Trainings

Basic Specialized Care is a six-hour introductory training for early childhood and afterschool professionals who serve vulnerable children and their families in regulated child care and afterschool settings. This training is one of the requirements to become a Specialized Child Care Provider in Vermont. Topics covered include caregiving together with families; child abuse, neglect, and trauma; understanding differences in development; and understanding children's behavior.


September 23-28, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Saturday, October 16, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
October 18-25, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
October 28, 2021 to November 4, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Saturday, November 20, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
November 30, 2021 to December 7, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
December 2-9, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Mindfulness is much more than a buzzword and deep breathing! Emotional Intelligence and Well-Being are at the core of mindfulness and creating space for intentional and non-judgmental awareness starts with each of us. We are all stressed, perhaps more than ever, and our emotional regulation can be enhanced through an ongoing mindfulness practice and commitment to being present. When adults model the ability to pause, stay focused, and respond with kindness and curiosity, we help to build emotional intelligence in the children and families we serve. In addition, mindfulness enables staff to show up and bring their full presence and attention to the workplace. Join us to learn how to build a toolbox for implementing mindfulness techniques and fostering a culture of kindness and compassion in your early childhood setting.


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This training for higher education faculty and trainers provides an overview of the tools and resources in the Creating Anti-Racist Anti-Biased Early Childhood Spaces: Supporting Each and Every Young Child and Family's Full and Equitable Participation course syllabus. Participants will share and discuss ways to use the course content to engage students in critical conversations about race, bias, equity, inclusion and social justice, and the racial history of early childhood programs and racism that is currently embedded in early childhood practices.


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This training uses the medium of children's literature to explore dynamic identities such as race, culture, ethnicity, gender identity, and family composition in early learning settings. Participants will examine representation in children's literature, learn strategies for talking about difference with children, and explore tools to positively embrace students and families of diverse identities in their programs.This training uses a 2+2+2 training design. There are three parts to this training: 1) a two-hour Online Real Time training session; 2) two-hour assignment practicing or implementing the training material; and 3) another two-hour Online Real Time training session focused on reflection and next steps related to the training material. To receive the full 6 training hours you must attend both Online Real Time training sessions and complete the independent assignment.


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This culminating experience of the Program Director Credential combines a multi-session training series and community of practice designed specifically for early childhood and afterschool program directors pursuing Step 3 of the Credential. Training sessions are led by experts in the field and the facilitated community of practice enables participants to engage deeply with the material and with their peers.


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This training will explore the importance of emergency preparedness in child care settings and strategies for protecting children and staff members in the event of an emergency. Participants will review the Vermont child care regulations regarding emergency response plans and will practice developing a plan specific to their early childhood program.


October 6-20, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
November 2-16, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Data practices that are centered in equity not only improve program systems and services but ensure that all children meet their full potential. This session for early childhood teachers, practitioners, and leaders introduces a process for programs to engage in equity-centered data practices that are designed to eliminate inequities so that children's outcomes are not predicted by their demographic characteristics such as race, gender, socioeconomic status, language, or ability. The Vermont Guiding Principles: Supporting Each and Every Young Child and Family's Full and Equitable Participation is used as the framework to ground data practices around equity.


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This training uses reflection and conversation to introduce critical concepts in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. Participants will practice strategies to effectively manage ethical dilemmas that arise in their work with children, families, and coworkers.This training meets the Advanced Specialized Care Training requirements.This training uses a 2+2+2 training design. There are three parts to this training: 1) a two-hour Online Real Time training session; 2) two-hour assignment practicing or implementing the training material; and 3) another two-hour Online Real Time training session focused on reflection and next steps related to the training material. To receive the full 6 training hours you must attend both Online Real Time training sessions and complete the independent assignment.


October 7-14, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
November 2-9, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
November 15-22, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
This training includes broad introductory content designed specifically for early childhood professionals related to eight core knowledge areas: child development, families and communities, observing and assessing, how we teach, what we teach, healthy safe environments and nutrition, professionalism, and program organization.


October 6, 2021 to January 12, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Have you been thinking about reaching a new level on the Early Childhood Career Ladder or completing a college degree? Did you know that you can get credit for the college-level learning you've gained through your work, self-study or other trainings to help you reach your goals more quickly?Join us for a Prior Learning Assessment Informational Workshop designed specifically for Early Childhood Education Professionals to learn more about getting college credit for what you already know. For more than 40 years, the Vermont State Colleges System has been helping adults get college credit for their on-the-job learning. Now more than ever, Early Childhood Education Professionals are accessing these resources to save time and money. Attend this workshop to learn about the options, ask questions, and hear testimonials from those who have made use of these options.


This training contains no sessions
This training by the Child Development Division Licensing Unit will provide a review of the Vermont child care regulations and discuss how they are linked to developmentally appropriate practice.


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This training provides an introduction to the Strengthening Families Framework and the five Protective Factors. This training is appropriate for individuals who are new to Strengthening Families and have not taken any previous training on the topic.This training meets the Advanced Specialized Care training requirement.This training uses a 2+2+2 training design. There are three parts to this training: 1) a two-hour Online Real Time training session; 2) two-hour assignment practicing or implementing the training material; and 3) another two-hour Online Real Time training session focused on reflection and next steps related to the training material. To receive the full 6 training hours you must attend both Online Real Time training sessions and complete the independent assignment


September 29, 2021 to October 6, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
November 11-18, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
December 3-10, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Children who have experienced trauma behave and learn differently because of what they have gone through. This training provides the basic tenets of Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and demonstrates how correlating picture books can be used to initiate conversations about feelings. The overall goal of the training is to help ECEs successfully guide the children in their care as they identify feelings, regulate accompanying emotions, and learn how to use words to communicate with others.This training meets the Advanced Specialized Care training requirement.This training uses a 2+2+2 training design. There are three parts to this training: 1) a two-hour Online Real Time training session; 2) two-hour assignment practicing or implementing the training material; and 3) another two-hour Online Real Time training session focused on reflection and next steps related to the training material. To receive the full 6 training hours you must attend both Online Real Time training sessions and complete the independent assignment.


October 2-16, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
October 12-26, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
October 27, 2021 to November 10, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
November 4-18, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
This training will strengthen child care providers' understanding of staff recruitment tools, organizational staff support systems, and elements necessary to support retention of talented staff.


This training contains no sessions
This 12-hour series provides a comprehensive exploration of the Strengthening Families Framework and the five Protective Factors. Participants will explore parental resilience, social connection, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence and practice strategies to effectively embed these protective factors into their early childhood programs. Prerequisite: All participants must have a working knowledge of the Strengthening Families Framework and Five Protective Factors before attending this training.This training meets the Advanced Specialized Care training requirement.


October 6-28, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
October 18, 2021 to November 4, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
November 13-20, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
November 30, 2021 to December 15, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
The goal of this training is to increase your awareness of racial, ethnic and class biases. It will focus on structural competency models to advance equity work within early childhood programs. Dr. Avila will offer best practice models to address disparities that disproportionately affect historically underserved communities.


This training contains no sessions
In this training, participants will explore the impact of early childhood trauma as it affects children, families and childcare providers. The training will include the definitions of trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and the characteristics of toxic stress and how it relates to child development. Participants will explore best practices in early childhood and afterschool settings.This training meets the Advanced Specialized Care training requirement.This training uses a 2+2+2 training design. There are three parts to this training: 1) a two-hour Online Real Time training session; 2) two-hour assignment practicing or implementing the training material; and 3) another two-hour Online Real Time training session focused on reflection and next steps related to the training material. To receive the full 6 training hours you must attend both Online Real Time training sessions and complete the independent assignment.


October 2-9, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
October 6-13, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
October 21-28, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
November 10-17, 2021, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Voices of Learning offers a deep dive into effective instruction and training design for adult learners. Participants will explore the foundational principles of adult learning, identify learning styles and strategies for intentional design, and learn how to design achievement-based learning objectives. Participants will discover how to create training designs that are both meaningful and relevant to their audience while making the training engaging and immediately applicable. This course meets the requirements for formal training in adult learning and instructional design in the Instructor Registry (https://northernlightsccv.org/roles/instructors/). This is a completely online training. You must have an invitation to register for this training. Participants who successfully complete this training will earn 12 professional development hours.


October 18, 2021 to November 8, 2021, Northern Lights Online Anytime
Winter is a perfect time for early childhood educators to foster scientific inquiry skills with our children. We will explore ten science explorations and experiments for children to gain a deeper understanding of the physical properties of objects and materials. We will also examine how to offer tools and other simple technology for engaged playful winter learning.


This training contains no sessions