Save the Dates! 2011 Fall Conference
Thursday and Friday October 20/21, 2011

With the dog days of summer upon us, it might seem like October is a long way off... but we're hard at work planning a fantastic fall conference for you again this year! We're delighted to welcome our two keynote speakers to Vermont, Rusty Keeler on Thursday October 20th, and Jason Kotecki on Friday the 21st. In addition to our keynote presenters, we're also excited to welcome two other well known early childhood professionals as featured speakers at this year's conference: Jeanine Fitzgerald on Thursday, and Scott Noyes on Friday. To find out more about each presenter, please click on their name or on one of the pictures below. To learn more about their presentations at the VAEYC conference, please click here to visit our website.

Keynote Presenters

Rusty Keeler Jason Kotecki

Other Featured Speakers

Jeanine Fitzgerald Scott Noyes


President's Corner: Reflections from NAEYC's Professional Development Institute
Robin Ploof, VAEYC Board President

It was an honor and privilege to represent Vermont as a member of Affiliate Council at NAEYC’s Professional Development Institute in Rhode Island. The main work of leadership at the national level was continued work on NAEYC’s National Dialogue Initiative. The National Dialogue was opened by NAEYC last year as an attempt to create a better working relationship between affiliates and NAEYC. Last year the work focused on developing guidelines for the process as the dialogue moves forward. This year is focusing on the guiding principles for building relationships that grew out of last year’s dialogue. [read more]

Where Are You on the Career Development Ladder?
Maureen Young-McCarthy, Coordinator
Northern Lights Career Development Center

The Career Ladder for early childhood professionals is a tool for tracking and planning your professional growth. It is based on the Vermont Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals and the Vermont Department of Education Professional Standards topic areas for early childhood endorsement. Each of the six levels combines both education completed and professional experience with children and families. It incorporates a number of different professional stepping stones currently available in Vermont into one Northern Lights Professional Development System. Each person can complete a level at his or her own pace, and Northern Lights awards a certificate for each level achieved. [read more]

Family Child Care News
Theresa Robinson, VAEYC Board Member

  • The VCCPA has a new website that is up and full of information pertinent to family child care. Check it out!

  • Ellen Drolette and Sara Driscoll attended the World Forum for Early Care and Education as Global Leaders in Honolulu, Hawaii. The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is sponsoring Ellen and Sara as they embark on a two-year project focused on strengthening family child care associations nationally in partnership with NAFCC. Ellen and Sara will travel to Miami in November 2012 to particpate in further training with the North American global leaders. They also wll be doing research and consulting as they gather more information regarding association strenghs and weaknesses at the 2011 annual NAFCC conference in Henderson, Nevada in late July.

  • SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, September 17, 2011 8:30am - 3:30pm
    Hilton Hotel, Burlington, VT
    FAMILY CHILD CARE CONFERENCE: Creating Strong Children through a Healthier Body, Mind and Spirit
    Keynote speaker: Nikki Darling-Kuria, author of Brain-Based Early Learning Activities: Connecting Theory and Practice.
    The Vermont Child Care Providers Association invites family child care early educators for a day of inspiration, interaction, learning and laughs. A variety of vendors and organizations will be represented. Opportunities to gather resources and purchase materials will be available. Brochures for the Family Child Care conference are forthcoming. Watch the VCCPA website for more information!

Seeking Awards Nominations
Sandra Graves, VAEYC Board Member

We are seeking nominations for the 2011 VAEYC Early Childhood Professional awards! VAEYC is pleased to be accepting nominations for two early childhood professionals in Vermont. Both the VAEYC Member Dedication Award and Aspiring Early Childhood Professional Award will be given to individuals who provide quality care and education on a daily basis to young children and their families. He or she is committed to building excellence for children, and has shown dedication and outstanding service to young children. The awards will be presented at the fall conference in October. To nominate someone for one of these awards, download and complete the application.