“. . . and I helped!”

“. . . and I helped!”

I was reminded this morning of an old commercial in which a young girl used those words to announce with great pride that she had helped prepare the family’s meal.  I am hoping that you, too, will be able to say those words after assisting the Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators by your end-of-the-year tax-deductible donation to assist in our mission to promote quality infant and toddler care and education.

As you know, the Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators (CITE) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that was founded in 1985 to support the emerging need for professional development and support of infant/toddler teachers and administrators who provide infant/toddler programs.  Our vision is that high quality early care and education is available to every infant and toddler in the state of New Jersey through a coordinated system of early childhood and family support programs that offer healthy, social/emotional learning environments and educated, responsive caregivers.

2012 was a very exciting year for CITE for several reasons:  1) some half-dozen members (and one of CITE’s advisory board members, Arlene Martin) were active participants in the development of the New Jersey Council for Young Children’s New Jersey Birth to Three Early Learning Standards, the state’s first guidelines for programs serving infants and toddlers and their families; 2) the number of those holding the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential increased to 90 (We are excited that the 100th credential will be awarded in 2013!); and 3) board member participation on the New Jersey Council for Young Children’s Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health Committee (led by another CITE’s board members, Gerry Costa).

2013 promises to be even busier for CITE!  The publication of the New Jersey Birth to Three Early Learning Standards; the anticipated pilot of Grow NJ, the Quality Rating and Improvement System; and the expected introduction of infant mental health competency guidelines through the work of the New Jersey Council for Young Children’s Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health Committee will necessitate CITE’s continuing involvement in this environment of expanding infant/toddler professional development demands as we seek to incorporate all of these advancements into the requirements of the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential.

Please consider donating to CITE to enable our continued involvement in the New Year’s exciting opportunities!  I will be so proud to say “And you helped!”  Thank you.

Terri Buccarelli, President

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