CCCC encourages early childhood providers to be involved in the child care community. This page list links to websites providers might find useful. You may scroll down to view each section or go directly to the section of interest by clicking a link below.

 

Advocacy

Child Care Resources

Health Websites

Office of Licensing Manual of Requirements

Other

Professional  Development

Publications (Brochures, Newsletters, Health Facts)

 

 

Advocacy

 

Advocates for Children of NJ

Advocates for Children of NJ push for better laws, policies, more effective funding and stronger services for children and families.

www.acnj.org

 

Ending Childhood Hunger

Be a champion to end hunger! To learn what you can do to ensure no child in our country goes hungry visit www.endhungernj.org

 

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)

SPAN’s goal is to increase the quality of early care and education for children with special needs.

www.spannj.org

 

 

Child Care Resources

 

Channing Bete Company

This company has publications, programs and products useful to providers.

www.channing-bete.com/index.html

 

Child Care Aware®

Child Care Aware® helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware® also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs.

http://childcareaware.org

 

Farm to Preschool

Farm to Preschool is a growing movement across the country to bring fresh, nutritious foods from local farms to children in early education and child care programs. Farm to Preschool also includes activities that promote nutrition and physical activity like gardening with preschoolers, field trips to farmers' markets, and class food preparation and taste testing. For more information vist www.farmtopreschool.org

 

High Scope

High Scope provides training for preschool and elementary teachers and administrators. They conduct research projects on the effectiveness of educational programs and developing early childhood and youth development curriculum. High Scope publishes books, videos, curriculum materials, and assessment tools for educators and researchers.

http://highscope.org

 

IRS Child Care Providers Audit Technique Guide

This guide from the US Internal Revenue Service explains what tax examiners are expected to know about the tax returns of child care providers and programs. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=206004,00.html

 

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

This agency works with state and local child care resource and referral agencies nationwide. These agencies help ensure that families have access to high-quality, affordable child care.

www.naccrra.org

 

National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center

This agency provides information on topics commonly of interest to parents and providers; Resources include how to open a child care business, professional development, licensing regulations, and child development and early learning. They also offer a list of publications, organizations, and useful websites.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov

 

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

NIEER conducts and communicates research to support high quality, effective, early childhood education for all young children. Such education enhances their physical, cognitive, and social development, and subsequent success in school and later life.

http://nieer.org

 

NJ Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

NJACCRRA believes that all children deserve access to high quality, affordable child care. Parents can get a list of Resource and Referral agencies outside of Union County, tips on quality child care, and download a child care check list.

http://njaccrra.org

 

NJ Child Assault Prevention

CAP trains children, parents and teachers to prevent peer assault, stranger abduction and known adult assault.

www.njcap.org

 

NJ Early Intervention System (NJEIS)

NJEIS assists infants and toddlers, birth to age three with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families. A member of the early intervention team will come out and conduct an evaluation of the child to decide if there is a need for ongoing early intervention.

www.njeis.org

 

NJ Strengthening Families Initiative (NJ SFI)

NThe NJ Strengthening Families Initiative (SFI) goal is to help prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families through early care and education. Union County child care centers and family child care providers may participate in SFI. For more information on SFI visit www.state.nj.us/dcf/prevention/childhood/strengthening.html. If you are interested in participating in SFI, call 973-923-1433 ext. 143 or 106.

 

Prevent Child Abuse NJ

Prevent Child Abuse NJ is dedicated to preventing all forms of child abuse. They offer tips for parent (articles/brochures) as well as programs and trainings.

www.preventchildabusenj.org

 

Professional Impact NJ

Promotes and coordinates systems for the educational development of early childhood and primary education, family child care, and afterschool programs. They administer the NJ Infant/Toddler Credential, the NJ Administrators Credential, and have programs to aid providers through the accreditation process.

www.pinj.org

 

Program for Infant Toddler Care

The goal of PITC is to help infant/toddler providers to recognize the importance of giving tender, loving care and assisting in the infants' intellectual development. PITC's offer videos, guides, and manuals to help child care managers and providers to become sensitive to infants' cues, connect with their family and culture, and develop responsive, relationship-based care.

www.pitc.org

 

NJ Strengthening Families

The NJ Strengthening Families Initiative is an approach to preventing child abuse and neglect by strengthening families through early care and education. Union County child care centers and family child care providers may participate in SFI.

www.nj.gov/dcf/prevention/childhood/strengthening.html

www.strengtheningfamilies.net

 

Teaching Strategies

Teaching Strategies is an educational publishing company serving the early childhood community exclusively. They are the publishers of The Creative Curriculum®.  They also offer professional development and family connection resources to programs serving children from birth to age 6.

www.teachingstrategies.com

 

Zero to Three

Zero to Three is dedicated to informing, training and supporting early childhood professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

http://www.zerotothree.org

 

 

Health Websites

 

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation's goal is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices. Founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foudation, the Alliance works to positvely affect the places that can make a difference in a child's health: homes, schools, doctor's offices, and communities.

www.healthiergeneration.org

 

Autism New Jersey

Autism New Jersey provides information, advocacy services, family and professional education, and consultation to those caring for a loved one with Autism.

www.autismnj.org

 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Adolescent and School Health)

CThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a section on their website dedicated to Adolescent and School Health. It's goal is to promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults.

www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth

 

Let’s Move!

Let’s Move!is a program dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity. The Let’s Move! Initiative focus on creating a healthy start for children, empowering parents and caregivers, providing healthy food in schools, improving access to healthy, affordable foods and increasing physical activity.

www.letsmove.gov

 

NJ FamilyCare

The State of NJ provides affordable health insurance for children and certain low-income parents/guardians.

www.njfamilycare.org

 

NJ Health Link

New Jersey HealthLink provides instant-access to valuable health care information. It gives details about health care services and eligibility, as well as contact names and phone numbers. It covers topics such as alcohol services, prescription drugs, nutrition and wellness, transportation services, assisted living and more.

www.nj.gov/njhealthlink

 

The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of NJ

LThis website provides useful information with regards to Asthma including printable resources for parents and child care providers. Items include: Daily Asthma/Allergy Communication Form, Child Care Air Quality Chart, and Steps to Follow for an Asthma Episode. www.pacnj.org

 

Respira

Located at The University Hospital in Newark, the program educates both parents and children about the development, triggers, and treatment of asthma.

www.umdnj.edu/about/news_events/releases/07/r020707_RESPIRA_

HelpsLatino_Children.htm

 

Shaping NJ

This state program aims to promote healthy lifestyles. It does this by educating the public about being physically active, and eating healthy. It also gives information about how to find recreational facilities and nutritious foods where they live, work, learn and play. It's goal is to fight obesity and chronic disease prevention. www.shapingnj.gov

 

 

OOL Manual of Requirements

 

Manual: Requirements for Child Care Centers

www.state.nj.us/dcf/divisions/licensing/CCCmanual.pdf

 

Manual: Requirements for Family Child Care Registration www.state.nj.us/dcf/divisions/licensing/FCCmanual_09.pdf

 

 

Other Resources

(Lists County, State, Federal & Private Resources)

 

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Federal agency that tracks recalled products, (for example toys and cribs) which can cause harm to children and families.

www.cpsc.gov

 

Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE)  

DECE is responsible for preschool through 3rd grade (PK3) programs that fall under the New Jersey Department of Education.

www.nj.gov/education/ece

 

Division of Child Protection and Permanency - DCP&P (formerly DYFS)

DCP&P is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect.  If necessary they arrange for the child's protection and the family's treatment. To report suspected child abuse and neglect, please call 1-877-NJ-ABUSE (652-2873)

http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/about/divisions/dcpp/

 

Inmate Finder

Inmate finder allows the public to get basic information about inmates in NJ correctional facilities. The New Jersey Department of Corrections updates this information on a biweekly basis to ensure that it is complete and accurate as possible.

https://www6.state.nj.us/DOC_Inmate/inmatefinder?i=I

 

NJ 2-1-1

NJ 2-1-1 can help you find resources in your community like day care facilities, shelters, affordable housing units, social services, employment training programs, senior services, medical insurance, and more.

www.nj211.org

 

NJ Dept. of Children and Families (DCF)

DCF’s goal is to strengthen families and assist in the overall welfare of children. The website has information on topics such as child safety, adoption services, education services and prevention. The state’s Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline is also under this department.

www.state.nj.us/dcf/index.shtml

 

Sex Offender Search

New Jersey law authorizes the Division of State Police to make available to the public over the Internet information about certain sex offenders required to register under Megan's Law.

www.state.nj.us/njsp/info/reg_sexoffend.html

 

 

Professional Development

 

Child Care Exchange

The Child Care Exchange website focuses on meeting the needs of child care directors and trainers.  The site offers a variety of useful resources including subscriptions to Exchange magazine and registration for the free child care daily newsletter, ExchangeEveryday.www.ccie.com

Coalition for Infant and Toddlers Educators

(Annual conference; Membership available)

CITE promotes quality infant and toddler care education. They provide professional development workshops and conferences. CITE, in partnership with Professional Impact NJ offers the NJ Infant/Toddler Credential. This credential educates infant/toddler providers in center-based care and family child care programs. Infant/toddler providers may also become a member of CITE for a small fee.

www.njcite.org

 

Council for Professional Recognition

The Council for Professional Recognition promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children aged birth to 5 years old. They award the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential to early childhood providers working with children birth through 5 years old.

www.cdacouncil.org

 

National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

(Annual conference; Membership available)

NAEYC is a leading voice for early childhood education.  They help policy makers and the public understand the benefits of high-quality child care programs and services.  They also advocate for affordable early childhood education for all children birth through age 8.

www.naeyc.org

 

NJ Association for Education of Young Children (NJAEYC)

(Annual conference; Membership available)

This is the NJ chapter of NAEYC. It consists of early childhood professionals who are concerned with the well-being of children ages birth through eight. Providers can become a member of a local chapter of NJAEYC. NJAEYC host an annual conference for providers and some local chapters often host workshops.

www.naeyc.org

 

National Association for Family Child Care

(Annual conference; Membership available)

National Association for Family Child Care is dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care. Family child care providers can seek accreditation through this agency.

http://nafcc.org

 

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

This agency works with state and local child care resource and referral agencies nationwide. These agencies help ensure that families have access to high-quality, affordable child care.

www.naccrra.org

 

National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE)

(Annual conference; Membership available)

NAECTE members are from all across the United States and other countries who have a common interest in Early Childhood Teacher Education.

www.naecte.org

 

National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)

(Annual conference; Membership available)

NBCDI seeks to improve and protect the quality of life for children of color and their families.  Their focus is on early childhood education, child welfare, elementary and secondary education, and health.

http://nbcdi.org/

 

NJ Child Care Association (NJCCA)

(Annual conference; Membership available)

NJCCA provides training and education opportunities to help child care centers enhance the effectiveness of center administration and management and improve the quality of care for the children they serve. NJCCA provides: professional training offered at the members' center, mentoring from established center directors, regional trainings and events, annual statewide NJCCA conference, national child care

conference and a speakers bureau.

www.njccainc.org

 

NJ Family Child Care Providers' Association

(Annual conference; Membership available)

NJ Family Child Care Providers’ Association provides support services, educational development, information dissemination, and training to family child care providers.

www.njfccpa.org

 

NJ Inclusive Child Care Project

This project offers free workshops for parents and professionals in both English and Spanish. They also offer free on-site technical assistance and support to child care providers, including family child care providers and after-school programs on including children with special needs.

www.spannj.org/njiccp/index.html

 

NJ Registry

(Membership available)

Statewide system that guides, tracks, and recognizes the professional growth and development of individuals working with children birth through age 8 and in afterschool programs. Applicants can apply for Office of Licensing Group Teacher, Head Teacher and School-Aged Program Supervisor approvals, become an instructor of adults or apply for financial assistance programs through the NJ Registry.

https://www.pinjregistry.org

 

NJ School Age Care Coalition

 (Annual conference; Membership available)

NJ School Age Care Coalition provides training conferences, workshops, and information services for afterschool program professionals in New Jersey.

www.njsacc.org

 

 

Publications

 

Visit our Downloadable Forms section for a list of useful brochures, newsletters and Health Fact Sheet.

 

ED Pubs

The ED Pubs website has over 6,000 free publications on it by the U.S. Department of Education. These publications include: brochures, CD-ROMs, grant applications, newsletters, posters, research reports, videotapes, and financial aid products.

www.edpubs.gov

 

 

 

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