Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council

Our Mission

The Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) works to enhance the knowledge, skills and status of child care providers by offering the Apprenticeship Program and other professional development activities, while coordinating and linking with other leaders and organizations, in order to build quality and sustain growth of the child care industry.

VCCICC’s mission is to support Vermont’s children, families, communities, schools and businesses through the recruitment, development, mentoring and retention of qualified child care professionals.

VCCICC’s vision is that high quality child care is available for all Vermont children.

Background

For centuries, society has known that one of the best ways to provide a highly educated, well trained, and dedicated workforce has been through apprenticeship. Vermont is one of the few states that offers an apprenticeship program in the trade of child care.

In 1998, following a Summit on the Hill led by First Lady Hillary Clinton, the US Department of Labor released Requests for Proposals to address the crisis of improving the quality of child care. Vermont took this opportunity to apply and began planning for the Child Care Apprenticeship Program. While 10 other grants were awarded, Vermont was special in its request. It was the only state to tie college level courses and on-the- job training to a statewide effort to ensure significantly higher wages for participants.

The VT Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) was formed to support the Apprenticeship Program and received not for profit status through the Internal Revenue Service. VCCICC collaborated with Champlain College to offer the first tuition-free courses for the Apprenticeship Program in 2001.  In 2003, VCCICC began contracting the Apprenticeship courses with the Community College of Vermont(CCV). The curricula for these classes were developed by qualified instructors in collaboration with representatives of the child care industry. This collaboration has been in place ever since, allowing VCCICC to offer the courses at different CCV sites across the state. As of January 2018, VCCICC has been able to offer college courses continuously for 51 semesters. Over 140 apprentices from across VT have completed the program since our first graduates in 2003.

As of March 15, 2018, the VT Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) and T.E.A.C.H.* Early Childhood® Vermont announced a NEW process to support the continuation of the Registered Child Care Apprenticeship Program across Vermont.  Apprenticeship is available when you are ready - no waiting for VCCICC to build a cohort and secure funding in your region. Apprenticeship students will register directly through CCV for courses at any CCV location after signing their T.E.A.C.H. scholarship contracts. VCCICC staff will continue to support apprentices, mentors and employers during the journey through the Registered Child Care Apprenticeship Program, including the introduction to higher education, collaboration with the VT Department of Labor, supporting apprentices, mentors and employers.

* T.E.A.C.H. - Teacher Education and Compensation Helps

Staff

Sue Ryan, Director of Programs

Pemberton Maxwell, Apprenticeship Coordinator

Lisa Kuehn, Assistant Program Coordinator

Board of Directors

Pat Nagy, President

Val Raney, Treasurer

Susan Paré, Secretary

Judy Bourbeau, Member

Maegen Huffstutlar, Member

Dawn Johnson, Member

Mary Beth Thomas, Member

Jan Walker, Member