Online Training

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Colleges and organizations all over the world offer online trainings. You can browse pre-approved online training modules and workshops on this site that may count toward the training hours you need for your role at work.

Find the Training You Need

  1. A wide array of trainings are available in the Northern Lights training calendar.
  2. Pre-approved trainings offered by Sponsors are listed in the BFIS Course Calendar.
  3. Detail about the various training requirements from the Child Development Division are available here.

Most webinars don’t meet training criteria because webinars lack interaction between instructors and participants, and they don’t evaluate whether the learning objectives have been met. If you have a question about a specific webinar, please contact your Resource Advisor.

Approved Online Training Organizations

The online training organizations listed below are approved by Northern Lights. Please read each description carefully as some only provide BASIC modules (these are marked) and some have limitations on which modules are approved in Vermont. Once you have completed an online training, be sure to submit your training certificate to Northern Lights to be added to your BFIS Quality and Credential account. If you are unsure if an online training will count toward your training hours, please contact Northern Lights for support.

Becoming an Approved Online Training Organization

If you are interested in becoming an approved online training organization recognized in Vermont, please download the Review and Approval of Online Non-Credit Trainings document. When you’re ready to apply, you can visit this link to submit your Request for Approval.

Better Kid Care’s On Demand system for online learning offers more than 100 lessons on a variety of topics for early childhood and school-age professionals and directors. It’s free to preview the content of all lessons. To take the final lesson assessment and receive a Certificate of Completion, you will pay $5 per lesson.
IMPORTANT: ONLY lessons that are 2 hours or longer are approved.

SPECIAL NOTE: For the Vermont Orientation offered by Better Kid Care, you do not need to submit a certificate to Northern Lights, but you must be sure to enter your BFIS Quality and Credential account number when you create an account – otherwise we cannot credit you for your orientation.

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The Stern Center’s BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® online program provides research-based early literacy strategies in a 12-hour, self-paced course for early care and education providers, early educators, and parents of preschoolers.

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Care Courses are designed for early childhood professionals and directors who wish to obtain and renew the CDA national credential. More than 70 courses of various lengths cover a wide variety of topics. Costs are determined by course length (example: $18 for 2-hour and $57 for 20-hour). All courses are available in book format and most are available in online format. Access to your instructor is available by phone and email.

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The Child Care Aware Training Academy™ is the Child Care Aware® of America online education resource and offers professional development courses for early childhood professionals. Programs are self-paced, costs start at $35, and they are available in both English and Spanish. Learners have access to their courseware for a year. PLEASE NOTE: The Child Care Aware Training Academy is currently unavailable while they conduct a revision of their training materials. Check their website for more information.

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ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) offers over 100 online professional development courses, plus a course of study to help you earn certificates such as the Child Development Associate (CDA), Early Childhood Credential (ECC) and others. CCEI is accredited and approved to award International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
IMPORTANT: For CCEI courses to be verified in Vermont, you must submit the certificate of completion AND a description of the module to Northern Lights.

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Cypherworx offers hundreds of online modules – however only the 36 Out of School Time Workshop modules are approved in Vermont. Each 2-hour module is designed specifically for afterschool professionals; Modules 1-24 are for afterschool professionals working with children in their programs, and Modules 25-36 are designed for afterschool directors and staff. Each module is $15, or $150 to access to all modules for one year.

IMPORTANT: Only the 36 Out of School Time numbered workshop modules are approved in Vermont

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Early Sprouts offers three approved trainings that include comprehensive information and practices that support nutrition and physical activities for the preschool child: 1) Early Sprouts, a 10 hour comprehensive curricula for $80 per student (group discount); 2) Growing Healthy Eaters, 7 hour series for $35 per student; and 3) Active Play Everyday, a 6.5 hour module for $35 per student. Each module provides information on child development, as well as tools and resources based on current research and effective practices.

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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 Program Regulations requirement for training in emergency preparedness.

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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.

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. 

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ProSolutions Training offers more than 100 individual online courses, multi-course packages, and certificates in early care and education and human services subject areas. Most courses are available in Spanish. Affordable one-hour courses help meet specific training needs; packages and annual subscription packages for groups and individuals are cost-effective options to meet broader training goals.

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The Pyramid Model Consortium offers research-based trainings on the Pyramid Model for staff and directors of center based programs, child care consultants, home visitors, and family child care program staff. There are 3 packages with 3 modules per package. Completion of each $49 package earns a certificate for 24 hours of training, with the option complete the package for up to one year after you begin.

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Quorum Learning course are for teachers and leaders in the early childhood field, with special tracks on working with infants and toddlers. Each 2-4 hour course may be completed at your own pace. A Quorum membership allows access to many courses at no additional charge.

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Smart Horizons provides professional development and certification programs for the early childhood and school-age workforce. Web-based, self-paced courses start at $10. They are available in both English and Spanish, and learners have access to their courseware for a year. Smart Horizons offers purchase options for centers and organizations, allowing program administrators, directors, or training coordinators to track and report on student progress in real time.

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Successful Solutions offers over 100 online workshops for early childhood professionals as well as afterschool staff and program directors. Most modules are 1-4 hours but there are longer series, including those that support your meeting requirements for the CDA credential from the Council for Professional Recognition. A live instructor is available via chat and email, to answer questions and to review all assignments before successful completion of the module.

IMPORTANT: “STARS” mentioned in these modules do NOT refer to the STARS program in Vermont.

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Protecting Vermont’s Children: Reporting Abuse and Neglect. This free 2.5 hour training was created by KidSafe Collaborative Inc. and is supported by the Vermont Children’s Justice Act funding and the Vermont Center for Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse. It meets the Vermont Child Care Program regulations requirement for training in mandated reporting and is part of the Basic Specialized Care training requirement.

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Watch Me! is designed to help child care providers working with children ages birth to five to use developmental milestones in order to track development and talk to families. The 4 modules, together take about an hour to complete. You must successfully complete the final quiz in order to download the certificate of completion.

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The Youth Development Institute offers online training courses for youth-serving paraprofessionals and volunteers seeking to increase their knowledge and enhance their skills. 16 different courses each take 1-2 hours to complete and contains links to outside reading materials, websites and video clips that illustrate the main concepts. A Community Forum allows users to share ideas with other course-takers. Courses are self-directed, allowing users to stop and start at their convenience. Individual courses are $15 each or you can buy the full package of 16 courses for $149.

IMPORTANT: Vermont Afterschool uses some of these modules as part of the Afterschool Essentials training course. Certificates from YDI courses must indicate that the individual has earned at least an 80% score to be verified in VT.

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