You can be a part of increasing the quality of infant/toddler child care in New Jersey!

Today, December 2, is #GivingTuesday, a day for giving back to the non-profits that serve you and your interests throughout the year.

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 to support infant/toddler teachers and administrators who provide infant/toddler programs.

2014 has been a wonderful year for New Jersey’s infants and toddlers and the dedicated professionals who care for them each day!

  • We now have 120 individuals who have successfully completed CITE’s New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential and now provide informed, intentional, developmentally-appropriate care for the infants and toddlers in their care.
  • The New Jersey Birth to Three Early Learning Standards, the state’s first guidelines for programs serving infants and toddlers and their families, were published and are a valuable resource for infant/toddler programs.
  • The Infant Mental Health Competency Guidelines were introduced through the work of the New Jersey Council for Young Children’s Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health Committee and the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health.
  • The pilot of Grow NJ Kids, the Quality Rating Improvement System, continues to expand throughout the state to many programs that serve infants and toddlers. Staff members in these programs receive professional development in utilizing research-based curricula.

Your support in 2015 will enable CITE to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our work to ensure that high quality early care and education is available to every infant and toddler in New Jersey through a coordinated system of early childhood and family support programs that offer healthy, social/emotional learning environments and educated, responsive caregivers.  Our Annual Conference provides affordable professional development to some 250 individuals who work with infants and toddlers and their families every day.  You can help us meet this goal!

In 2015, CITE will incorporate the Infant Mental Health Competency Guidelines and the New Jersey Birth to Three Early Learning Standards into the requirements of the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential. In addition, New Jersey’s infants and toddlers and their families will benefit from some promising endeavors included in the state’s Race to the Top application, including the expansion of the Pyramid Model training to strengthen early childhood professional development in social-emotional health.

There are several ways you can support CITE at any time, but especially on #GivingTuesday:

  • By a tax-deductible donation sent to the address below;
  • By installing the Amazon Smile button on your browser for purchasing items on Amazon Smile, which contributes a percentage of your purchase price to CITE; and
  • By installing the iGive button  on your browser to have a percentage of any purchase you make online at participating websites donated to CITE.

Please consider being a part of #GivingTuesday through your support of the Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators by your tax-deductible donation to assist in our mission to promote quality infant and toddler care and education and enable our continued involvement in the New Year’s exciting opportunities!  Thank you.

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The Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators

PO Box 1015

Barnegat Light  NJ 08006

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