MONTPELIER, Vt. – Community College of Vermont (CCV) was awarded a grant from the State of Vermont Department for Children and Families’ Child Development Division (CDD). CCV has a long history of providing Vermonters with early childhood education opportunities, and will use the grant to significantly expand the scope and impact of that work. The grant is in the amount of $570,000 for the first year, and is expected to be higher in subsequent years.
CCV partners with organizations throughout the state in delivering its early childhood education and childcare certificate programs and has been hosting the Northern Lights Career Development System.
“Highly skilled and trained childcare workers are vital to Vermont families, communities, and businesses,” said CCV Associate Academic Dean Diane Hermann-Artim. “Expanding our work, including providing regional career advising services, provides the opportunity to fully integrate trainings, supports, resources, and college-level courses and deepen stakeholder partnerships.”
In addition to expanding opportunities that aim to develop the early childhood education workforce, the CDD grant has allowed CCV to hire a Director for the expanded early childhood professional development system. CCV is pleased to announce that Becky Millard has been appointed to this position and will begin May 15. Millard has extensive experience in the field of early childhood education, and has most recently served as the Infant and Child Health Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Health and the regional coordinator for Central Vermont Building Bright Futures.
“We believe we are well on the way to realizing the vision of a transformed professional development system to effectively prepare and support professionals working in early childhood and afterschool programs in Vermont,” said CDD Deputy Commissioner Reeva Murphy. “We are especially excited about the appointment of Becky Millard. We know Becky well as an active and energetic member of the early childhood community and think her leadership will be a valuable asset to this work at this critical time.”
For more information, please contact Diane Hermann-Artim at 802-388-5371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.