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Calling all Center-based and Family Child Care Educators, Directors and advocates, please help us find this year’s recipient for our June Handler Award among New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credentialed Educators:
Please nominate a Credentialed Educator in your program currently using their Infant Mental Health knowledge and leadership skills to raise quality in child care through their work.
View past June Handler Award Recipients
The June Handler Award criteria for nominations is as follows:
- Candidate must work in an accredited child care center or accredited family child care home.
- Candidate must have worked in the field for five years with at least three years in the same facility working directly with infants and toddlers.
- Candidate must have earned the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential and its status must be active.
- Candidate must be an active member of CITE.
- Candidate must have pursued post Credential professional development in infant/ toddler topics.
- Candidate must demonstrate/advocacy for infants and toddlers.
- Candidate must demonstrate leadership qualities in her/his employment setting, in an early care and education association, or in the community (relating to infants and toddlers).
- Candidate must demonstrate dedication to the development and promotion of best practices in early care and education.
CITE Statewide Board Members (June 1, 2022 thru May 31, 2023) We are seeking a Treasurer, a 1st Vice President, as well as Members-at-large. If you are a CITE member, or would like to become one soon, please review the roles and responsibilities for each position in our Bylaws.
Board members are elected at our CITE Conference. Please share your nominations in advance or nominate yourself during our conference on May 14th, 2022.
Let us know if you have interest! You may nominate yourself or recommend someone here.
Thank you for your interest!
Someone from the board will contact you to answer any questions.
Ruth Segura, our Ninth Annual June Handler Awardee, arrived in NJ with her father at the age of 17. Bringing her from her home in Peru, this big adventure meant leaving behind those she was attached to, including her extended family and all the familiar things she loves. Remembering her own longing for home, Ruth built her career around caring for young children whose own worlds have changed through immigration.
Ruth is this year’s recipient of the Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators (CITE) Ninth Annual June Handler Award, in honor of the organization’s co-founder, June Moss Handler. She is one of the 172 Credential earners statewide.
This $1,000 award acknowledges Ruth’s dedication to educating infants and toddlers in care outside their homes by relying on the practices of infant mental health promoted in the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential.
Building trust is the key work of infants and toddlers for them to build healthy relationship and become successful learners. The New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential was created with statewide collaboration to offer the specific professional development for infant and toddler caregivers, especially those who have earned their CDA. Acquiring this credential requires participation in two college credit bearing courses which are currently offered remotely. Funding for this coursework is available for those who qualify. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.