VTAEYC is committed to the ongoing professional development of its members and of all early childhood education professionals. To achieve this, VTAEYC hosts, co-sponsors and supports several professional development events each year, including the annual fall Early Childhood Conference, and the Spring Speaker Series.

Early Childhood Education Roundtable with Rep. Peter Welch

10:30 AM Wednesday, January 26

Rep. Welch, VTAEYC, and a panel of Vermont early childhood educators discussed early childhood education in Vermont and the nation. Rep. Welch provided an update on the Build Back Better bill and important provisions that support the early childhood education workforce. Educators from around the state shared the challenges that educators and the families they serve are facing as well as ideas for short- and long-term solutions that will create the equitable early childhood education system we all need. Watch the roundtable recording here.

TEACH Scholarship Informational Webinars

Join VTAEYC and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT for information about the specific scholarship options that are offered for early childhood educators.

Associate Degree Scholarship Sessions

Feb. 7th, 2022 at 1pm EST, Register here

Feb. 9th, 2022 at 6pm EST, Register here

Bachelors Degree Scholarship Sessions

Feb. 9th, 2022 at 1pm EST, Register here

Feb. 11th, 2022 at 6pm EST, Register here

Licensure/Endorsement Scholarship Sessions

Feb. 14th, 2022 at 1pm EST, Register here

Feb. 15th, 2022 at 6pm EST, Register here

Apprenticeship Scholarship Sessions

Feb. 16th, 2022 at 1pm EST, Register here

Feb. 16th, 2022 at 6pm EST, Register here

VTAEYC 50th Anniversary Kick Off

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

Board President Sharron Harrington, President-Elect Christina Goodwin, Executive Director Janet McLaughlin, and Membership Director Ann Moore kicked off VTAEYC’s 50th year! 

  • Learn more about our programs and services
  • Find out about VTAEYC membership benefits
  • Network with others
  • Learn about ways to get involved

Thanks for joining us! We had so much fun connecting with all of you.

TEACH Scholarship Program General Information Session

Join VTAEYC and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT for a general information session to learn about scholarship opportunities for early childhood educators.

This virtual info session was held on December 2nd, 1-2pm EST. You can watch the recording here.

Affordable Health Insurance: Open Enrollment for 2022

Join VTAEYC and VT Health Connect for a webinar on affordable health insurance. The focus will be on 2022 Open Enrollment and getting information to educators and employees who need health insurance.

Please take a look at these resources ahead of the webinar for some background information.

This webinar was held on December 1st, 6-7pm EST. You can watch the recording here.

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Higher Education Scholarship & Grant Opportunity Webinar

Calling ECE directors, owners, and supervisors: attend our new webinar and learn how to guide your staff to grants and scholarships now available to help Vermont early childhood educators pay for higher ed courses.

Join VTAEYC staff and our partners from the Vermont State College system and VSAC to learn about opportunities available and how to help your staff access them.

This webinar was held on Aug. 4th, 1-2pm EST. You can watch the recording here.

Affordable Health Insurance Webinar #2:  Vermont’s Office of the Health Care Advocate: A Key Resource for You and the Families You Serve

We know that affordable health insurance is vitally important to Vermont’s early childhood educators and the families you serve. Join us for Part 2 of a discussion on the topic with Alicia Roderigue of the Office of the Health Care Advocate, a project of Vermont Legal Aid. Alicia will review the free supports and services that the Office of the Health Care Advocate provides for Vermonters who have questions about health insurance or access to care. In addition, she will offer information and answer questions regarding Vermont’s programs designed to make health insurance more affordable including Medicaid, Dr. Dynasaur, and Vermont Health Connect.  She’s also a great resource to answer new or lingering questions on the upcoming changes within Vermont Health Connect presented by Sean Sheehan of the Department of Vermont Health Access during the May 18th webinar.

This webinar was held on June 9th, 6-7pm EST. You can watch the recording here.

Affordable Health Insurance: Why Now is the Right Time for Early Childhood Educators to Re-Explore Vermont Health Connect

Did you know that the American Rescue Plan includes funding to make health insurance much more affordable? New federal investments are set to significantly increase benefit levels and dramatically expand eligibility.

This is great news for early childhood educators who often lack employer-sponsored health care and are too often uninsured or underinsured.

VTAEYC is hosting a webinar with Sean Sheehan of the Department of Vermont Health Access. Sean will give us an overview of the upcoming changes and walk us through how to figure out how this could impact you, your family, and your colleagues.

This webinar was held on May 18th, 6-7pm EST. You can watch the recording here.

Breathing Room affinity series

SESSION DATES: Thursday May 20, 27, June 3, 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST via Zoom.

This communal affinity series is free and open to early childhood educators who identify as People of Color. Our time together will be dedicated to building connection with one another and openly processing our wide range of experiences in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. This space will deeply honor BIPOC wholeness, joy, hardship, nuance, community care, and racial trauma.

Group facilitation will also include psychoeducation for mental and emotional health management as well as tools for self-advocacy and communal strategizing within the work environment. Participants are invited to experience a conversation in the style of group therapy, engage in breakout spaces, activities, and receive informational handouts.

Sponsored by VTAEYC and facilitated by Courtney (Coco) Casper.

Courtney Casper (she/her) is a clinical social worker, local multicultural, first-generation changemaker, per diem counselor at UVM Counseling & Psychiatry Services, and an MSW candidate at Smith College. As a queer, American child of immigrants, she holds a deep affinity for exploring intimacy and attachment with people of all ages and identities. Her decade of professional history reflects her investment in BIPOC-centered healing and open critical dialogue across settings. Courtney emphasizes humor, multiplexity, and deconstruction of power in her clinical and personal work.

***This affinity space is free and open to all People of the Global Majority (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) who are early educators living and working on unceded Abenaki lands commonly known as Vermont.***

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If you have any questions, please reach out to Chani Krech: chani.krech@vtaeyc.org.