These resources are for staff of child care programs, registered home child care providers, preschool teachers, afterschool program staff, and other professionals in the early childhood and afterschool field to access and maintain Professional Development.
Resources for Professionals
Professional Development Resource Hotline
Call: 802-540-8168 or
The Professional Development Resource phone and email hotline is available 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, Vermont Birth to 5 will arrange local onsite support, including scheduled face-to-face time with an experienced child care/early learning provider who can help. The hotline and email will be staffed Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Emails and phone calls will be answered and/or responded to by an experienced early childhood professional within 24 business hours.
Look here for a list of workshops, classes and presentations about how best to work with young children, school age children and their families. Classes are around the state, and are often low cost or free.
Northern Lights Career Development Center provides information and resources on:
- Advising on professional development planning
- Core Competencies for early care and afterschool professionals
- Information about professional credentials
- Training, presentations and outreach on all these topics and more
Grants available to Vermont early childhood and afterschool professionals who are taking specific training activities. Grants are also available to regional and statewide organizations that offer professional development opportunities.
The Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) works to enhance the knowledge, skills and status of child care providers.
Your IPDP shows that you reflected on your current skills and knowledge. It details your thinking and planning about what challenges and interests you, what you want to learn and do next, and when.
Tracking Your Professional Development
BFIS Quality - Credentialing Account
A BFIS Credential account is a place where staff of child care programs, registered home child care providers, preschool teachers, afterschool program staff, and other professionals in the early childhood and afterschool field can save their professional development information.
If you have a credentialing account, you can access your account information online to track and maintain your training records. If not, request an account at the BFIS Help Desk.
To verify and submit Professional Development into Bright Futures Information System (BFIS) Quality and Credential Account