published by the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children

March/April 2009

Spring Speaker Series Event
Jim Woodard | VAEYC Conference and Publications Coordinator

Louise Derman-Sparks,
well-known author of
Anti-bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children

Champlain College in Burlington


Thursday, May 28th



1:30pm – 2:00pm: Registration

2:00pm – 5:00pm: Interactive workshop with Louise:
"Anti-Bias Education and Your Program"

5:00pm – 6:30pm Cocktails (cash bar) and buffet dinner

7:00pm – 8:30pm Evening Presentation by Louise:
"What's the Conversation in 2009? – Anti-Bias Education for our Children"

More information available on the events page of the VAEYC website.

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Week of the Young Child
Sandra Graves | Education Coordinator, Champlain Valley Head Start and VAEYC Board Member

Week of the Young Child
is April 19-25, 2009. This year’s theme is, “Bring Communities Together for Children…Children Bring Communities Together.” Established by NAEYC in 1971, Week of the Young Child is a time to celebrate young children and those who care for them. Week of the Young Child events celebrate how the early years build the foundation for children’s success in school and life. Take this time to come together with others in your community to support children and to celebrate the ways that children bring your community together!

To receive FREE educational resources and stickers to share at your event complements of VAEYC, to share your special event, or help raise awareness surrounding Week of the Young Child contact VAEYC board member Sandra Graves at or call 802-651-4180 x207.


Opportuniy For Public Comment on STARS Rules
Jan Walker | Director, Workforce Development and Quality Enhancement, Child Development Division |

The Child Development Division invites all child care and education programs and the general public to comment on the draft proposed rules for STARS (Step Ahead recognition System). The rules and the information as to how to provide comment are available by going to the Child Development Division website. Public comment will accepted through May 13, 2009...[read more]


NAEYC Accreditation:
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Gain easy access to all of the information about the NAEYC Accreditation criteria and the process to become NAEYC accredited! The Online Resource Center Headquarters (TORCH) was created to support program quality improvement through NAEYC Accreditation for Early Childhood Programs. TORCH
includes resources for early childhood programs in all steps of the NAEYC Accreditation process.

View more information on TORCH

NAEYC Accreditation homepage

In this issue:

President's Corner
Spring Updates

From the Executive Director
Report from Early Childhood Day
at the Legislature


Upcoming events...

April 19-25, 2009
Week of the Young Child

May 28th
VAEYC Spring Speaker Series
Champlain College | Burlington, VT

June 14–17, 2009
NAEYC's 18th National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development

Charlotte Convention Center | Charlotte, NC
more information | registration

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November 17th–21st
NAEYC Annual Conference
Washington, DC


Easy Advocacy Opportunity

You can sign on to show support for increasing funding for Vermont's child care tuition assistance (formerly susbsidy) program. The first 1000 signatures on the petition were delivered to the Governor on Early Childhood Legislatve Day, March 13, 2009. We are hoping to deliver another 1000 before the end of the Legislative Session in May!

Click here to sign the online petition.


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Look for the next edition of eConnections in June!