Specialized Child Care Training Requirements

Specialized training is for those who serve vulnerable children and their families in child care settings, provide intensive services in early childhood classrooms or in families’ homes, or consult with teachers or directors who work with children and families.

Basic Specialized Care (BSC) Training

This training is one of the requirements to become a Specialized Child Care Provider.  It is a 6 hour training, offered face to face in various  communities in Vermont.  It is also embedded in the Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals 45 hour course. In addition, to the Basic Specialized Care (BSC) training programs must take Mandated Reporter training. The Mandated Reporter training is available here http://dcf.vermont.gov/protection/reporting/mandated.

To find a training near you go to the Bright Futures Information System (BFIS) Course Calendar – http://brightfutures.vermont.gov

Advanced Specialized Care (ASC) Training

Advanced Specialized Care (ASC) trainings are the annual, ongoing training requirement after attending Basic Specialized Care (BSC). These trainings or coursework support professionals in enhancing their skills and knowledge to meet the unique needs of children and their families. Trainings taken for ASC hours should focus on one or more of the following topics: recognizing, addressing, and including children with special health or developmental needs; atypical and challenging behaviors; behavior and trauma; family engagement; professional teams; and self-care for professionals.

There are many trainings that can be used to meet the ASC requirements.  Training may be completed in face to face settings or online, and must meet the following criteria to be entered and verified in your BFIS Quality & Credential Account as ASC training by Northern Lights.

Advanced Specialized Care (ASC) Criteria: 

  • A minimum of two hours long
  • Clearly falls within one of categories listed in the ASC Training Guidance Document.
  • Entered and verified in your BFIS Quality & Credential account by Northern Lights @ CCV

If you have a question about whether a training meets criteria contact Northern Lights at CCV at 802-540-8168 or at professional.development@ccv.edu.

Always be sure the ASC training you complete is entered into your BFIS Quality and Credential account.  If it is not offered by a BFIS sponsor, complete and send this cover sheet with your professional document to Northern Lights to enter into your BFIS Quality & Credential account.

Contact Us

Miranda Gray, Interim Deputy Commissioner
Child Development Division (CDD)
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1040
Phone: (802) 241-3110 or 1-800-649-2642
Fax: (802) 241-0846

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