COVID-19 Training Guidelines

Communities of Practice

Becky Millard

Creating our New Normal: Communities of Practice for the Early Childhood Workforce

We know how challenging it is to work in early childhood right now. We’re all trying to get used to major changes in practice so we can provide safe, enriching environments for children and families. Creating community with our peers and colleagues is more important now than ever.

This fall, Northern Lights at CCV is launching free communities of practice to help support the early childhood workforce through these challenging times. Communities of practice are small groups of people interested in a particular topic who gather regularly in a group to learn from and support each other.

Interested in joining?  Click here!

Learning Strands:

From Inspiration to Action
How to take great ideas and turn them into action
Kickoff training led by Lisa Guerrero

Powerful Tools for Self-Care
How to incorporate self care into each day and into the system
Kickoff training led by April Zajko

Building Relationships with Families
Creating opportunities for authentic connection with families
Kickoff panel facilitated by Emily Merrill

Cultivating Equity in Early Childhood
Creating safe and equitable early childhood spaces
Kickoff training led by Natanya Vanderlaan

You will choose one of the topics above and we’ll connect you with a small group of early
childhood folks who are interested in the same topic. You’ll attend a training together in late September and then you’ll meet online with your small group through October and November.

As part of this project, you are invited to raise your voice and make recommendations about what the early childhood workforce needs as we create our new normal together. Northern Lights will help connect your recommendations to the decision-makers in Vermont who need to hear them. You’re the experts – let’s make sure your voices are heard!

Timeline:

9/1-9/23     Registration Open for Participants
9/28-10/2  Kickoff Trainings [two-hour Online Real-Time]
10/5-10/9   First week of Community of Practice Sessions [1.5 hour weekly]
12/7-12/11   Full Community wrap-up session [two-hour Online Real-Time]

Kickoff trainings and community of practice sessions can count toward training hours required by child care licensing.

Interested in joining?  Click here!