Addison County Regional Council Recap – May 2018

Darla Senecal
Addison & Rutland Region Coordinator
Building Bright Futures




In meeting with area child care centers and home providers several challenges keep rising to the top:

  • Staffing
  • Low-wages
  • Limited growth within organizations.

The Addison County Council has been looking at ways to address these issues and to support programs and most importantly, serve the children and families who rely on them.

Members of the Addison Council have had several meetings with Community College of Vermont to create a 3 –credit class that would help build leadership within organizations and help ensure sustainability and growth of programs going forward.

The class would be a non-profit management course with an emphasis on child care. Currently CCV has several courses to draw from:

  • Small Business Management
  • Principles of Supervision
  • Effective Workplace Communication

The Council also identified these additional topics as important components for the course: Community Development/networking, Board Management, Consensus Building, Fundraising, and Employee Supervision.

The concept for this class came about as part of the Council’s desire to develop leadership among early childhood professionals in Addison County. The cost of the class would be greatly reduced or free with support from BBF council funds as part of the Early Learning Challenge grant. The class will be offered in the fall of 2018.

Additionally, the Addison directors group held a meeting Adri Taylo-Behrman, Resource Advisor, Northern Lights at CCV, Winooski & Middlebury.  Northern Lights has a slate of classes available that meet the annual professional development requirements for Child Care licensing qualifications or Specialized Child Care training requirements. Northern Lights is offering several classes concerning trauma-informed care among others.

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