Boot Camp Basics

Boot Camp Basics is a series of four 1.5-hour virtual workshops and one 6-hour training designed for brand new staff in afterschool, summer, third space, and out-of-school time programs and are a great way for new staff to orient to the field and learn basic best practices in their work, as well as offer experienced staff opportunities for professional development.

      1. Active Learning and Youth Voice: Active learning and youth voice involve much more than giving out materials and listening respectively. In this virtual workshop, we’ll cover active learning by explaining the role it plays in the experiential learning cycle and helping participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth. We’ll also cover youth voice by building your understanding of what youth voice can be and also showing you how you can infuse it into every aspect of your program and every level of your organization.
        When: Wednesday, September 13, 2023 (5:30-7 PM)
        Trainer: Matt Wolf

      1. Strengthening Relationships with Families and Your Community: In this virtual workshop we will discuss and learn about the importance of relationships with families and the community. We will also explore the benefits of strengthening those connections in order to enhance program quality. Participants will learn strategies on how to communicate with, and support the families of the children in their program. Participants will also leave with strategies on how to use available resources to benefit the program, the families, and the community.
        Wednesday, September 20, 2023 (5:30-7 PM)
        Katie O’Shea

      1. Vital Connections for Social-Emotional Learning: Relationship is the foundation for all we do with children. It’s via our connection that we can nurture children in their development over time and care for them today. Just as we support children’s intellectual and physical growth, children also need support for their social and emotional growth. This virtual workshop describes the vital relationship at the center of childcare and the most essential daily Social-Emotional Learning support.
        When: Wednesday, September 27, 2023 (5:30-7 PM)
        Trainer: Beth Martel

      1. Professionalism/Building Your IPDP: This virtual workshop will highlight the importance of being professional in a school age child care setting. Participants will learn tips on maintaining professional boundaries, as well as master how to create a professional Individual Professional Development Plan.
        When: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 (5:30-7 PM)
        Trainer: Ben Ardel

      1. Basic Specialized Care: Basic Specialized Care (BSC) is a six-hour introductory training for early childhood and afterschool professionals who serve vulnerable children and their families in regulated child care and afterschool settings. This virtual training is one of the requirements to become a Specialized Care Provider in Vermont. Topics covered include caregiving together with families; child abuse, neglect, and trauma; understanding differences in development; and understanding children’s behavior.
        When: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 (10 AM-4 PM)
        Trainer: Tricia Pawlik

Our “real-time” online trainings are approved by Northern Lights at CCV, and your attendance will be submitted to BFIS.

Trainings will be delivered through Zoom. It is strongly suggested that you use a device (computer or phone) with a webcam. If you don’t have access to one, you can call in.

Questions? Please email Becky Wilcke or call 802-448-3464.

We are grateful to Vermont Agency of Education, Vermont Child Development Division, and Vermont Department of Health for their support of our professional development opportunities in 2022-2023. Thanks to them, we are able to offer virtual learning opportunities at low/no cost and meet the needs of our field during a very challenging time.