Human Services

Become A Care Provider Or Educator

Fundamentals*: A Focus on Early Childhood Environment / Education (ECE) and Related Fields.   

  • Comprehensive examination / authentic exploration of the ECE setting:
    • Creating a safe and healthful environment / Preparing the ECE environment
    • Promoting good nutrition & healthy levels of active play
    • Guiding children’s behavior
    • The curriculum and its various components
    • Working with families, within programs, with colleagues, and as part of  the larger community
    • Examination of state child care regulations
  • Continual focus on ethical practice, developmentally appropriate curriculum, and assessment
  • Observation of and participation in an early childhood program / programs
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Related Trainings: Online Mandated Reporter, Abusive Head Trauma, Basic Specialized Care,  VT Center-Based Child Care and Preschool Program Regulations, VT Approved Child Orientation / Pennsylvania State University (Better Kid Care)
  • Examination / application of elemental concepts and theories related to early childhood development / practice in a variety of  high-quality early childhood programs;  on-premise lab space
  • Career exploration and examination of both the social and economic factors related to the ECE field.
  •      Opportunity for dual-enrollment status for those who demonstrate competency in all areas, offered through Community College of Vermont, as an online class.

*A hybrid approach, incorporating both Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center’s Fundamentals  curriculum and instructor-designed curriculum. Please see WHY Fundamentals?, as well as the Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center’s Level I Fact Sheet.


The Foundation focuses on key components of the Human Services field and Human Development. Students begin with a career exploration unit which familiarizes them with job opportunities in the Human Services and Education & Training fields. The focus then shifts to understanding foundational components of human development and developing industry recognized credentials; CPR and First Aid. The remainder of the year magnifies the various stages of human development, with students analyzing how we grow, develop and change from conception until death. Students explore physical, cognitive and socio-emotional domains of development throughout. Other areas of student learning focus on additional key safety-related practices, including Mandated Reporting, nutrition, unique populations, workplace readiness skills, and hands-on application in a variety of community settings, including early childhood programs,  and facilities which cater to the needs of older adults. Students who demonstrate competency in all areas are recommended for dual- enrollment status, which is offered through Vermont Technical College.  

Grades 11-12 | Half Day | 120 minutes daily

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  • 10 credits on transcript
  • Successful completion of two high school English classes


(upon completion of two-year program)

  • 1 embedded social studies credit
  • 5 elective credits

Industry Recognized Credentials

  • American Heart Association CPR / First Aid
  • Abusive Head Trauma Presentation
  • Online Mandated Reporting
  • Basic Specialized Care Training
  • Fundamentals Licensing Module

Professional Skill Building

  • Community-Based Learning
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • Examination / Application of VT Child Care Regulations
  • Guiding Children’s Behavior
  • Health & Safety-Related Practices
  • Curriculum Development
  • Vermont Early Learning Standards
  • Ethical Practice & Confidentiality
  • Exploration of Family-Related Concerns