Becoming an effective champion for children requires support and preparation. It’s important to understand the issue at hand, know the best way to communicate effectively about the issue and feel confident in your ability to do so.

Let's Grow Kids is excited to share our new training workshops with you—they’re designed for everyone who wants to make a difference: parents, child care professionals, educators, business people and community members.

All of our trainings are Northern Lights Accredited professional development workshops, and Let’s Grow Kids is a Bright Futures Information System (BFIS) sponsor with skilled Northern Lights instructors on staff.

Training workshops are engaging, educational and—most importantly—fun! Expect group discussions and brainstorms and also to engage with the material in meaningful and personal ways. No matter which training you attend, we hope you leave with the confidence and knowledge that you can make a difference in the lives of Vermont’s youngest children.

We are more than happy to offer you free professional development hours, if applicable, and are excited to share the campaign’s important messages with you!

This is an interactive training focused on the latest research in early childhood brain development. Participants will leave with the knowledge to explain why high-quality early experiences during the first few years are so important for lifelong success.

This training is right for you if: You're interested in learning more about the importance of the early years!

Participants will learn how to:

  • Articulate the fundamentals of early childhood brain science
  • Define different types of stress and their impacts on the developing brain
  • Infer connections between the science of healthy early brain development and children's everyday environment
  • Share one piece of information about early childhood brain development with a friend, family member, colleague or community member

This training provides an overview of who’s who and what’s what in early childhood care and learning in Vermont, including an overview of how Let’s Grow Kids works with community members and partners to create a stronger future for Vermont’s children.

This training is right for you if: You're connected to and/or interested in the early childhood care and learning system in Vermont. This could include parents, providers or other professionals within the early childhood field.

Participants will learn:

  • Who the key entities are within Vermont’s early childhood community
  • How Let’s Grow Kids fits into Vermont’s early childhood community
  • How to articulate opportunities for collaboration and engagement to better support Vermont’s youngest children

This training module will provide participants with an in-depth look at how the campaign is organized and how they can participate as an ambassador for Vermont’s children. Participants will have the opportunity to make connections with campaign staff and other like-minded Vermonters, leaving with the knowledge and skill to feel confident in making a difference as an ambassador for the Let’s Grow Kids campaign.

This training is right for you if: You're currently an LGK Ambassador who has already participated in the “How to Become a Changemaker” training or are already very familiar with the campaign and the Petition.

By the end of the session participants will have:

  • Gained an understanding of what Let’s Grow Kids is and the campaign’s approach to change
  • Rephrased core campaign messages into their own language and practiced engaging others on the issue of high-quality, affordable child care
  • Created a personal action plan by identifying their next steps within the campaign and the sources and supports they need to be successful

This training provides an overview of policy advocacy, the power of our collective action and how you can make a difference. Participants will join a statewide network of highly skilled, confident and motivated advocates who will mobilize together to make policy change to ensure that every Vermont child has access to high-quality, affordable child care.

This training is right for you if: You're a civic-minded Vermonter.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Understand the basics of policy advocacy and identify opportunities for greatest impact
  • Articulate an understanding of why advocacy is essential to achieving high-quality, affordable child care             
  • Explain what the Blue Ribbon Commission is and how we can contribute to the Commission’s work
  • Develop an individual advocacy plan to advocate for policies that create positive change for Vermont’s youngest children

You can change the world with your story! In this training, participants will learn the basic structure of a persuasive public narrative that links their personal stories to campaign messaging in order to create positive change for Vermont’s children.

This training is right for you if: You're interested in sharing your story about the importance of early childhood with legislators or community members. 

Participants will learn:

  • About the components of a persuasive personal narrative and the impact of storytelling as a tool for change
  • How to convey relevant Vermont-related early childhood messaging to others
  • How to link their personal story to early childhood messaging
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