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.

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.