Update on Transforming Vermont’s Early Childhood Professional Development System

03 November 2016

In Vermont’s CCDF State Plan for 2016 – 2018, CDD set a goal to launch a transformed system of training and professional development for early childhood professionals by January 2017. The new system will align with and incorporate established standards for programs and professionals in Vermont. CCDF is the primary federal funding source for professional development activities administered by CDD for early childhood and afterschool professionals in Vermont and the source of all funds identified for this transformation goal.

In working toward the goal, CDD convened an ad hoc workgroup to examine research into best practice and make recommendations regarding essential and desired elements of an effective delivery system in Vermont. The group included professionals working in family child care homes and centers and other stakeholders. This envisioning group worked over two months and delivered recommendations to CDD in late April.

In July 2016, CDD released a competitive Application for Initial Funding for the Vermont Early Childhood Professional Development System (VT EC PDS) - http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/ecpds-transformation.  Potential applicants and stakeholders had 3 months – July - September – to work together to design and propose a coordinated approach to a transformed system expressed in a collaborative, innovative application.

CDD received one application with a Lead Applicant and several identified partners. A Review Team of 7 individuals evaluated the proposal using the scoring rubric that was included in the Application for Initial Funding. By consensus of the Review Team, the application was rejected for being unresponsive to the required elements, components and criteria described in the Application for Initial Funding as necessary for a successful application.  

As specified in the Application for Initial Funding, when the competition results in no responsive applications CDD has the right to select a Grantee able to meet the requirements identified in the Application for Initial Funding. We are moving forward now to make that selection and negotiate an agreement to implement a transformed VT EC PDS beginning January 1, 2017. We will keep you informed as that process moves forward.