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Dec 10: Making Inclusion Work in Child Care REGISTRATION REQUIRED; $25 FEE More info
Dec 15: Overview on Joining the NJ Registry More info
Jan 14: Overview of the Environment Rating Scales - ECERS and ITERS REGISTRATION REQUIRED; $25 FEE More info
Jan 15: Reflecting the Standards in Your Classroom Environment More info
CCC ANNOUNCES FREE INFANT/TODDLER WORKSHOPS FOR 2015!
Child Care Connection will once again be offering free infant/toddler training opportunities in 2015 through the New Jersey First Steps Infant/Toddler Initiative.
NEW TRAINING BROCHURE NOW AVAILABLE
Click document link for a list of CCC's 2014-15 training opportunities!
CCC REPORTS END-OF-YEAR BENCHMARKS
Read Child Care Connection's report for fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 thru June 30, 2015) to learn all the agency accomplished over the last 12 months!
NEW REGULATIONS FOR FAMILY, FRIEND & NEIGHBOR (FFN) CHILD CARE PROVIDERS!
Effective July 1, 2014, prospective new providers must meet all health and safety requirements as described below. Existing providers must meet Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) health and safety requirements by December 31, 2014.
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!
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."
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.
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.