Mary Johnson Children's Center

Resources for Providers

Mary Johnson Childcare Services

Resources for Providers

High quality, nurturing experiences during the first five years are vital for children’s optimal development. Research tells us that school readiness lies in the physical, social and emotional well being of children, in addition to their cognitive development.

As the Early Childhood Resource Specialist, Amethyst offers a variety of ways to support you in this important job. She offers an annual calendar of professional development opportunities, phone, email or onsite consultations, The Early Connections Newsletter, and a resource lending library.

Technical assistance is also provided to persons in the process of becoming a registered home childcare provider through Welcome To Child Care Visits.

Please contact Amethyst at 388-4304 or by email at

For online resources, see the page “Links” on our website.


Addison County Child Care

Provider Networks

All Child Care Providers (Home and Center) are invited to Network meetings.  The Network meetings offer time to share the challenges and joys of providing early care and education with others who truly understand.  The Networks are sponsored by a Starting Points grant from Child Care Services Division in Waterbury.  Each group is free to pursue its own definition of  support.                                                  
Newcomers are always welcome.

Although the Starting Points Networks do not meet during the summer, Provider Leaders are available by phone to answer questions and provider support.


Starting Points Network Coordinators: 
Gerri Barrows  - 453-3707 & Michelle Sherwin - 623-6476 or
Vermont Birth to Three Mentor:
Gerri Barrows - 453-3707 or
Starting Points Provider Networks and Leaders: 
Orwell: 2nd Monday of the month @ 7 PM
Professional Development Consultant: Muffy Kashkin-Grollier - 948-2561 or
Bristol/Vergennes: 3rd Monday of the month @ 6:30 PM
Provider Leaders:  Gerri Barrows  - 453-3707 & Michelle Sherwin - 623-6476 or
Addison County Directors Network: 2nd Wednesday of the month - 3:30 PM @ P/CC
Directors Network Coordinator:  Su White, Quarry Hill School - 388-7297 or
Brandon:  Meet at the Brandon Fire Department @ 6:30 PM. 
Provider Leader:  Tracy Bruce -  483-9420  Please RSVP.
Last Thursday of each month for discussion and support.