Child Care Training Requirements


Early Childhood Educators, Afterschool Professionals, and other staff who work in programs regulated by the Child Development Division must complete certain trainings to comply with the Vermont Child Care Regulations. The full list of training requirements are available on the Child Development Division website by clicking HERE.

The following trainings can help individuals meet some training requirements. Not all staff are required to take every training. If you have questions about training options, contact your Northern Lights Resource Advisor.

Vermont Orientation Training (Better Kid Care)

Northern Lights prepared a How-To Guide to help you find the Better Kid Care Vermont Orientation Training. Be sure you’ve added your BFIS Quality Credential number to your Better Kid Care account before you take the training – this way your completion information will be sent directly to Northern Lights as part of monthly reports we receive directly from Better Kid Care.

Protecting Vermont’s Children: Reporting Abuse and Neglect

This free, 2-hour online training is required for all individuals working in regulated child care programs in Vermont.

Click here to access the training (cost FREE)

FEMA: Preparedness for Child Care Providers

A free, 2-hour online module for child care programs of all types and sizes that provides knowledge and tools to analyze hazards and threats at your child care site, develop a plan to address them, and update and practice your emergency plan. This training meets the Vermont child care regulations requirement for training in emergency preparedness.

Click here to access the training (cost FREE)

Developing an Emergency Preparedness Plan (for Center Directors)

Emergency situations can happen at any time. Child care facilities need to have a written plan in place, so staff, children, and families are prepared to handle any emergency situation that may arise. This course is a guide to assist you in developing an emergency preparedness plan for your facility.

Click here to log into Better Kid Care (cost $5)

Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

Enhance your knowledge around family homelessness and the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act’s definition of “homeless” as it refers to children and youth. Review other relevant federal regulations for Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)-subsidized programs. Learn how to identify families experiencing homelessness, conduct community outreach, and much more.

Click here to enroll in the training (cost FREE)

This training meets the requirements identified in Sec. 98.51 of the CCDF regulations.

IMPORTANT: In order to count toward annual training requirements for the Vermont Child Development Division and to count toward Advanced Specialized Care training criteria, you must submit completion certificates for all modules together in one batch to Northern Lights. 

Addressing Homelessness: The Role of the Early Childhood Educator

This course provides participants with an understanding of their role in supporting children and families who experience homelessness. The course explores the prevalence of homelessness as well as its causes and impacts on the developing child. Participants will discover ways they can promote positive outcomes for those who are affected by homelessness through a variety of policies and classroom practices.

Click here to enroll in the training (cost $30)
Course ID: SOC105Course Level: Beginner Course Hours: 2

This training meets the requirements identified in Sec. 98.51 of the CCDF regulations. This training also meets the criteria to count toward annual training requirements for the Vermont Child Development Division.

Immunizations Documenting and Reporting Training

This course explores the importance of immunizations in protecting children and staff from vaccine preventable diseases as well as child care providers’ roles and responsibilities related to the children in their care.

Technology Requirements: This course is accessible on most computers with internet access. It is not accessible on a cell phone or many tablet devices. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view some of the handouts required for use in the course. Adobe Reader can be downloaded for free.

To begin the Immunizations Documenting and Reporting training, click on the image below:

For support with this training or any questions about immunizations and documentation, please contact your local Vermont Department of Health office.