- Apprenticeship Specific Resources
- Community Partners
- Glossary of Terms for Early Childhood in Vermont
Apprenticeship Specific Resources
Blank Work Process Hours Worksheet (requires Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers or equivalent spreadsheet application)
Daily Activities Assessment Tools
Are you looking for an objective tool to observe interactions between staff members and the children and families you serve? VCCICC’s Daily Activity Assessment Tools, 2nd edition, is a spiral bound book containing over 20 individual assessments in common activities, from hand washing to engaging a child in conversation to facilitating transitions and parent conferences.
This is the place for parents, early childhood and afterschool programs, and professionals to get answers to questions about child care and the services available to help ensure that high quality child care is available to every child in Vermont.
For professional development opportunities throughout Vermont refer to the Course Calendar.
Serves a dual role as both the Vermont Early Childhood Advisory Council and 501(c)(3) statewide network, aligning local solutions of 12 regional Councils with policy at the state level in order to make improvements in access, quality, and affordability of early care, health, and education for families and young children 0-8.
The CDD is part of the Vermont Department for Children and Families. Its goal is to increase access to high-quality services that are developmentally beneficial for children and strengthen families. They do this by working with programs within communities to coordinate and deliver services that meet families' needs. There is a host of information and resources related to child care on their website.
For information about Grants for Professional Development and Individual Professional Recognition Bonuses click here.
Feel free to get a head start on our application process by filling out CCV’s online admissions application. Under the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Model of Apprenticeship: (began March 15, 2018) Apprentices will enroll directly with CCV for their required coursework after completing the T.E.A.C.H. Apprenticeship Scholarship application. You DO need to be accepted as a CCV student before taking courses for Apprenticeship.
Let's Grow Kids (LGK) is a statewide campaign about the need for more high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont to better support our children, families, women, communities and economy. Who's Who and What's What in Vermont's Early Care and Learning System is a report from LGK's and Vermont Birth to Five that is a fantastic resource for everyone involved in early childhood in Vermont.
Northern Lights at CCV works with many partners to unify and enhance the professional development system for early childhood and afterschool professionals in Vermont. It is funded by a grant from the Child Development Division of the Vermont Agency of Human Services. There is a wealth of information about professional development on their website.
To see the Early Childhood Career Ladder, click here.
T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) is a comprehensive scholarship program that provides the early childhood workforce access to educational opportunities and is helping establish a well-qualified, fairly compensated and stable workforce for our children.
VtAEYC is an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s largest membership organization for early childhood professionals. Learn more about their mission, programs and services, including the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT Scholarship Project, on the VTAEYC website.
High quality, sustainable early care and education in all its forms—play, rest, nutrition, safety, learning and more—this is the work of Vermont Birth to Five. It is our expectation and our commitment to Vermont children and families. VB5’s sister organization is Let’s Grow Kids–a statewide campaign raising awareness of the importance of the first five years.
The Alliance is a statewide coalition of early childhood professionals, parents, businesses and strategic partners working together to realize the promise of every Vermont child.
Information about apprenticeship in general.
VSAC advocates for students and their families to make sure that they have the information, the counseling and the financial aid to achieve their education goals. Apprentices under the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Model apply to VSAC for Vermont Non-Degree Grants.
|Acronym||Definition||Description||Link to more information|
|ACEs||Adverse Childhood Experiences||Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are events or environmental factors that occur during childhood and have the potential to cause trauma and/or negatively affect a child’s sense of stability and safety.||Center for Disease Control's explanation of ACEs|
|Act 166||Universal Prekindergarten Education||Act 166 of 2014 provides access to publicly-funded prekindergarten education for Vermont students. All prekindergarten education programs, including Head Start and public school-operated programs, must meet specific requirements to operate in Vermont. The State Board of Vermont created administrative rules to guide Act 166 implementation by the Agency of Education and the Agency of Human Services.||VT AOE Universal Prekindergarten|
|ADD / ADHD||Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder||Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).||NIH information on ADHD|
|ADM||Average Daily Membership||A funding formula used through the Vermont Department of Education to support the cost of educating children in the public school system. Early childhood programs may qualify to access this funding if they meet the requirements set forth by the DOE.||Average Daily Membership|
|AED||Automated External Defibrillator||An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electricity which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.||Red Cross AED Training|
|AHS||Agency of Human Services||The goal is to improve the conditions of well-being of Vermonters today and tomorrow and protect those who cannot protect themselves. AHS funds programs and provide services both directly through our departments and in cooperation with our community partners. Areas include criminal justice, health issues, children/families, juvenile justice, mental health, substance abuse and elderly/disabled.||Vermont Agency of Human Services|
|ALICE||Alert/Lockdown/Inform/Confront/Escape/Evacuate||ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Trainings provide preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. Whether it is an attack by an individual person or by an international group of professionals intent on conveying a political message through violence, ALICE Training option based tactics have become the accepted response, versus the traditional “lockdown only” approach.||ALICE Training|
|ALIS||Agency Licensing Information System||Vermont Online Licensing System for Educators||Vermont Online Licensing System for Educators|
|AOE||Agency of Education||State of Vermont Agency of Education||Vermont Agency of Education|
|ASQ||Ages and Stages Questionnaires||Ages and Stages Questionnaires are a set of developmental screening tools for infants and young children.||Ages & Stages Questionnaires|
|ASQ/SE||Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional||ASQ:SE-2 is a screening tool that is designed to identify children who may be at risk for social or emotional challenges.||Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ®:SE-2)|
|BBF||Building Bright Futures||A public/private partnership to leverage private contributions to sustain a system of early childhood services to Vermont’s children. Local advisory boards designed to identify and address the needs of children and families in their communities. Many local early childhood councils also facilitate the Success by Six initiatives in their areas. Statewide committees are either in the planning stage or are in place.||Building Bright Futures|
|BFIS||Bright Futures Information System||Database managed through the Child Development Division-has ability to track Professional Development in Quality Credential Account as well as reporting attendance for tuition assistance for families (subsidy).||Vermont Bright Futures Child Care Information System|
|BRC||Blue Ribbon Commission||The Commission’s job was to determine the hallmarks of a quality child care program and to recommend to the Legislature and governor strategies to support affordable, quality child care in Vermont. The Commission issued their final report in December of 2016.||Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care|
|CACFP||Child and Adult Care Food Program||CACFP provides reimbursement and guidance for child care program to meet nutritional needs of adults and children who spend a portion of their day in supervised facilities. Licensed programs can access funding for CACFP through the Department of Education. For family child care programs, support is often housed within child care resource and referral agencies or another community partner.||Vermont Child and Adult Care Food Program|
|CCA||Child Care Aware||Child Care Aware is a hub of child care information for parents and child care providers, which help families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Our program also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs. Furthermore, CCA provides assistance to the United States Military and Department of Defense to serve and support their families through the Child Care Fee Assistance Programs.||Child Care Aware|
|CCDBG||Child Care Development Block Grant||Federal dollars that support all aspects of early childhood systems including resource and referral, child care subsidy payments, grant opportunities (professional development and equipment) and is administrated through the Child Development Division.||Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014|
|CCFAP||Child Care Financial Assistance Program||Federal and state dollars used to pay for child care. Families must apply; they and their provider of choice will be notified the amount of ‘subsidy’ the family is eligible to receive. This may or may not cover the full cost of care.||Vermont Child Care Financial Assistance Program|
|CCV||Community College of Vermont||Twelve locations across VT and online learning options; students access degree and certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services. CCV’s mission: to support and challenge all students in meeting their educational goals through an abiding commitment to access, affordability, and student success.||Community College of Vermont|
|CDA||Child Development Associate||Facilitated through the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC, the CDA National Credentialing Program’s purpose is enhance the quality of child care by defining, evaluating and recognizing the competence of child care providers and home visiting. A provider becomes a CDA or earns (and therefore gets) their CDA credential. Grant funding is available through the Child Development Division to support applying for this credential.||Council for Professional Recognition|
|CDC||Child Development Center||The Child Development Clinic provides developmental evaluation for children who are thought to have a developmental concern, cognitive disability, or autism spectrum disorder, or a known condition affecting development, for children (generally under age 8) who may have a developmental delay or disability. Every child should be screened for developmental concerns by their primary care provider.||Child Development Clinic|
|CDD||Child Development Division||State of VT Child Development Division (within the Department of Children and Families) The mission is to assure a statewide system that promotes and supports safe, accessible, quality child care for Vermont families. Services include child care subsidy, licensing and regulatory oversight for child care programs, professional development systems and quality improvement incentives (such as bonuses for credentials and degrees, training dollars for community workshops and college courses, grants).||Vermont Child Development Division|
|CIS||Children’s Integrated Services||CIS is a resource for pregnant or postpartum women and families with children from birth to age six. CIS can help: Pregnant or Postpartum Women - with questions or concerns about a condition or risk situation that impacts your or your baby's health or safety; Families - questions or concerns about providing a stable, healthy environment for your children; Children - If you are the parent of a child age 6 or younger, and you have questions or concerns about a suspected developmental delay or condition.||Vermont Children's Integrated Services|
|CLASS||Classroom Assessment Scoring System||The Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™) is an observational instrument developed at the Curry School Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning to assess classroom quality in PK-12 classrooms. It describes multiple dimensions of teaching that are linked to student achievement and development and has been validated in over 2,000 classrooms. The CLASS™ can be used to reliably assess classroom quality for research and program evaluation and also provides a tool to help new and experienced teachers become more effective.||Classroom Assessment Scoring System|
|CPI||Crisis Preventive Institute||Mission Statement: The Crisis Prevention Institute is dedicated to advancing the safe management of challenging and potentially violent behavior through providing high-quality, meaningful training programs, resources and services which promote safe and respectful work environments, and striving to set the global example for advancing this mission to raise the standard for behavior management training worldwide.||Crisis Prevention Institute|
|CPR||Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation||An emergency procedure that combines chest compression often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. It is indicated in those who are unresponsive with no breathing or abnormal breathing, for example, agonal respirations. Current recommendations place emphasis on high-quality chest compressions over artificial ventilation; a simplified CPR method involving chest compressions only is recommended for untrained rescuers. In children only doing compressions may result in worse outcomes.||CPR|
|CSEFEL||Center for Social/Emotional Foundations of Early Learning||CSEFEL is a national resource center that focuses on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.||Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning|
|CUPS||Children’s Upstream Services||Now part of Children’s Integrated Services|
|DCF||Department for Children and Families||The Department for Children and Families was created in 2004 by a merger of the Office of Child Support (OCS), the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), the Department of Prevention, Assistance, Transition, and Health Access (PATH, formerly the Welfare Department), and the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS).||Vermont Department for Children and Families|
|DEC||Division for Early Childhood||Promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families. ?||Division for Early Childhood|
|DECA||Devereaux Early Childhood Assessment||The Devereux Center for Resilient Children's "Devereux Early Childhood Assessment" (DECA) Program provides teachers and families with a strength-based assessment and planning system designed to promote resilience in children.||Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health|
|DOL||Department of Labor (VT or US)||The Vermont Department of Labor’s works to promote Vermont’s economic strength by assisting employers & employees.||Vermont Department of Labor
United States Department of Labor
|ECE||Early Childhood Education||Early Childhood Education is a term that refers to educational programs and strategies geared toward children from birth to the age of eight. This time period is widely considered the most vulnerable and crucial stage of a person's life. Early childhood education often focuses on guiding children to learn through play. The term commonly refers to preschool or infant/child care programs.|
|ECERS/ITERS||Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale/Infant-Toddler Environmental Rating Scale||A tool designed to assess group programs for children of 6 weeks through kindergarten age. Also available are FCCERS (Family Child Care) and SACCERS (School Age Care). This tool is commonly used to assess programs that are applying for a rating through the Vermont Step Ahead Recognition System. ECERS/ITERS can also be used as a self-assessment tool.||ECERS/ITERS|
|ECLI||Early Childhood Leadership Institute||The Early Childhood Leadership Institute was initiated in 2014 and seeks to stimulate enthusiasm for and effective participation in efforts to improve early childhood work in Vermont. A group of diverse participants will come together each year for twelve seminar days over six months, to gain leadership skills and a deeper knowledge and understanding of the science and landscape of early childhood issues in Vermont. ECLI will give participants the information, tools and inspiration to make greater contributions in their organizations, their communities and Vermont toward early childhood issues.||Early Childhood Leadership Institute|
|EEE||Essential Early Education||This statewide program coordinates early childhood special education services for children ages 3 through 5. Services are administered by local school districts in conjunction with local early childhood service providers to ensure inclusive educational environments.||VT Statute on Essential Early Education|
|EEI||Early Education Initiative||Established by the Legislature in 1987, EEI prepares at-risk preschool children for success in kindergarten and beyond. EEI serves children who are ineligible or inadequately served by existing early childhood education programs. Coordinated with community programs to avoid duplication and to make the best possible use of resources, EEI services also fill gaps created by restrictive requirements or insufficient resources.|
|EI||Early Intervention||(See IDEA-Part C below)|
|ELL||English Language Learners||An English language learner (often capitalized as English Language Learner or abbreviated to ELL) is a person who is learning the English language in addition to his or her native language. The instruction and assessment of students, their cultural background, and the attitudes of classroom teachers towards ELLs have all been found to be factors in ELL student achievement. Some ways that have been suggested to assist ELLs include bringing their home cultures into the classroom, involving them in language-appropriate content-area instruction from the beginning, and by integrating literature into the learning program. Some educational advocates, especially in the United States, prefer for a student learning any second language the term emergent bilingual.||Vermont DOE Information on ELL|
|ELP||Early Learning Plan||An ELP is an individualized learning plan for children ages 3-5.|
|ELP||Early Learning Partnership||Under Act 60/68 school districts can choose to generate education funds for three to five year old children below school age who live in their town and receive educational services. Some school districts have been involved in a partnership with early childhood programs even before this legislation.|
|ESI||Early Screening Inventory||The Early Screening Inventory-Revised (ESI-R™) 2008 Edition provides a brief developmental screening instrument designed to be individually administered to children from 3.5 to 5.11 years of age. It identifies children who may need special education services in order to perform successfully in school.||Early Screening Inventory|
|EST||Educational Support Team||As part of its Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS), all schools will maintain an Educational Support Team (EST). 16 V.S.A. § 2902. EST members engage in collaborative problem-solving to determine whether additional supports are needed for a student to make appropriate progress, and to monitor that progress. This may include academics, attendance, behavior, or enrichment activities. The team can offer suggestions for student supports that may not have been considered in previous planning efforts.|
An EST has standing members and meets regularly, typically weekly or bi-weekly. EST meetings result in assigned action steps. The EST has an effective method of documenting meetings and decisions.
|Educational Support Team - A Deeper Look|
|FAFSA||Free Application for Federal Student Aid||Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.||FAFSA|
|FITP||Family Infant and Toddler Program||Now part of Children’s Integrated Services Early Intervention|
|HCRS||Health Care Rehab Services||HCRS provides services to those in crisis, children, youth, families, and adults. Their mission is to provide creative, collaborative, and compassionate health care services that are responsive to the needs of VT communities.||HCRS for Southeast Vermont|
|IDEA Part C||Individuals with Disabilities Education Act||Early Intervention program for infants and toddlers provides a broad array of services to children with special needs, birth through three years of age, and their families.||IDEA Part C - Early Intervention Services for Infants & Toddlers|
|IEP||Individualized Education Plan||Created for children with special needs ages 3 and up to determine supports that will be put into place to support the child in their educational setting.||VT IEP Forms|
|IFBS||Intensive Family-Based Services||IFBS provides time-limited, intensive intervention for families in which a child is at imminent risk of removal from the home for reasons of abuse, neglect, or severe emotional disturbance. Its primary goal is prevention of out-of-home placements. In instances where children have been placed out of the home, the goal is to reunify them with their family.|
|IFSP||Individualized Family Support Plan||Used with children with special needs under the age of 3, the family is integral in planning the supports need for their children to be successful in their learning settings (including home).||What is IFSP?|
|IPDP||Individual Professional Development Plan||A mapping of professional development goals, typically set for one year and reviewed annually. All staff in licensed child care programs are required have IPDP’s on file. Formats are available on the Northern Lights Career Development Center’s website.||IPDP Information|
|LAUNCH||Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health||No longer active: Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), a grant program of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by Building Bright Futures, which seeks to promote the wellness of young children, ages birth to 8. Project LAUNCH focuses on improving the systems that serve young children, with the goal of helping all children reach physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral milestones.||Project LAUNCH Information|
|LGK||Let’s Grow Kids||Let's Grow Kids is a statewide campaign about the need for more high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont to better support our children, families, communities and economy.||Let's Grow Kids|
|LSB||Licensing Standards Board||The professional standards team helps support the work of the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE) and local and regional standards boards (L/RSBs) and provides assistance to educators who are undergoing the process of re-licensure.||VT Professional Standards|
|M.A.T.C.H.||Mentoring, Advising, Teaching, Coaching, Consulting, Helping||MATCH is the collective name for the professionals who provide individualized support to early childhood and afterschool professionals and programs in Vermont. MATCH Professionals: an umbrella term for mentors, coaches and consultants working in the early childhood/afterschool fields. A database of mentors is coming soon within Northern Lights Career Development Center’s website.||Information on M.A.T.C.H. from Northern Lights Career Development Center|
|MCH||Maternal & Child Health||Maternal and child health (MCH) refers to the health of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents. It also refers to a profession within public health committed to promoting the health status and future challenges of this vulnerable population.||Definition of MCH|
|MWFK||Make Way for Kids||The goal of Make Way for Kids is to create 500 high-quality child care spaces in Vermont annually. To achieve this goal, VB5’s work will be tailored to the local needs of communities across the state to increase the availability of high-quality early care and learning programs through two strategies: 1) Program Expansion and Start-Up Assistance (Grants and technical assistance) and Workforce Development (Coaching and technical assistance) Make Way for Kids is the next phase in VB5’s efforts to ensure that all children have access to high-quality, affordable early care and learning by 2025.||Make Way for Kids|
|NAEYC||National Association for the Education of Young Children||The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.||NAEYC|
|NAFCC||National Association of Family Child Care||Provide technical assistance to family child care associations through developing leadership and professionalism, addressing issues of diversity, and by promoting quality and professionalism through NAFCC's Family Child Care Accreditation. Grant funding is available through the Child Development Division to support applying for this accreditation.||National Association for Family Child Care|
|NL/CCV||Northern Lights at CCV||Northern Lights at CCV is the hub of the professional development system for early childhood and afterschool professionals in Vermont. We offer trainings, career advising, and friendly support to assist with your professional development goals.||Northern Lights Career Development Center|
|OT||Occupational Therapist||An occupational therapist works with a client to help them achieve a fulfilled and satisfied state in life through the use of purposeful activity or interventions designed to achieve functional outcomes which promote health, prevent injury or disability and which develop, improve, sustain or restore the highest possible level of independence. Occupational therapists are concerned with the occupations of people and how these contribute to health. Specifically it is a person's occupational performance that influences their health and personal satisfaction of their individual needs.|
|PBIS||Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports||Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), the Technical Assistance Center on PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior support. The broad purpose of PBIS is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of schools and other agencies. PBIS improves social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups.||Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports|
|PT||Physical Therapist||Physical therapists combine physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention (therapy using mechanical force and movements). In addition to clinical practice, other activities encompassed in the physical therapy profession include research, education, consultation, and administration. In many settings, physical therapy services may be provided alongside, or in conjunction with, other medical services.|
|QCA||Quality Credential Account||The place in BFIS that holds your professional information is your Quality-Credential Account. A Quality-Credential account in BFIS is about YOU. Each staff person working in a regulated program has one.||QCA Fact Sheet|
|QRIS||Quality Rating Improvement System||QRIS is a system of evaluating the quality of early care and school-age care and education programs. Vermont’s Quality Rating System is called STARS.||National QRIS Information|
|STARS||STep Ahead Recognition System||STARS is Vermont’s quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs. Programs that participate in stars are stepping ahead — going above and beyond state regulations to provide professional services that meet the needs of children and families.||Vermont STARS|
|STEM||Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics||STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and includes a vast array of subjects that fall into each of those terms.||STEM Information from the US Department of Education|
|STEAM||Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Mathematics||STEAM is a variation of STEM that includes an 'A' for art and design. Artistic design is becoming an important part of STEM education because creativity is an important part of innovation.|
|SLP||Speech Language Pathologist (sometimes called Speech Therapists)||Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, a cleft palate or autism.||VT AOE SLP Information|
|T.E.A.C.H.||Teacher Education and Compensation Help||The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT is a cost-sharing scholarship model and provides a comprehensive education and support network to states that are committed to increasing the availability of accessible, affordable college education and workforce supports for professionals working in a variety of early education settings. Vermont’s first scholarships are targeted to an AA degree through the Community College of Vermont. Eligible applicants work in licensed or registered early childhood programs as teachers, directors or home-based providers. T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® is an evidence-based, outcomes-driven and effective national strategy.||T.E.A.C.H. Vermont|
|TPR||Termination of Parental Rights||Termination of parental rights may be voluntary or involuntary. Voluntary termination of parental rights is difficult except under certain circumstances. This is because children are generally seen to have a right to a parental relationship and, particularly, a right to receive financial support and care from both parents. However, every state has a statute that permits the termination of the parent child relationship either voluntarily or involuntarily. Involuntary termination usually stems from misconduct by one parent. Surprisingly, voluntary termination of parental rights tends to be even more difficult to accomplish than involuntary termination.||Child Welfare Information Gateway|
|TS GOLD (TSG)||Teaching Strategies GOLD||TSG is an assessment tool used in early education classrooms.||TSG|
|VB5||Vermont Birth to Five (formerly Vermont Birth to Three)||Now merged with Lets Grow Kids: Established in 2011 as Vermont Birth to Three, the work of Vermont Birth to Five initially sought to address gaps and augment existing services to directly support registered family child care providers, with a specific focus on infant and toddler care. Over the next four years, the work expanded to include licensed center-based programs and children ages birth to five. Vermont Birth to Five formed in July 2015 to combine two programs of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children – Vermont Birth to Three and the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative. This new entity will assure greater coordination of efforts toward achieving the Permanent Fund’s mission, which is to ensure that every Vermont child has access to high quality, affordable early care and education.||Let's Grow Kids|
|VCCAP||Vermont Child Care Apprenticeship Program||VCCAP is a training program, which began (in Vermont) in 1999 following receipt of an Implementation Grant from the US Department of Labor. The Program combines 4000 hours of on-the-job training with 297 hours of Related Instruction in early childhood education.||VCCAP|
|VCCPA||VT Child Care Providers Association||VCCPA is a non-profit, professional organization offering peer support for Vermont's child care providers. Our mission is to, "Represent child care providers & promote professional connections," in order to achieve our vision that all of "Vermont's children thrive," through quality care & experiences.||VCCPA|
|VCCICC||Vermont Child Care Industry & Careers Council||Development began in 1998, to oversee development and implementation of the VT Child Care Apprenticeship Program. Through the receipt of grant and other funding, a sequence of six tuition-free college courses are available to the child care community. 501 (c) (3) status was achieved in 2000. This organization (in partnership with Community College of VT) was awarded a grant in 2004 to develop the Northern Lights Career Development Center (NLCDC). VCCICC oversees:|
• VCCAP- Vermont Child Care Apprenticeship Program
• C of P - Certificates of Proficiency for high school technical students. An outside assessor from the industry goes in to observe specific job skills (Handwashing, Engaging a Child in Conversation, etc.), a written report is submitted and an interview is conducted.
|VCHIP||Vermont Child Health Improvement Program||VCHIP brings together broad expertise to improve child health care in Vermont and nationally. It facilitates cross-functional partnerships including researchers, practitioners, insurers, professional organizations, and government. These collaborations provide a unique opportunity to listen and learn from one another, gather fresh ideas and innovative solutions, and inform public health.||VCHIP|
|VCIC||Vermont Criminal Investigation Center||Established on July 1, 1970, VCIC is the State's repository for a number of criminal record information systems, including Criminal History Information, Sex Offender Registry Information, Vermont Marijuana Registry, Crime Statistics, Criminal History Repository, Identification Bureau, National Crime Information Center (NCIC), National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS)||Vermont Criminal Investigation Center|
|VELS||Vermont Early Learning Standards||The Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS) help inform families about the development and capabilities of children from birth through grade 3 and guide educators in the development and selection of program-wide curriculum and educational strategies for children from birth through grade 3. These standards are central to the shared vision of what we want for young children in Vermont; and highlight the importance of high quality early childhood experiences as the foundation for school success and lifelong learning. Plainly said, early experiences matter. Beginning in 2012, a cross-section of early childhood development and education stakeholders convened to begin the task of revising the VELS; originally published in 2003.||VELS|
|VFN||Vermont Family Network||Vermont Family Network (VFN) empowers and supports all Vermont families of children with special needs so that all children reach their potential. Our vision is that all Vermont families help their children reach their potential. The values which guide us are: Family-Centered, Respect, Collaboration, Making a difference, and Accessibility.||Vermont Family Network|
|VSAC||Vermont Student Assistance Corp||Created by the Vermont Legislature in 1965 as a public nonprofit agency, VSAC advocates for students and their families to ensure that they have the information, the counseling and the financial aid to achieve their education goals. They begin by helping families save for education. Counselors work with students in nearly every Vermont middle school and high school, and again as adults. The financial aid programs attract national recognition, and their loan programs and loan forgiveness programs are saving Vermont families thousands of dollars in interest.||Vermont Student Assistance Corporation|
|VT-HEC||Vermont Higher Education Collaborative||VT-HEC is a non-profit formed in 2000 with the mission of addressing personnel and training needs related to improving education outcomes for all students. We accomplish this by gathering together organizations and experts in a variety of areas to collaborate in the design and delivery of comprehensive, long-term and coherent programs of professional learning opportunities and school supports.||Vermont Higher Education Collaborative|
|VTAEYC||Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children||The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC) will enhance the quality of early childhood programs and professional practices, and advocate for young children (birth through 8 years) and their families to realize the promise of every Vermont child.||Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children|
|VtBDC||Vermont Business Development Center||The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) offers no-cost expert assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Their goal is to help you make informed decisions so that you can grow and sustain your business over time and can assist with 1) Startup planning, 2) Financing, 3) Sales/marketing, 4) Growth strategies, 5) Financial management and 6) Operations.||VT Business Development Center|
|WIC||Women, Infants, and Children||WIC provides healthy food, and a whole lot more, including nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care and other community programs.||Vermont WIC
USDA Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
|WOYC||Week of the Young Child||The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.||NAEYC Week of the Young Child|