Professional Development

Training Opportunities

VB5 is pleased to be partnering with several community organizations to offer professional development for early childhood providers across the state. Training are organized by region. To view trainings, please click on the links below. Once you have selected a training, easy registration is just a few clicks away. We will be updating the training regularly so be sure to check back! We also encourage you to visit the BFIS course calendar to view additional training opportunities. If you’ve never used the statewide calendar before, you can find a guide for using the system here: Course Calendar Tutorial.


Call the Professional Development Resource Hotline!

Vermont Birth to Five (VB5) is pleased to announce its new statewide Professional Development Resource phone and email hotline for early childhood learning and care professionals (Call 802-540-8168 or email The Professional Development Resource phone and email hotline is available Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM to all child care providers and employees in the state to answer professional development questions. For questions that can’t be answered by email or telephone, VB5 will arrange local onsite support, including scheduled face-to-face time with an experienced child care/early learning provider who can help. Emails and phone calls will be answered and/or responded to by an experienced early childhood professional within 24 business hours.

April 2017 Professional Development Update

As previously shared by CDD, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children is in charge of regional professional development opportunities in 2017. This work is being led by VB5, which is a Permanent Fund project that provides peer mentoring, training, and other resources to early childhood educators and providers. In 2018, the Community College of Vermont (CCV) will assume responsibility for regional training and technical assistance activities.

Vermont Birth to Five (VB5) has agreements in place with seven community partners to offer 90 trainings (representing over 610 hours of training) in eight regions of the state. The trainings that will be offered as a result of these agreements began in February and will continue throughout 2017.

The current community partners are Child Care Resource, Family Center of Washington County, Orange County Parent Child Center, Mary Johnson Children’s Center, The Family Center at NCSS, Sunrise Family Resource Center, Windham Child Care Association and Mud City Kids.

VB5 expects to expand agreements by the end of April and additional partners will include VSA Vermont’s Start with the Arts, Vermont Center for the Book, Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children, BBF–St. Johnsbury and Rutland Central School. These additional agreements represent over 700 hours of proposed professional development for the field.

VB5 is also working with Starting Points leaders and other community agencies to schedule training in Newport and Springfield. A training schedule will be in place and sent to providers in these areas in late April.

In the next few weeks, VB5, along with its community partners, will be unveiling an online registration system for professional development and training. Providers will be able view and sign up for training by region. We will be sure to let you know when this new feature is ready!

Providers should continue to check the BFIS course calendar as trainings are being added every day.

Have a question about professional development? VB5 and its partners are pleased to offer local support: