Apply Today to Be a Mentor or Trainer in Social Emotional Development!

The Vermont Department for Child and Families (DCF) has an exciting opportunity for instructors and mentors.   Can you help train and mentor specialized home-based child care programs?  DCF is looking for experienced professionals to help in a Race to Top project.  The project will support specialized child care staff with promoting the social emotional development of young children.  

Please apply today to be a Rock Solid Foundations trainer or mentor!  The deadline to submit an application is August 1.  Please see a description of Rock Solid at the end of this message.

DCF will choose 48 mentors and trainers from the applications.  Trainers and mentors will participant in a 2-day train the trainer on Rock Solid Foundations on November 1 and 2 in Waterbury.  After the 2-day training, an instructor can earn up to $1,500 to put on two training sessions in 2018.  A mentor can earn $1,200 to mentor specialized home-based child care program staff that attend a training session. 

Complete the application at this link


Early Childhood Prfessionals, are you interested in taking an early childhood college course for a fraction of the typical cost?

Want to know more about the rich variety of early childhood courses taught by state and national authorities that will be available in Vermont this summer? Looking for professional development that covers birth through grade 3 and will prepare you to better support children who are culturally, linguistically, and individually diverse and their families?

Learn more about the Summer Institute that will be held at Castleton University from July 24-27, 2017:

Courses are:

  • Advanced Child Development
  • Curriculum Development Birth to 3rd Grade: Emphasis on STEM, Place-Based, and Nature Education
  • Early Literacy: Building Blocks
  • Engaging Families and Communities
  • Infants and Toddlers: Learning Through Relationships
  • Legal and Financial Issues in Early Childhood
  • Professional Learning, Ethical Practice, and Collaboration in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Science in the Early Years: Helping Children Understand How the World Works
  • Supporting Children who are Dual Language Learners
  • The Trauma of Poverty: Developing Trauma Informed Educational Practices
  • Using the Pyramid Model to Support Social and Emotional Development

For more information about the institute:

For questions about scholarship assistance:

This is a project of the Vermont Higher Education-Early Childhood Consortium.

Contact Us

Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner
Child Development Division
280 State Drive - NOB 1 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-1040
Phone: 1-800-649-2642
Fax: 802-241-0846