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.

Read all about it! Founder & Board Member, June Handler’s Book


The Board of Directors of CITE is proud to announce that Dr. June Handler’s book, INFANTS and TODDLERS as MEMBERS, MAKERS, INTERPRETERS: A Philosophical Journey is available for sale.

June Handler is one of the founders of CITE and remains a current Board member. Please read the review of June’s book written by Janet Gonzalez-Mena, a leader in the field of Infant/Toddler Care.

The requested donation for the book is $25 plus $5:00 shipping and handling. All proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to CITE. To order a copy call Sue Williamson at (908) 668-6840. Please inquire if interested in having Dr. June Handler sign your copy of the book.

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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