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Professional Preparation & Development Committee

The mission of the Building Bright Futures (BBF) Professional Preparation and Development (PPD) Committee is to develop, coordinate, and promote a comprehensive system of quality learning opportunities for current and prospective early childhood and afterschool professionals. One of the BBF statewide committees, the BBF PPD committee works to equip the early childhood workforce across sectors in the early childhood system with the common knowledge and skills needed to support children’s optimal learning and development and family stability.

The committee helps to lead and develop the system by ensuring appropriate representation of voices across the early childhood and afterschool spectrum, including voices representing K-3, Children’s Integrated Services, Early Childhood Special Education, Afterschool direct service and others. PPD meets monthly for 2 hours with an annual full day planning retreat. There are 15-18 identified representative members of PPD, though all meetings remain open to anyone who wishes to participate. Meetings are held monthly by Zoom.

Co-Chairs

Committee Membership

Amaryah Pendlebury, Family Child Care, Vermont Early Childhood Networks

Beth Truzansky, Building Bright Futures

Bill Bonsignore, Rutland City Public Schools Afterschool Programs

Diane Hermann-Artim, CCV and Northern Lights at CCV

Dianne Carter, Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children 

Joanna Von Culin, Puffer Child Care Center

Joanna Houston, Greater Burlington YMCA 

John Cipora, Springfield College

Johanna Vaczy, VT STARS Program

Kate Rogers, VT Agency of Education

Lauren May, Barre Unified Union School District

Lauren Smith, VT Department of Health

Michelle Maitri-Mudita, Children’s Integrated Services, Northeast Kingdom Learning Services

Rebecca Bishop, Bennington County Head Start and Early Head Start

Sara Forward, Children’s Integrated Services

Sharron Harrington, Let’s Grow Kids

Staci Otis, Family Child Care, Vermont Early Childhood Network 

Tricia Pawlik, Vermont Afterschool, Inc.

The PPD Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 10:00am – 12:00pm via Zoom. 

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