Professional Development

Scholarship Funds for Infant and Toddler Practitioners

The New Jersey First Steps Infant Toddler Initiative is pleased to announce the availability of scholarship funds for infant and toddler practitioners employed in New Jersey licensed child care centers. These funds are made available through the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and are to be used to increase the number of infant and toddler practitioners obtaining the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential in child care centers in New Jersey. All funding is subject to federal and state auditing and monitoring.

The ARRA funding is time-limited and must be expended by June 30, 2011. Scholarship funds will be distributed until such time or as long as funds are available. Funding is available for infant and toddler practitioners in New Jersey licensed child care centers to cover the tuition, fees and book stipend of the two approved college in-class, three credit courses (six credits total) leading toward the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential. Approved topics are Social and Emotional Development: Infant Mental Health for Practitioners and Supervised Field Work in Infant and Toddler Settings. See www.pinj.org or www.njcite.org for a listing of approved New Jersey in-class three credit courses.

Eligibility Requirements

Infant and toddler practitioners in licensed New Jersey child care centers may be eligible to receive up to $4,000 to cover the tuition, fees and book stipend of the two approved college for-credit classes (six credits) leading toward the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

 

  • Candidate works directly with children birth through age three as a head teacher, group teacher, or assistant teacher in a licensed New Jersey child care center.
  • Candidate works full-time (at least 30 hours per week) currently, for one year prior to application, and for one year following completion of the NJ Infant/Toddler Credential in a licensed child care center serving infants and toddlers.
  • Candidate must have completed the training/education requirements of the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential, which include: 120 hours of non-credit training related to the Infant/Toddler Credential Key Indicators or the Infant/Toddler CDA or 15 college credits related to the Infant/Toddler Credential Key Indicators or an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Child Development or a related field (see page 2 of the “New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential Learning Guide”).
  • Candidate must successfully obtain the NJ Infant/Toddler Credential upon completion of the scholarship-funded coursework.
  • Candidate must obtain a grade of B- or better in both classes taken on scholarship.

Interested infant/toddler practitioners who meet the eligibility requirements should contact the New Jersey First Steps Agency for the county in which they work (see the back cover of the enclosed “Handbook of Rules and Regulations”).

Download College Application  |  Download NJFS Infant Toddler Scholarship Handbook

NJ Infant/Toddler Credential

The Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators and Professional Impact NJ are joining together to proudly introduce:

The New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential

New Jersey has a deep commitment to providing quality child care for the state’s infants and toddlers by providing programs that support strong nurturing relationships, cultural competencies and diverse learning styles and needs. The key to quality is the teachers who care for and teach children and families everyday. The Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators has joined in a partnership with Professional Impact NJ to launch the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential to enhance the knowledge, skills and practice of infant/toddler professionals and para-professionals in center based and family child care programs.

The New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential can be earned by applying to Professional Impact NJ and submitting:

1. Transcripts and/or documentation of clock hours of training:

  • 9 College credits related to Key Indicators or
  • 120 approved non-credit training hours related to Key Indicators or
  • Infant/Toddler CDA or
  • BA or AA in early childhood education, child development, human development or related field.

2. Transcripts of the completion of 2 college courses (3 credits each): Social & Emotional Development: Infant Mental Health for Practitioners and Supervised Field Work in Infant and Toddler Settings.

3. Portfolio demonstrating how knowledge is applied to program implementation.

4. Documentation of appropriate work experience. (Minimum of 6 months with children under three years of age)

5. Advisor’s feedback on observation and field experience.

6. Two letters of recommendation: One from a parent in program and one from a supervisor. Family child care providers submit two letters from parents.

7. Reflective personal essay and statement of commitment.

Find out why the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential is important to your care giving practice and to your career, how you can earn the credential, where you can find support resources, and available financial assistance.

Call Professional Impact NJ at 908-737-4240 or visit their website at www.pinj.org.

The Learning Guide for the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential is now available!  Contact CITE at 732-329-0033 or www.njcite.org or PINJ at 908-737-4240 or www.pinj.org to purchase your copy.

Reducing the risk of SIDS

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Child Care America is pleased to announce the release of a new online module on Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in Child Care! Based off of the AAP Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care Speakers Kit, this FREE course is designed to educate everyone who cares for babies, including child care providers, health care professionals, parents, grandparents, and relatives.

In 1 hour, participants will learn how to create a safe sleep environment to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep related deaths. With an easy to use format, this course is available 24/7 from your home or office computer. Child care providers will receive a certificate of completion for 1.0 contact hour. Health care professionals can also receive credit (see flyer for details).

For instructions on how to access this FREE course, visit www.healthychildcare.org/pdf/SIDSmoduleflyer.pdf. Feel free to disseminate this flyer to anyone who cares for infants!

For more information and materials on how to reduce the risk of SIDS, visit www.healthychildcare.org/sids.html.

The Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care online module is supported by Grant No. U46MC04436 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Child Care Bureau and the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, to the AAP.



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