Inservice Personnel Standards Workgroup

Vermont’s Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
“Integrating, aligning and coordinating Vermont’s Early Childhood system
to support and retain qualified personnel.”

Vermont’s Professional Development System for early childhood and afterschool professionals is:

  1. Clear and Known
  2. Supportive of Professional Growth
  3. Research-based and Relevant
  4. Integrated and Aligned
  5. Accessible
  6. Financially Supported
  7. Evaluated on all of the above criteria

For more information, see:

“A skilled workforce requires access to on-going training to maintain and extend existing skills, and to acquire new knowledge and skills.  States need to be knowledgeable about the training needs of the existing workforce, and to plan for the provision of inservice professional development.  Effective training will (a) provide explicit explanation and illustration of knowledge/skills to be learned; (b) provide opportunities to practice the skills learned; (c) include support for reflecting on understanding and mastery; (d) provide coaching/performance feedback during training and follow-up on the job; and, (e) should be of sufficient duration and intensity so trainees may become proficient in a skill/practice.  Planning for inservice training should include a focus on evidence based intervention practices, address knowledge and skill competencies specified in the personnel standards, and include coordination with preservice training providers.

Quality Indicator 7: A statewide system for inservice personnel development and technical assistance is in place for personnel across disciplines

Quality Indicator 8: A statewide system for inservice personnel development and technical assistance is aligned and coordinated with higher education program and curricula across disciplines

A Statewide system for Inservice Personnel Development:

  • is aligned to national and state standards across disciplines.
  • provides a variety of technical assistance to meet the needs to personnel.
  • is guided by updated needs assessments in relation to knowledge and competencies.
  • is coordinated across EC systems and delivered collaboratively, as appropriate.
  • IHEs and inservice staff meet quarterly to plan, coordinate and collaborate on content.
  • families and/or parent orgs participate in the design and delivery of the system.
  • employs adult learning strategies such as coaching, reflective supervision and supportive mentoring.
  • opportunities are individualized to the individual and objectives of the PD.
  • delivers content based on evidence-based practices.
  • extends the core knowledge and addresses updated knowledge on evidence-based practices and changes in standards, policies and initiatives.”

This workgroup currently meets the second Tuesday of each month on a webinar from 2pm – 3:30pm. 

Current initiatives revolve around establishing and using an Inservice PD Framework for data-driven decision making around trainings.  A working draft of this framework is available here

Additional initiatives involve planning the annual CIS Institute; and integrating with Vermont’s Early Childhood Professional Development System (ECPDS).  For updates on progress of CDD’s Transforming the Workforce, please go to:

To identify professional development offerings throughout the state of Vermont, please visit the Bright Futures Information System Course Calendar at:

To provide input, get involved or get more information, please send comments, questions, suggestions to

Contact Us

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