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.


Saturday, October 1, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
October 4-11, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
November 1-8, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
November 10-17, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
December 6-13, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Your professional development is a journey, and you need to know the lay of the land. Topics will include: navigating your BFIS Quality & Credential account; identifying where you are and/or where you want to be on Vermont's Early Childhood Career Ladder; level certificates and bonuses; options for higher education; and professional development resources.


Thursday, October 20, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Friday, December 2, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Participants will learn one of the key components of emotionalintelligence, self-regulation. They'll dive into how and when different parts of the brain are activeor shut down. The training will outline how to maintain a baseline, regulated central nervoussystem and ways to hold space for emotions in order to enter into self-regulation. These tools areessential for co-regulating with children and families.


This training contains no sessions
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.


This training contains no sessions
Join your colleagues to deepen your knowledge and practice implementing developmentally appropriate practices in the early childhood classroom. Participants will receive a digital copy of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs (4th edition) released by NAEYC in 2021. Session topics will be determined by participants in partnership with the facilitator based on areas of the book you wish to explore. A community of practice is a multi-session, facilitated conversation among members of a particular group with a goal of creating positive change related to an area of common interest. This community of practice is designed for advanced practitioners with strong knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice.


October 11, 2022 to November 15, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
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.


November 29, 2022 to December 13, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
This advanced-level training explores the impacts of culture and temperament on infant and toddler social-emotional development. Participants will explore strategies to support self-regulation for infants and toddlers that consider the child's developmental stage, temperament, and culture. Participants will practice differentiating between typical and atypical development on the path toward self-regulation, and identifying which supports are most appropriate for infants and toddlers with regulatory challenges.


This training contains no sessions
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.


This training contains no sessions
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
Participants will identify what they are inspired to learn more about and how to document their goals within their Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP). Participants will review the elements of an IPDP, practice how to complete a self- assessment related to the Core Knowledge Areas and create three professional development goals based on this assessment. Participants will also learn how to update their IPDP in their BFIS account.


Monday, October 3, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Monday, November 14, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
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.


Tuesday, December 6, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
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


October 3-5, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
November 10-17, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Get to know what is required to earn the Program Director Credential and how this pathway of professional recognition supports best practice for program directors. Each Step of the credential is discussed in detail as participants explore the Program Director Core Knowledge Areas.


Monday, October 24, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Participants who work in child care or afterschool programs will demonstrate procedures for receiving, storing, preparing, administering, and documenting administration of medications for children; describe and demonstrate what to do for signs and symptoms of an asthma attack and allergic reaction; and describe symptoms of adverse reactions to medication and actions to take when they are observed.


Wednesday, October 12, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Tuesday, October 18, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Wednesday, October 26, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Wednesday, November 16, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Tuesday, December 6, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Wednesday, December 14, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Come join us for a fun and hands-on workshop guiding practitioners to examine their program's current Transition Planning practices while designing new and innovative ideas for engaging families in the transition process. In this training, participants will discuss and practice planning successful transitions from home to preschool, or preschool to kindergarten. Participants will come away with an action plan and a personalized calendar of events created for their families that can be used right away.


This training contains no sessions
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.


November 2-30, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
This training provides strategies for early childhood and afterschool programs to welcome and support children and families who are experiencing homelessness. Participants will explore the impacts of homelessness on young children and their families, common stigmas and attitudes toward homelessness, and local and regional resources.


Tuesday, October 18, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Wednesday, November 30, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Thursday, December 8, 2022, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Join a Northern Lights Resource Advisor for an overview of Northern Lights and the supports we offer. Participants will review Bright Futures Information System (BFIS) Quality Credentialing accounts and what needs to be submitted, discuss staff education requirements and pathways to meet them, and identify different types of trainings and how to make sure they count. Bring your professional development questions and learn some helpful tips and tricks to share with your staff.


This training contains no sessions
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, 2022 to November 8, 2022, Northern Lights Online Anytime