The 2020 Conference is VIRTUAL!

Hello, CITE Conference Registrant (Infant/Toddler Neuro-Architect)!

I hope you and the ones in your care are well as I reach out to thank you for saving the date for our event postponed from March: our 35th Annual CITE Conference, “Everyday Care from Everyday Heroes.” I wanted you to know that we’re following the science and will now deliver this event as a Zoom webinar to help keep us all safe.

Kaplan Early Learning Company will generously host this event on their virtual platform and CITE is thrilled to have their partnership. Counting down to our virtual conference, while we sort everything out, look at what Kaplan has for helping infants and toddlers sort out their own feelings.  And you can reach out to Kaplan’s Chis Cottino to learn more at

Now, more than ever, knowing more about trauma-informed care is needed with infants and toddlers, especially if your program is operating during this challenging care climate.

Plan to join us live 1-3 PM on Friday, October 2, 2020, for 

Dr. Kaitlin Mulcahy’s Keynote Address: 

Cultivating Safety through Relationships:
How Infant and Toddler Teachers Can Protect Against Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Promote Relational Wellness

We’ll also be awarding the Eighth Annual June Handler Award to a deserving New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credentialed educator.

After the door prizes are given away, those who registered for the March in-person conference will receive 30 days of exclusive, on-demand access to over 20+ prerecorded sessions so you can review all of them, including the two presentations for which you registered. Watch them at your leisure and access professional development hours for each one you complete.

While our platform has changed, our mission has not.  We will continue to share tools with in-person conference registrants to use in responsive caregiving; you will receive them by mail in late September.  Please complete this short survey form to confirm your contact information.

While you are awaiting October 2’s Virtual Conference Keynote Address, whether this is your first or your 35th with us, I invite you to do three things:

  1. Visit Kaplan to learn more about their tools for social and emotional learning and PPE offerings.
  2. Explore the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential coursework now being offered remotely across New Jersey by Passaic County Community College. You do not have to be a Passaic County resident to register. Click here for details on Remote Learning Access to the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential.
  3. If you have more interest in the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential, please click here.

NOTE: If you had not registered for the in-person conference, you, your friends, and the parents of the children you serve can get access to the live webinar on October 2 by joining CITE or renewing CITE membership. Please complete this form and submit with a $30 payment.  Links to the live keynote address will be sent upon receipt of payment.

Best regards,
Cynthia Soete MS Ed, IMH-E®

Our Babies Can’t Wait: CITE Supports the Statement from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health

The Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators stands in support of the following statement from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health

As part of the global infant/early childhood mental health community, we are committed to deepening conversation and promoting reflection and action to address ongoing bias, structural racism, and racial violence that impacts the health and wellbeing of all our babies and their families.

We believe in the power of relationships to raise a collective voice against racism.  We stand in solidarity with communities of color across the nation and the world and commit ourselves to mitigating the chronic trauma that racism has had on generations of children of color, their families, and the infant/early childhood workforce.

We hold in mind parents and caregivers of color who are tasked with protecting and creating a safe space for their babies while also managing their own emotions, as we also hold in mind the infant/early childhood mental health workforce of color who strive to hold and comfort families while managing their own emotions.

We believe that change and healing starts with each one of us. We must intentionally examine the ways we contribute to the continuation or dismantling of racial trauma and structural oppression.
We must respond with purpose and action.  Our babies can’t wait.

With hope and love,

Staff and Board of Directors

Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health


State Board of Directors 2020 – 2021

The following State Board members were elected based on the recent survey to members, conducted in lieu of an in-person vote at the postponed conference. Terms began on June 1, 2020.

Officers (serve for 1 year)

President Cynthia Soete
1st Vice President Angie DeFazio
2nd Vice President Michele Gregorio
Secretary Melissa Rivera-Serna
Treasurer Daisy Linares (Appointed)

 At Large Members (serve for 2 years)

Linda Carter Nicole Garibaldi-DeNude
Beverly Lee Lorri Sullivan

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A Pandemic within a Pandemic: How Coronavirus and Systemic Racism Are Harming Infants and Toddlers of Color

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), released a new brief, A Pandemic within a Pandemic: How Coronavirus and Systemic Racism Are Harming Infants and Toddlers of Color, that unpacks the harm of systemic racism to children’s development and describes how the coronavirus pandemic has magnified pervasive inequities in health, education, employment, and other factors across race and ethnicity.

Programs that help families meet their basic needs urgently need immediate shoring up. And policymakers must prioritize families of color who are most harmed by the coronavirus. We make the case for focusing on the needs of families of color with infants and toddlers in coronavirus relief and systemic policy reform efforts to ensure that policies do not continue or add to inequities.

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