Support Groups and Associations
Care Provider Groups
Vermont Child Care Providers Association (VCCPA): a state-wide, nonprofit, professional organization offering peer support as well as access to information and resources. Members advocate on the local, state, and national levels to assure that the needs of child care professionals are met. Membership fee is required. To find out more about the VCCPA or to contact them, click here.
Child Care Center Directors: Join a group of Chittenden County child care center directors who are interested in getting together to share ideas, support, and information. For more information or to become a part of this group, call Kara Von Behren at (802) 846-9402.
Local Starting Points Groups: Starting Points Groups offer family child care providers the opportunity to meet with other local providers to discuss issues related to early childhood and school age care, professional development, and news from the files, while also offering peer support. Please contact Colleen Christman at (802) 489-0410.
Included here are groups whose missions are rooted in the child care field and are either unique to Vermont, or are local affiliates of national organizations.
Children’s Integrated Services (CIS): CIS is a resource for pregnant or postpartum women and families with children from birth to age 6. CIS can help: Pregnant or Postpartum Women – If you have questions or concerns about a condition or risk situation that impacts your or your baby’s health or safety; Families – If you have questions or concerns about providing a stable, healthy environment for your children; Children – If you are the parent of a child age 6 or younger, and you have questions or concerns about a suspected developmental delay or condition.
Building Bright Futures of Chittenden County: Includes parents, providers, and anyone interested in children. The focus of this group is advocacy efforts on behalf of the early childhood field.
Telephone: (802) 652-5138
Vermont Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide coalition of early childhood professionals, parents, businesses and strategic partners working together to realize the promise of every Vermont child.
Northern Lights Career Development Center: Child Care Resource aligns professional development opportunities with Level I and Level II of the Northern Lights Career Development Center’s Core Competencies for Early Childhood and Afterschool Professionals. Please visit the Northern Lights Career Development Center’s website at: www.northernlightscdc.org for information on Core Competencies, Level I, and Level II curriculum and other information pertaining to professional growth.
Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC): a statewide professional organization for early childhood professionals. (NAEYC Affiliate).
Voices for Vermont’s Children: a statewide nonprofit organization that works on various children’s issues, including early care and education.
Telephone: (802) 229-6377
Website: Voices for Vermont Kids
Vermont Afterschool: An organization for those interested in quality experiences for school age children.
Telephone: (802) 448-3464
Many of these national organizations have local affiliates in Vermont. Let us know which organizations you have found to be helpful!
Children’s Defense Fund (CDF): a national children’s advocacy organization.
Telephone: (202) 628-8787
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): a national professional organization for early childhood professionals. Offers a center based accreditation process.
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC): a national organization that provides support, information, and accreditation for those providing or interested in family child care.
National School Age Care Alliance (NSCA): a national organization that gathers local networks of care providers under one national umbrella, bringing together their collective wisdom and experience. Offers accreditation for school age programs.
Telephone: (617) 298-5012
Website: National School Age Care Alliance
Redleaf National Institute: The Institute’s National Center for the Business of Family Child Care helps providers successfully manage their businesses.
Telephone: (651) 641-6675
Website: Redleaf Press
Center for Career Development in Early Care and Education – Wheelock College: The Center strives to improve the quality of early care and education by creating viable career development systems for practitioners.
Telephone: (617) 734-5200
Website: Wheelock College Career Development
Child Care Law Center: works exclusively on legal issues concerning the establishment and provision of child care.
Telephone: (415) 495-5498
Website: Child Care Law Center
The Children’s Foundation: conducts research and provides information and training on federal food programs, quality child care, leadership development, health care, and enforcement of court-ordered child support. Website: The Children’s Foundation
ERIC/EECE: collects and communicates research, literature, fact sheets, and briefing papers on the physical, cognitive, social, educational, and cultural development of children from birth through early adolescence.
Families and Work Institute: committed to developing new approaches toward balancing the changing needs of America’s families.
Telephone: (212) 465-2044
National Child Care Association: a trade association that represents the private, licensed early childhood community.
Website: National Child Care Association
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care: seeking to enhance the quality of child care by supporting state and local health departments, child care regulatory agencies, child care providers, and parents in their effort to promote health and safety in child care.
Website: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Children
National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST): works to improve the quality and quantity of school-age child care programs through collaborative work.
Telephone: (617) 283-2547
Child Care Aware: Child Care Aware
Vermont: Children’s Intergrated Services