Professional Development Opportunities and Information

15 October 2020

Information in this announcement:


First Aid & CPR

The regulatory requirement for you and/or staff to complete this training and to remain certified continues, because it is critical during this time for you and/or staff to be trained in the life saving techniques of CPR and Pediatric First Aid. However, in-person options may not be available due to public health guidelines. You and/or staff may always choose to attend an in-person training or a hybrid training (online training with an in-person skills assessment) offered by an approved training organization.
From March 1 through December 31, 2020, you may also choose a fully online CPR and Pediatric First Aid training offered by an approved training organization and documentation will be accepted, entered, and verified in your BFIS Quality and Credential Account by Northern Lights at CCV. This also applies to new staff (permanent and/or temporary) that do not have certification in CPR and Pediatric First Aid.

VtAEYC Virtual Conference

The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VtAEYC) is offering training with national speakers and trainers in virtual opportunities this year, in place of their conference. Their conference will take place in two parts.

Part I: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the crusading pediatrician who first researched and revealed the lead in the blood of Flint, Michigan's children. Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World" and USA Today's "Women of the Century," she continues to work to mitigate the impact of the water crisis on Flint’s children.  In her powerful book, What the Eyes Don’t See, and her personal and inspiring speeches, she motivates audiences to speak out against injustice.

  • Wednesday, October 28: 6 - 8:30 p.m. Keynote followed by panel discussion
  • Thursday, October 29: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Workshop 1 OR 6 - 8 p.m. Workshop 2 (same content, different times)

Register for Part I Here

Part II: Ijumaa Jordan describes herself as a fat, Black, cis-gendered woman (she, her, her’s) daily engaging in the beautiful struggle of life, doing the internal and external work to abolish systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, transphobia, and classism, etc. Ijumaa shows up for this work with intensity and passion, being joyful, thinking critically, and holding a learning space with care and grace. She loves afternoon naps and snacks, you can usually find her online looking serious and laughing loudly.

  • Monday, November 2: 6 - 8:30 p.m. Keynote followed by panel discussion
  • Thursday, November 5: 1 - 3 p.m. Workshop 1 OR 6 - 8 p.m. Workshop 2  (same content, different times)

Register for Part II Here

Vermont Afterschool Big Thought Speaker Series

Vermont Afterschool is  offering a Big Thought Speaker Series this fall! The Big Though Speaker Series has two nationally renowned and recognized keynote speakers delivering virtual workshops. This is a very special opportunity to learn from these thought leaders and the workshops will be open to all. Anyone working with youth in any capacity will not want to miss this!  These are being offered for FREE thanks to our generous funders.  You can register for both speakers or select individual dates.
The workshops include:

  • Disruptive Innovation with Darrell “Coach D” Andrews.Dates: October 16, 2020 (9-11 a.m.) and October 23, 2020 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Equity 2.0: Deeper Learning with Dr. Pedro Noguera. Date: November 6, 2020 (10-11 a.m.)

 Visit the Vermont Afterschool website for more information and to register.

Center Based Child Care and Preschool Program (CBCCPP) Regulations Training on Revisions

The Center Based Child Care and Preschool Program (CBCCPP) Regulations were revised, and are effective 9/1/2020. We are partnering with Northern Lights at CCV to offer trainings as an opportunity to learn about the revised regulations and how they apply to your program. These trainings are free. Each date is designed specifically for the audience named with the date. Training hours may be used to count towards annual professional development requirements. Pre-registration for these free trainings is required.
Public School Prekindergarten Coordinators and Administrators
Wednesday 10/21 2:00-4:00 pm
Program Directors and Licensees
Monday 10/26 6:00-8:00 pm
Public School Administrators
Thursday 10/29 3:30-4:30 pm
Program Directors and Licensees
Friday 10/30 1:00-3:00 pm

Bright Futures Information System (BFIS)

The Bright Futures Information System (BFIS) is Vermont’s early care/education and afterschool data system. BFIS supports the work of many different people who care for children in Vermont. BFIS does many things for child care programs, early care and afterschool providers, individuals, preschool programs and more.  The place in BFIS that holds your professional information is your Quality - Credentialing Account.

Northern Lights at CCV supports you by verifying professional development and entering verified information into your BFIS account so that it can count for licensing and is available to you in the future. It is important for you to log into your BFIS account to see what information is already entered prior to sending documentation to Northern Lights at CCV. Refer to the Professional Development Cover Sheet to determine what professional development can be verified in your BFIS account.

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