Child Care Professional Development
Helping to increase quality child care in the Lamoille Valley is the focus of the Early Childhood Professional Development System. Child Care Support Services staff at the Lamoille Family Center support both new and existing child care providers to access continuing education through regional and state training opportunities. Acting as a resource, staff at LFC answer provider questions and refer them to valuable and required professional development to improve quality, remain up to date on best practice and reach career goals. Working in collaboration with a larger state wide system, the LFC provides child care providers with regional support to navigate and identify appropriate resources.
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What is STARS?
STARS is a Vermont initiative designed to expand the ways providers are rewarded for program quality. The STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) program adds to the many efforts the Child Development Division (CDD) has already established to improve the quality of care for Vermont children.
To apply for STARS recognition, child care providers complete a self assessment and submit supporting documentation. Providers can apply for recognition in five arenas:
- Compliance History
- Qualifications and training
- Families and community
- Program assessment
Any program that is part of STARS has gone above and beyond what is required under state regulation.
Professional development and career planning for early childhood and afterschool professionals:
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