The mission of the Building Bright Futures (BBF) Professional Preparation and Development (PPD) Committee is to develop, coordinate, and promote a comprehensive system of quality learning opportunities for current and prospective early childhood and afterschool professionals. One of the BBF statewide committees, the PPD Committee works to equip the early childhood workforce across sectors in the early childhood system with the common knowledge and skills needed to support children’s optimal learning and development and family stability.
The committee helps to lead and develop the system by ensuring appropriate representation of voices across the early childhood and afterschool spectrum, including voices representing K-3, Children’s Integrated Services, Early Childhood Special Education, Afterschool direct service, and others. PPD meets monthly for two hours with an annual full-day planning retreat. There are 15-18 identified representative members of PPD, though all meetings remain open to anyone who wishes to participate. Meetings are held monthly by Zoom.
Amaryah Pendlebury, Family Child Care, Vermont Early Childhood Networks
Beth Truzansky, Building Bright Futures
Bill Bonsignore, Rutland City Public Schools Afterschool Programs
Diane Hermann-Artim, CCV and Northern Lights at CCV
Dianne Carter, Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children
Joanna Von Culin, Puffer Child Care Center
Joanna Houston, Greater Burlington YMCA
John Cipora, Springfield College
Johanna Vaczy, VT STARS Program
Kate Rogers, VT Agency of Education
Lauren May, Barre Unified Union School District
Lauren Smith, VT Department of Health
Michelle Maitri-Mudita, Children’s Integrated Services, Northeast Kingdom Learning Services
Rebecca Bishop, Bennington County Head Start and Early Head Start
Sara Forward, Children’s Integrated Services
Sharron Harrington, Let’s Grow Kids
Staci Otis, Family Child Care, Vermont Early Childhood Network
Tricia Pawlik, Vermont Afterschool, Inc.
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