Professional Development

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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.

Professional Development in 2017

As previously shared by CDD, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children will be in charge of regional professional development opportunities in 2017. This work will be run 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.

VB5 is pleased to be working with CCV and community partners during this time of change. We are working hard to make sure all child care and early learning providers have the support they need and access to high-quality local trainings in 2017. We have created this webpage where we will post updates on this work and links to other key resources. Here are our current plans:

  • Trainings required to meet licensing and qualification requirements are important and will be available across the state. VB5 will partner with community organizations to offer and/or pay for local and regional support and trainings for 2017. We plan to announce plans for each region by February 15th.
  • VB5 is working to offer a Fundamentals Class in Washington County, St. Johnsbury and Rutland as soon as possible (these 3 areas did not have a fall class). Announcements of class dates will be made by late January.

VB5 looks forward to working with you and serving you in this new way in 2017.

Current Training Opportunities

You can find free and low-cost options for online training listed on the Northern Lights website.

Click here to find training through the the Bright Future Information System Course Calendar. There are trainings in every area of the state planned already and more will be added. If you’ve never used the statewide calendar before, you can find a guide for using the system here:  Course Calendar Tutorial.

The CDD licensing unit has designed and piloted an Introduction to the New Regulations training and this will be offered online and in regional trainings beginning in January 2017. An orientation package that meets the new orientation requirement of the regulations is also being designed and will be offered in the early winter of 2017. Check on the CDD website for information about the new regulations and trainings.

Trainings are often available through approved Northern Lights sponsors and other state agencies such as the Vermont Department of Health. To ensure that any training you participate in meets the definition of professional development in the regulations (rule 2.2.36), please be sure that when you sign up, the sponsor provides you with verification of your attendance that meets the Northern Lights requirements (see the Certificates of Attendance list on the Northern Lights Cover Page).

You can also stay up-to-date and gather information for CDD by signing up to receive CDD updates by email.