MARCH MADNESS!! CCCC training classes are more popular than ever. It was a full-house for the NJ First Steps’ workshop “Discoveries of Infancy Part 1.” As a reminder, to make sure you get to enjoy the workshop, you need to arrive on time. The door will be closed 15 minutes after the scheduled start time and if you didn't register on-line you may not be able to stay because every seat has been taken. So remember to be on time and register on-line! We hope to see you next month!

Asthma and the Holidays The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey offers a new resource in English and Spanish: Asthma and the Holidays which explains the importance of getting a flu shot http://www.pacnj.org/checkitoutweek7.html

PACNJ also has new demonstraion videos on Using an Inhaler http://www.pacnj.org/inhaler.html and Using a Nebulizer http://www.pacnj.org/nebulizer.html in English and Spanish.  There are handouts in color and black and white that go with the videos for you to download and reproduce.

Crib Recall On December 28, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission set new safety guidelines for cribs. The guidelines ban drop-side cribs, require new structural enhancements and labeling on all cribs. The new guidelines also allows for alternate designs for accessing infants, such as a drop-gate crib side (visit our Downloadable forms section for a copy of Crib Recall Guide to New Crib Standards and A Safer Generation flyers).Crib manufactures, as of June 28, 2011, must follow the new crib guidelines. These new rules apply to both fixed side and drop-side cribs. Any crib that does not meet these new standards must be replaced by December 28, 2012. For a list of phone numbers for crib manufactures click here. For more information visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website at www.cpsc.gov

Small Business Loans Available From UCEDC Union County Economic Development Corporation has money to lend to viable small business startups and existing operations.  They are looking to fund applicants who can’t qualify for conventional lending but have sound ideas and a positive track record. They have been designated as a SBA7(a) Community Advantage Lender, one of only 30 lenders in the nation to offer this program. Designed to encourage business growth in underserved communities, the 7(a) program comes with a significant SBA loan guarantee.  They can now make long-term loans of up to $250,000 for a broad array of purposes, including construction, renovation, equipment, and business acquisition. They will stick with their clients throughout the life of the loan, offering ongoing mentoring to keep them on track. 
Visit
www.ucedc.com for information about applying for this loan or call 908-527-1166.