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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. 


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.

COVID-19: Infants and Toddlers in Child Care

Child care programs across the country have begun to re-open and re-connect with families as states make decisions about stay-at-home and social distancing orders. State leaders are helping child care providers to access and understand the CDC child care guidelines as a baseline for health and safety procedures, with some states also providing state-specific rules and guidelines to protect children and families.

As states create and implement guidance, it is important to note how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the stressors facing families and threatened the mental health of both children and adults. Leaders also need to pay attention to how new practices, intended to minimize the risk of virus exposure, may disrupt traditional, relationship-building connection points between providers and families. In all of this, innovative practices and intentional policymaking will be essential to continue meeting the developmental needs of babies in early learning programs.

In Considerations for Developmental Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic, ZERO TO THREE offers recommendations related to mental health and relationships to layer on top of CDC guidelines to ensure that the developmental needs of babies and families are a part of state re-opening plans.


Kids Feel Pandemic Stress Too: Here’s How To Help Them Thrive

“When children are clearly sad or upset, the best gift parents can give them is time, says psychiatrist Joshua Morganstein, spokesperson for the American Psychiatric Association. “Sit with them and give them time, time to wait and listen to what they have to say.” He says this lets the child know that, number one, they are “worth waiting for” and that you will try to understand what they’re going through. And be honest, he says, when talking with your child no matter what their age.” Click here for the article from NPR.

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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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