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A bit about our new Executive Director….

Sonja Raymond

In 1986 I graduated from Johnson State College with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education birth-21 years.  In 1992 I received my Master’s degree in Special Education.  For 14 years I worked in the public school system as a special educator, 7 years at an elementary school in Randolph, VT and 7 years at the middle and high school in Stowe, Vt.


In June of 2000 I decided to make a change in my life and bought Apple Tree Learning Centers in Stowe. This child care, preschool and school-age center was a great change.  I very quickly found out that early education is where it’s at if you want to get the biggest bang for your buck.  Apple Tree became NAEYC Accredited in April of 2007 and I became the VAEYC Accreditation Coordinator.


In 2011 the VAEYC board decided to start a center-based mentoring program (The Quality Improvement Project), which assists programs through the STARS process and/or NAEYC Accreditation.  I started mentoring for that project and soon became the Coordinator of the project.  I continued to own and operate my center throughout.

and she adds…..

I was very fortunate to find an amazing Assistant Director for Apple Tree, which has allowed me to step away from my business 3 days a week and take on my very recent roll as VAEYC’s Executive Director.  I am very excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this amazing organization.



DPD forms from the 2015 VAEYC Conference CLICK HERE!

The VAEYC board and staff would like to express their appreciation for all the patience that you have shown while waiting for your documentation of professional development forms.  We are happy to announce that the DPD form generator is now LIVE on our website and you will be able to download and/or print your DPD certificates from the conference!

You will simply click on the link on the main page at and it will take you to another page where you will enter your first and last name as you would like them to appear on your DPDs.  You can save the file as a PDF document and/or print them out.  We have sent the necessary documentation to Northern Lights in early November, and anticipate that the trainings will be reflected on your BFIS Quality and Credentialing accounts shortly. (If you have questions about obtaining information about a BFIS Quality & Credentialing Account, you can access a tip sheet here: ).  If you need additional help with your BFIS account, you may also contact the BFIS Help Desk at: 1-800-649-2642.

 Did you have the pleasure of attending the 2015 VAEYC Conference and Retreat in Killington?  If so, please enter an evaluation on the survey link below.  We would be most grateful!!



 Click the link below to view the T.E.A.C.H Annual eReport  2015


Exciting news…


Sonja Raymond Interim Director

Sonja Raymond
Executive Director

Lisa M. Guerrero Vermont T.E.A.C.H. Oversight Coordinator

Lisa M. Guerrero
Vermont T.E.A.C.H.
Oversight Coordinator


We wish to announce that Lisa Guerrero will be focusing her new work with VAEYC as the oversight coordinator for the VT chapter of TEACH. Her new role will support this important state wide program which offers early educators a pathway to obtaining an Associate’s degree through cost sharing between TEACH, employers and students. This unique program is directly linked to growing a more highly qualified early childhood work force across VT!

Lisa will team up with Sonja Raymond, Executive Director, to ensure that the Vermont TEACH program is a strong model representing the state at the National level. Sonja, a long standing board member and experienced program director, leads the Quality project (supporting programs as they seek national accreditation) and is active in the legislature with issues relating to the Child Care Financial Assistance program (CCFAP). Please welcome both Lisa and Sonja to the leadership team at VAEYC!

 Drolette-Ellen.jpg-nggid03166-ngg0dyn-90x120x100-00f0w010c011r110f110r010t010 Ellen Drolette, Burlington, VT Licensed Home Child Care provider has been recognized by Exchange Magazine for being a Master Leader in the field of early childhood education. Please help celebrate and recognize Ellen!

See more about this amazing honor here:

Link for T16-The New Licensing Regulations:  Overview & Next Steps

Materials for T21-Developmental Monitoring:  Strategies, Resources and Tools to Inform Practice, Improve Early Identification of Developmental Concerns and Autism, and Share Concerns with Families:

Distribution Instructions for Vermont 2


Yellow Brick Road VAEYC 10.15.2015


Final Fast Facts – Help Me Grow

Autism Early Warning Signs

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Link for S4 – The New Licensing Regulations:  Overview & Next Steps

Quick Links:

Institute of Medicine Report:  Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Vermont: (AA degree scholarships)

Meet the T.E.A.C.H. Recipients and Graduates

Quality Improvement Project

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