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Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) COVID-19 Relief Funding

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on child care providers, causing widespread layoffs and closures nationwide. Significant declines in enrollment paired with steep increases in operating expenses have created an unsustainable financial situation for an industry that traditionally relies on razor-thin margins. Recognizing the essential role of child care for children, working families, and the economy, Democrats and Republicans in Congress have sought to prioritize funding and other relief opportunities for child care providers as part of ongoing COVID-19 recovery efforts.

In each of the four major relief packages Congress has passed, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) has been a primary mechanism for providing funding to child care providers and for ensuring access to child care for thousands of working families – including essential workers. This resource outlines funding amounts for CCDBG provided in each of the bills, how funds can be used, and relevant deadlines for reporting & spending the dollars.

This resource outlines funding amounts for CCDBG provided in each of the COVID-19 relief bills, how funds can be used, and relevant deadlines for reporting & spending the dollars.

Our State-wide Board 2021

Officers 

President: Cynthia Soete
First Vice President: Angie DeFazio
Second Vice President: Vacancy
Secretary: Casey Orlando
Treasurer: Vacancy

Members-at-Large:  Michelle Burress, Michele Gregorio, Jennifer Santana, Melissa A. Rivera-Serna and Kathy Simone

Members-at-large continuing their terms on the Board will be Nicole Garibaldi-DeNude, Karen Humphris,  Alicia Jenks, Jennifer Metzger and Lorri Sullivan

Chapter Presidents:

Northwest-Carmela McCleary

Northeast-Kaitlyn Sweeny

University-Vacancy

Southern-Elmoria Thomas

CITE’s Parent & Caregiver Engagement Cards

We are sharing “Building Brains in the First 36 Months of Life” below in English and Spanish, and hope these will help infants build attachments with those caring for them; offering ways to learn about your infant or toddler’s development during everyday routines.

The full version of these standards is available here in both English and Spanish.

CITE Parent Engagement Cards – English

These Parent and Caregiver Engagement Cards are based on New Jersey’s Birth to Three Early Learning Standards. They were developed by CITE in collaboration with the New Jersey Council for Young Children, the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health, MSU Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, and the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network. They provide strategies for parents to use every day with their infants and toddlers to help support their healthy development in all the ways they learn: social and emotional, language, cognitive and physical health and well-being. These cards are also designed to help you discover your child’s own approaches to learning and appreciate each of their temperament traits as strengths. 

(www.nj.gov/education/ece/guide/standards/birth/standards.pdf)

CITE Parent Engagement Cards – Spanish

Estas tarjetas se basan en las Normas de Aprendizaje Temprano de Nacimiento a Tres Años de Nueva Jersey para el uso de los padres. Fueron desarrollados por CITE en colaboración con New Jersey Council for Young Children, New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health, MSU Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, y SPAN Parent Advocacy Network. Proporcionan estrategias para que los padres las usen todos los días con sus bebés y niños pequeños para ayudar a apoyar su desarrollo saludable de todas las maneras en que aprenden: social y emocional, lenguaje, salud cognitiva y física y bienestar.  Estas tarjetas también están diseñadas para ayudarle a descubrir los propios enfoques de su hijo para aprender y apreciar cada uno de sus rasgos de temperamento como fortalezas. www.nj.gov/education/ece/guide/standards/birth/standards.pdf

Example of Parent & Caregiver Engagement Cards

Long time CITE member, Mary Lou Allen, initiated these ‘Building Brains from Birth to 36 Months of Life’  parent & caregiver engagement cards!
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