Our State-wide Board 2021


President: Cynthia Soete
President Elect: Rebekka Zydel
First Vice President: Angie DeFazio
Second Vice President: Cristin Repas
Secretary: Casey Orlando
Treasurer: Vacancy


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
Central: Maribel Tapia
Southern: Elmoria Thomas

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Slate of Nominees

For Election to State Board of Directors


Officers   (serve for 1 year)

President Rebekka Zydel
1st Vice President  Christin Repas
2nd Vice President  Vacancy
Secretary Casey Orlando
Treasurer Kimberly Bowe

At-Large Members  (serve for 2 years)

Michelle Burress, Nicole Garibaldi-DeNude, Michele Gregario, Karen Humphris, Alicia Jenks, Melissa Rivera-Serna, Jennifer Santana Kathryn Simone, and Lorri Sullivan.

ACNJ Announcement – Week of The Young Child

ACNJ, along with parents and child care providers, met with Senator Bob Menendez last week for a roundtable discussion on why affordable, high-quality child care matters. Child care is in crisis, and has been long before the pandemic. Between soaring costs, lack of availability, staff shortages and more, the industry has been operating on razor-thin margins and is in danger of collapsing.

Now, Senator Menendez wants to hear from you as he crafts federal legislation to help the industry and parents! Right now, he is working to pass legislation to ensure any family making under $213,000 in New Jersey will pay no more than 7% of their income on child care – saving a typical New Jersey family as much as $27,000. Send him a tweet on why affordable #childcare matters, and let him know how you would #ReimagineChildCare on the federal level. Make sure you tag @ACNJForKids and use the hashtag #WOTYC22

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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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