The Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council (herein referred to as VCCICC) works to enhance the knowledge, skills and status of child care providers by offering the Apprenticeship Program and other professional development activities, while coordinating and linking with other leaders and organizations, in order to build quality and sustain growth of the child care industry.
VCCICC’s mission is to support Vermont’s children, families, communities, schools and businesses through the recruitment, development, mentoring and retention of qualified child care professionals.
VCCICC’s vision is that high quality child care is available for all Vermont children.
Sue Ryan, Director of Programs
Adri Taylo-Behrman, Community Outreach Coordinator
Pemberton Maxwell, Apprenticeship Coordinator
Board of Directors
For centuries, society has known that one of the best ways to provide a highly educated, well trained, and dedicated workforce has been through apprenticeship. Vermont is one of the few states that offer an apprenticeship program in the trade of child care.
In 1998, following a Summit on the Hill led by First Lady Hillary Clinton, the US Department of Labor released Requests for Proposals to address the crisis of improving the quality of child care. Vermont took this opportunity to apply and began planning for the Child Care Apprenticeship Program. While 10 other grants were awarded, Vermont was special in its request. It was the only state to tie college level courses and on-the- job training to a statewide effort to ensure significantly higher wages for participants.
The VT Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) was formed to support the Apprenticeship Program and received not for profit status through the Internal Revenue Service. VCCICC collaborated with Champlain College to offer the first tuition-free courses for the Apprenticeship Program in 2001. The curricula for these classes were developed by qualified instructors in collaboration with representatives of the child care industry. In 2003, VCCICC began contracting the Apprenticeship courses with the Community College of Vermont. This collaboration has been in place ever since, allowing VCCICC to offer the courses at different CCV sites across the state. As of January 2016, VCCICC has been able to offer college courses continuously for 51 semesters. Over 138 apprentices from across VT have completed the program since our first graduates in 2003.