FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2013
Contact: Lynn Robbins, Department for Children and Families – Child Development Division, (802) 769-6160
New Funds to Train Early Education and Afterschool Workers
Essex Junction, VT – The Vermont Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $106,000 to the Department for Children and Families – Child Development Division (CDD) to help train Vermont’s child care professionals. Over 4,000 Vermonters currently work in child care, making it one of the state’s largest workforces. Having highly trained child care professionals is critical to children’s well-being as research shows a strong link between caring, skilled adults and learning.
“These funds will help us meet some specific training needs identified by child care workers in a recent survey,” said Jan Walker, Director of Statewide Systems for the Child Development Division. “We hope to provide training for up to 400 people who currently work in CDD regulated child care programs through this DOL/ CDD training initiative.”
A variety of agencies and organizations that support the early childhood and afterschool workforce will be awarded CDD grants to provide both online and face-to-face trainings on a variety of topics, ranging from entry level to college level courses.
Participating in these trainings will help licensed child care centers and registered homes to maintain or increase the points they earn in STARS — a points-based system for recognizing quality child care, preschool, and afterschool programs in Vermont.
For more information on the grant as well as links to the workforce survey and listing of available trainings, go to http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/professional_development/news.