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Mar 15: Creative Curriculum for Infants & Toddlers More info
Mar 18: Family Child Care Registration Pre-Service Training *This two-day training event is the make-up date(s) for the two-day pre-service canceled in February. If you were scheduled for the February dates, please plan on attending. More info
Mar 19: Family Child Care Registration Pre-Service Training This two-day training event is the make-up date(s) for the two-day pre-service canceled in February. If you were scheduled for the two-day event in February event, you should attend these dates. More info
Mar 20: Building Effective Communication Skills More info
FEBRUARY PRE-SERVICE TRAINING RESCHEDULED
The two-day family child care pre-service training that was canceled for February 19-20 due our recent emergency closing has been rescheduled for March 18-19. If you were registered for the two-day February training, please plan on attending the newly scheduled training, to be held at the same time (9am-1:30pm) here at CCC. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.
CHILD CARE CONNECTION RE-OPENS!
Child Care Connection is happy to announce that we have reopened! Due to damages sustained during recent weather events, our offices were closed all of last week. As the office was without power for most of that time, our phone system, fax machine, and e-mail system were down. We apologize if you were unable to reach us. In an effort to serve our customers, staff set up shop in the downstairs lobby, where we served more than 125 walk-in clients! We have now resumed our normal business hours. Thank you for your patience during this challenging time.
ANNOUNCING THE AVAILABILITY OF CHILD CARE FUNDS
Do you need help paying for child care? You could be eligible for a child care subsidy through the New Jersey Cares for Kids child care subsidy program. Open the document for all the details!
CCC TO HOLD EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TRAINING FOR PROVIDERS
Training is designed to help child care providers develop and implement robust emergency plans that cater to the specific needs of their program. The course teaches participants best practices in evacuation, relocation and family re-unification. The curriculum also provides guidance for practical applications to improve overall emergency protocol. Click on document link for all the details. Use Calendar tab (go to May 13) at left to register or call 609/989-7940. Limit two participants per program!
EARLY MERCER READS EVENT - SAVE THE DATE!
The Mercer County Workforce Investment Board presents its 6th Annual Early Mercer Reads event. This is a volunteer opportunity to instill in preschool children a joy of reading. Children will engage in a simultaneous reading activity from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014.
CCC ANNOUNCES CENTER LICENSING WORKSHOPS FOR 2014!
The Understanding Licensing Workshop is designed for center sponsors, directors, and lead staff to know and implement the regulations in the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers. This workshop is held by the NJ Office of Licensing in Lawrenceville. For all the details, open the document link. Register early!
REPORT HIGHLIGHTS HIGH COST OF CHILD CARE IN NJ
"The cost of quality child care is out of reach for too many families," states Rebekka Zydel, president of NJACCRRA. "As a result of increasing child care costs and the current economy, some parents have been forced to perform a balancing act between supplying basic necessities or covering child care costs to remain in the workforce in order to have income to adequately provide for their families."
CCC TO OFFER FREE INFANT/TODDLER CLASSES IN 2014
Child Care Connection will once again be offering free infant/toddler training opportunities in 2014 through the New Jersey First Steps Infant/Toddler Initiative.
CCC SPRING CDA SERIES - REGISTRATION OPEN, FUNDING AVAILABLE!
Child Care Connection is pleased to announce that we have funding from the State of NJ/DHS/Division of Family Development to support partial completion of your CDA credential coursework this spring semester. Open the attached document for all the details! Don't delay - sign up today!
NEW TRAINING BROCHURE NOW AVAILABLE
Click document link for a list of CCC's 2013-14 training opportunities!
DFD RELEASES NEW ECC TRAINING VIDEOS
The NJ Division of Family Development has released new training videos on the ECC system. Videos are available in both English and Spanish for the IVR and POS systems.
CCC ANNOUNCES NEW INITIATIVE
Through funding from the County of Mercer, Child Care Connection has developed a network for family child care providers who offer services to children who are on a subsidy or at risk.
NEW FEDERAL SAFETY RULES FOR PLAY YARDS
Beginning Feb. 28, 2013, manufacturers and importers of infant and toddler play yards are required to test their play yards to ensure that they meet new federal safety standards. Play yards are framed enclosures with a floor and mesh or fabric side panels. Most can be folded for storage or travel. For details, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/02/play-yards-new-safety-rule-to-take-effect/#.US5ewkIzcsM.email
SHAPING NJ OFFERS ONLINE TOOLKIT!
Shaping NJ has made it Child Care Best Practices Tookit available online at no cost. This toolkit provides simple and easy to use tools, including policies, practices, and guides to implement low-cost, safe, and appealing options for young children to eat healthy and play actively in child care centers.
MERCER COUNTY CENTERS TO RECEIVE ASTHMA FRIENDLY CHILD CARE AWARD
True Servant Preschool Academy, Carolyn Stokes Day Nursery, Ewing CYO Preschool @ Hollowbrook, and Umma Daycare Learning Center received The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey (PACNJ) Asthma Friendly Child Care Program Award. Child Care Connection in Trenton, NJ was able to work with and support all four child care centers in the process of qualifying for the Asthma Friendly Child Care Program Award through funding from Children’s Futures.
E-CHILD CARE PAGE LAUNCHED
For all the info you need on e-Child Care (ECC), click on the e-Child Care logo on the left side of this page. The page offers many downloadable forms and links for both parents and providers for navigating the State's new electronic attendance-tracking system.
CHILDREN'S CRIB RECALL
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a major voluntary recall of drop-side cribs manufactured by seven different firms. The drop-side hardware may fail causing entrapment, suffocation, and fall hazards. The drop-side and fixed-side cribs involved in the recall were manufactured between 2000 and 2009 by the following companies: Child Craft; Delta Enterprise Corporation; Evenflo; Jardine Enterprises; LaJobi; Million Dollar Baby; and Simmons Juvenile Products, Inc. CPSC is urging consumers to not attempt to fix these cribs with homemade remedies. Consumers are asked to contact the company for which their crib was manufactured.
The mission of The Child Care Connection, Inc. is to promote quality child care services in our community. Through a multi-pronged approach of parent information, child care resource development, child care provider training, and advocacy, the Child Care Connection seeks to provide for the health, safety, and development of children.
Since 1986, the Child Care Connection has been committed to a range of programs and services that meet the needs of today's families. The agency, based in Trenton, New Jersey, has a dedicated staff of more than 30 professionals with extensive experience in the fields of education, early care, and health and behavioral sciences. In addition, we work with a pool of highly qualified consultants with expertise in human resources, organizational development, and gerontology.
Annually, the Child Care Connection delivers over 1,000 training hours to parents, caregivers, and child care professionals. In 1995 the Early Childhood Institute for Professional Development was formed to offer a state-of-the-art educational program to individuals in the field. In the workplace, we deliver lunch-time seminars to help employees address work and family-related issues.
Our business services client list is composed of highly visible, well-managed organizations with high standards for quality services. Through funding from Children's Futures, the City of Trenton, the County of Mercer, and the State of New Jersey, we administer several enhanced care programs to improve the quality of child care and related programs at the local level.