Starting Points Networks
Starting Points Networks are made up of local groups of early childhood professionals across 12 regions in Vermont who take initiative through leadership, professional development and peer support to encourage, learn and grow together.
What began in the 1990s as a national initiative researched and funded by the Carnegie Corporation, has become a sustained resource through the combined work of the State of Vermont Department for Children and Families, Child Development Division (CDD) and Vermont Birth to Five. There is an annual grant process through Vermont Birth to Five to which regions may apply. Technical assistance and support is available for grant writing through VB5.
- In 2017, a total of $199,500 in grants were distributed in all 12 regions. This funding was used for professional development activities, outreach to new child care providers and provider recognition events.
Starting Points Networks hold regular meetings to provide a comfortable and engaging way for providers to connect with others in their field. As a group member you actively participate and feel empowered to identify opportunities and challenges, propose solutions and celebrate achievements. In addition, in 2017, network leaders were brought together twice for a statewide meeting to discuss best practices and key statewide development.
The following are some examples of network growth and development in 2017:
- There are 474 members participating in Starting Points Networks statewide.
- Vermont Birth to Five supported 666 hours of network–based professional development in the 12 regions in 2017.
For more information about Starting Points, please contact Lorraine Vernet (802-760-8878 | Email).