The VAEYC Annual Early Childhood Conference & Retreat is October 13, 14, & 15 at UVM’s Davis Center in Burlington. We are excited to announce Chip Donahue will be our keynote on Thursday and the topic will be “Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors,” Friday author and illustrator Stephen Kellogg and Mary Bridgid Barrett will present on storytelling and illustrating and Saturday will focus on the NEW Vermont Early Learning Standards.  Save these dates and check back for updates! 

IMG_2133 (2)Local Resident to be Awarded 2016 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL®National Child Care Teacher Awards  Jackie Deering of Bridport, VT will receive her award at a special ceremonyon April 16, 2016  in Philadelphia, PA
King of Prussia, PA, February 29, 2016– The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF) is proud to announce that Jackie Deering at the Otter Creek Child Center in Middlebury, VT has been selected to receive the 2016 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Award.  This exemplary early care and education teacher was selected from a pool of applicants nationwide.  Jackie will receive an award of $1,000 on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:30pm in Philadelphia.
There are a total of 49 National Child Care Teacher Award recipients for 2016.  The recipients of the Terri Lynne Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Awards designed an enhancement project that illustrates the educational, social and emotional benefits for the children in their care. Jackie’s award-winning project that she will implement with a grant from the awards program is “The Sensory Table Project”. A new sensory table will be added to Preschool Classroom that will provide new ways for the children to explore and experiment with many different types of materials.
A committee of national early childhood educators and experts reviewed and scored the applications. Each recipient receives a $1,000 award: $500 to implement their proposed project and $500 to acknowledge their dedication.
From the inception of the Teacher Awards program in 1994 the TLLCCF, with the inclusion of the 2016 recipients, will have presented 892 awards totaling more than $850,000 to early care and education teachers and providers for their dedication and excellence.
TLLCCF Interim Executive Director Jamie Lokoff stated, “The field of early childhood education has made great strides as being an essential first step in the formal education of a young child.  Child care teachers are being recognized for the important role they play in providing learning opportunities for as young as 6 weeks of age to five years old.  The teachers, particularly those honored as our national award winners, are professionals.  Their curriculum-based lesson plans are designed to further children’s natural creativity and stimulate curiosity to explore.  Teachers play a vital role in the development of children. They introduce children to reading and writing, expanded vocabulary, creative arts, science, and social studies. They use games, music, artwork, films, books, computers, and other tools to teach concepts and skills.”
Continued Lokoff, “My sister Terri, for whom the organization is named, would applaud the winners for their commitment and enthusiasm as dedicated child care teachers.  Just like Terri knew, the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation knows that a child’s first learning experience helps set him or her on a path to a successful school career. The Foundation is proud to honor child care teachers for their professionalism.”Children’s TYLENOL® has been the title sponsor the National Child Care Teacher Awards for sixteen consecutive years.  Children’s ZYERTEC® is an official sponsor of the event.  Both brands are a part of McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.
About The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation
The TLLCCF has been working for 29 years to make America better by improving early care and education. The Foundation has dedicated its resources to improving the quality of child care for children and supporting and elevating the status of child care teachers and providers.  TLLCCF is a nonprofit, nonsectarian 501(c)(3) organization established in 1987 by Kay and Fred Lokoff to honor the memory of their daughter Terri Lynne Lokoff, a devoted child care teacher who died tragically in an automobile accident.  The Foundation continues the work of Terri Lynne and those who work in the field of early care and education to ensure that every child has an opportunity to attend a high-quality child care program.
For additional information about the Foundation or the National Child Care Teacher Awards™, please visit or call 610.992.1140.
For additional information about Children’s TYLENOL®, visit For information about Children’s ZYRTEC® visit


VAEYC Board Member-at-Large, Andrea Sambrook, recently represented us in Washington, D.C. at the Public Policy Forum….we are active in not only our state, but also have a presence at national events.

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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.

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Exciting news…


Sonja Raymond Interim Director

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Executive Director

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

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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:

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Final Fast Facts – Help Me Grow

Autism Early Warning Signs

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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

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