Debra DePinho is the Recipient of the First June Moss Handler Award

The Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators is pleased to announce that Debra DePinho is the recipient of the first June Moss Handler award, honoring one of CITE’s founders.  Debra was recognized on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the 28th Annual CITE conference at the Renaissance Woodbridge.

All holders of CITE’s NJ Infant/Toddler Credential were eligible for consideration for the award.  Six nominees were selected based on their continued professional growth since receiving the credential. Debra has owned and operated her own private family child care program in her home for the past 20 years. The five other candidates work in child care centers.

Debra is the candidate who showed the most professional development since receiving the NJ Infant/Toddler Credential, including her continued leadership and her quest for early childhood education.   Debra has a Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate and her program was accredited in November 2012 by the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC).  She is the vice president of the New Jersey Family Child Care Providers’ Association (NJFCCPA) and an alternate member of the Policy Advisory Board of Professional Impact NJ.  In addition, Debra spends her weekends at armories promoting quality child care for our military families.

Debra received a Certificate of Recognition, a signed copy of Dr. Handler’s book, and $500: $250 for her personal use and $250 to be used in her family child care program.

In Debra’s words, “This has been such a great year for me career wise. … Never give up the chance to become educated or to achieve your next goal towards professional development.”

June Moss Handler was at the conference to recognize Debra and the other nominees. Dr. Handler spoke about the history of CITE and encouraged all who work with infants and toddlers to continue to expand their knowledge of child development in order to provide infants and toddlers with optimal care.

CITE is delighted to honor our founder with this award and is pleased to offer congratulations to Debra DePinho!


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