March/April 2014

In this Issue: Spring Speaker, 2014Fall Conference, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Vermont, and much more!

“Parents and Caregivers: The impact you have on your infants’ and toddlers’ social and emotional development”

VAEYC/Champlain College Spring Speaker:
Dr. Tweety Yates

April 30th, 2014 6:30-8:30PM 
Champlain College, Alumni Auditorium, Burlington, VT
Admission: $20 pre-registration, $25 at the door 

Dr. Tweety Yates is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of adult-child interaction and development. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from her experience. 
Click here to learn more and register for this event.
Champlain College Masters of Education In Early Childhood Education
On-Campus Information Session

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Where: Champlain College, Aiken Hall 
     Please join us prior to the Dr. Yates event to learn more about how the Champlain M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education program can help you engage on a deeper level as an early educator and create professional opportunity. 
     Meet with Program Director, Robin Ploof, current M.Ed. students and graduate admissions representatives and learn how Champlain’s M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education program can help you grow as an educator.  
Click here to learn more and register for the open house.

Mediation Seminar with Susanne Terry
Conflict Engagement Skills for Education Professionals: Creating Effective Work Environments
When: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Champlain College, Wick Hall
Admission: $70  
If you’re a school administrator, teacher, board member or union steward—or any professional that deals with conflict—this event will improve your ability to productively engage in conflict and create more effective work environments. Join Susanne Terry and learn practical skills for:  
  • Understanding the dynamics of conflict
  • Resolving disputes more quickly and more effectively
  • Managing high-conflict individuals
  • Preventing future conflicts through effective communication  
Susanne Terry is a pioneer in the field of mediation. For over 30 years she has been a nationally recognized and acclaimed mediator. Her work in education includes special education mediations, leadership transitions in schools, and in-house staff and faculty trainings.     


2014 VAEYC Fall Conference

October 23-24-25, 2014
UVM's Davis Center in Burlington, VT

We are excited to present our 2014 keynote speakers:
Dr. Valora Washington (Thursday, 10/23)
Janet Gonzalez-Mena (Friday, 10/24)
Patricia Dischler (Saturday, 10/25)

In this issue we are featuring Patricia Dischler:  Ms. Dischler is a nationally recognized speaker and author who inspires audiences with her creative ideas and entertaining presentations, sharing stories from her 25 years experience as a provider and teacher. Her many books include Teaching the 3 C’s: Creativity, Curiosity & Courtesy and From Babysitter to Business Owner and she offers a variety of products and trainings through her company, KIDBIZ Resources. Recently named President of the National Association of Family Child Care, Patricia is a strong advocate for early childhood professionals and strives to help them strengthen their careers as they do what they love – make a difference in the life of a child!

Patricia Dischler is the Saturday Keynote at our 2014 Fall Conference!

I presented a keynote this fall where I shared tips on a child's "restart button" and in one of the evaluations, someone wrote that they thought it was terrible that I encourage children to "break the rules." I respect this opinion, but stand by my position. I do think it's a good thing, now and then, to allow some rule breaking. If you look at history, some of the greatest accomplishments were because of rule breaking. In fact, we wouldn't even be a country if some rebels hadn't decided to break the rule of paying taxes to England at one point. No, I don't encourage complete chaos, and certainly not disrespect of any form, but do I think it's okay to jump on the couch sometimes or sing in a library once or use peanut butter for glue, absolutely! The key to healthy rule breaking is this - be sure it's safe for people and things, be respectful of others by being sure they are okay with it too, and do it for the sake of being creative, not rebellious.  Hug a kid for me! (With your FEET!)
Click here for the full article: "Finding the Restart Button" 

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Vermont
Hires Project Coordinator/Counselor

VAEYC recently hired Bethany Hale as the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Vermont (TEACH)  Coordinator / Counselor. Bethany has taught in a Head Start classroom, been the coordinator of a child care program, worked for a Resource and Referral program and most recently was the Intake and Service Coordinator for a CIS-Early Intervention program. "I am very excited for the opportunity to use my experience providing services in the field of ECE to help others in the field achieve their professional development goals'" shares Bethany.  "I have worked with children and families all of my career and have enjoyed every second of it. I look forward to working with adults in the field to participate in TEACH and move along the career ladder, so that early childhood programs continue to be places where children thrive."

VAEYC is the host agency for TEACH. TEACH is a national strategy which issues cost-sharing scholarships for college courses. In Vermont the TEACH Advisory board determines priorities to structure these supports in Vermont. The initial scholarships to be offered in VT will help working early childhood professionals earn their Associate Degree through CCV. We will begin recruiting participants for the fall 2014 semester.
For more information, please contact Bethany at:
(802) 244-6282 or


Programs and Services

2014 Annual Spring Speaker:
   Dr. Tweety Yates       
April 30, 2014  6:30-8:30PM

DEC's New Possibilities, 5/1 & 5/2
Special 1-day Registration for VT residents: 
$100 DEC members
$150 non-members
To Register: or

2014 Fall Conference
Save the dates: Oct 23-25

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT
Higher Education Scholarships

Quality Improvement Project
Mentoring to support your program

Vermont and National Advocacy:
on issues of importance to VAEYC members

Tweety Yates (second from the right) with Vermonters!
VAEYC Hires Coordinator!
VAEYC recently hired Sonja Raymond as their new Quality Improvement Coordinator.  Sonja brings twenty-seven years of experience in the field of education with the last thirteen being the owner/director of an early care and education center.  In addition, she has worked as a mentor for VAEYC for six years, first as an NAEYC accreditation mentor and then as a mentor for the Quality Improvement Project.  Sonja was also the coordinator of VAEYC's Accreditation Facilitation Project for four years. 
     The Vermont Quality Improvement Project started in January of 2013 and has quickly grown and expanded its services to better provide supports to all childcare programs and providers to help them improve quality and implement a continuous quality improvement approach.  The project uses mentors to work directly with programs to assist them with assessing their program, creating goals for improvement, and implementing change.  Below are some of the services that our mentors can offer. 

  • Help looking at the 5 STARS arenas and assessing where a program is at in each of those arenas.
  • Assist programs with filling out the STARS/NAEYC applications.
  • Work with classroom teachers to help make improvements in the classroom.
  • Assist programs in completing the ECERS/ITERS.
  • Helping administrators create systems and policies.
  • Working with staff on obtaining level certificates.
  • Working with staff to complete/revise IPDPs.
  • Utilize NAEYC Self-study and Self-assessment tools.
  • Provide technical assistance to the program.
  • Assist programs in finding the necessary resources for attaining and maintaining quality
  • Provide group mentoring in the region focused on specific topics.
All services are FREE!!!  If you are interested, please contact our Project Coordinator Sonja Raymond:
(802) 578-0735 or

Copyright © 2014 Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children, All rights reserved.