Haley Spillane - St. Albans
Noah Tanen - Rutland
Amanda Todd - Chittenden
Christopher Tyl - Rutland

Afterschool Essentials

Lisa French - Johnson 

Afterschool Credential

Jessica Rae Hannigan - Bellows Falls
These professionals earned or renewed their Instructor Registry Certificates 

55 issued between April 1st and July 31st, 2017
Learn more about the Instructor Registry HERE

Affiliate I
MacCall Buckley - Burlington
Sharma Gencarelle - St. Johnsbury
Bethany Hale - Danville
Renee Hinton - Hartford
Priscilla May - Burlington
Melissa Nutting - Burlington
Stacy Simonyi - Burlington

Nicole Barnes - Williston
Ellen Cairns - Barre
Stevi Jackson - St. Johnsbury
Jaime Milazzo - Poultney

Ines Abdelnour - Derby Line
Rebecca Bishop - Bennington
Nicole Bushika - Pownal
Moriah Carney - Brattleboro
Elaine Chasse - South Hero
Ceilidh Galloway-Kane - East Hardwick
Catherine  Lyons - Barre
Christine Nelson - Troy
Scott Noyes - Milton
Billie Slade - Brattleboro
Terry Yavaniski - Bennington

Master Brenda Schramm - Bennington

Kathi Apgar - New Haven
LouAnn Beninati - Essex Junction
Jennifer Brown - Brownsville
Heather Duhamel - St. Albans
Jennifer Hurley - Burlington
Marla Ianello - East Thetford
Mary Beth Lawton - Morrisville
Denise Mellia - Burlington
Amethyst Peaslee - Middlebury
Kathy Reynolds - Cornwall

Specialist I
Laura Murphy - Stowe
Kate  Neufeld - Burlington
Gina Plasse - Burlington
Annalee Pratt - Burlington
Catherine Salmons - Burlington
Alexandra Turner - Essex Junction

Laurie Flaherty - Waterbury

Specialist II
Emily Fujioka - Burlington
Mary Gill - Middlebury
Jacquie Goodall - Burlington
Katie Green - South Burlington
Kate  Hudspeth - Burlington
Kelly Miller - Burlington
Chris Nial - Burlington
Leslie Turner - Burlington
Priscilla Waterhouse - Rutland

Peter Burns - Winooski
Louisa Driscoll - St. Johnsbury
Tamara McLaughling - Colchester
Carol Newell - Shaftsbury
Jack Russell - Calais

These professionals earned their Program Director       Certificate or Credential for early childhood and afterschool professionals

14 issued between April 1st and July 31st, 2017
Step 1
Gabrielle Blanchard - Thetford Center
Katie Brown - Jericho
Jane Gras - Manchester
Tonya Havens - Troy
Courtney Hier - Rutland
Christina Nelson - North Troy
Elizabeth Roberts - Perkinsville
Elsa Tietje - South Burlington

Step 2
Katie McGee - Colchester
Ashley McKinley - Burlington
Victoria Ward - Waterbury Center

Step 3
Rebecca Bishop - Bennington
Dawn Hiscock - Essex Junction
Corina Wood - Chester

Learn more about the Program Director Credential  HERE

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