Did you know? Across New Jersey
The Infant Toddler Specialist Network
The NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development (DFD) funds the Infant Toddler Specialist Network through Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies serving every county.
Infant Toddler Specialists work with child care professionals (registered family child care providers and child care center staff) to:
Support through the Infant Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) is FREE!
Working with infants and toddlers can be challenging. However, Infant Toddler Specialists can help. Family child care providers and child care centers can work with a specialist in one of two ways:
Infant Toddler Specialist Network Services:
Professional Development. On-site in-person or virtual (through Zoom) topics are delivered by specialized trainers to present best practice standards in infant and toddler brain development. For those interested, you can earn an Infant and Toddler Certificate for completion of the ITSN initiative. You can also work on obtaining your Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. You may be eligible for scholarships through NJCCIS so that you can get your CDA for free! What's a CDA? Contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency Infant Toddler Specialist to find out more!
Technical Assistance & Consultation. The Infant Toddler Specialists will serve as mentors to new and experienced early educators. How does your program incorporate New Jersey's Birth to Three Early Learning Standards? Infant Toddler Specialists can help because they know what works! Some of the services they offer include: Zoom, telephone and on-site support, site observations, and collaboration with you to develop a plan that works best for you and the children in your care. Infant Toddler Specialists are experts about best practices based on current research.
Grow New Jersey Kids (GNJK). Is your program part of Grow New Jersey Kids, the state child care quality and improvement system? If not, Infant Toddler Specialists and Quality Improvement Specialists within local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency can help you get ready to start the process. Did you know that child care centers and family child care homes that participate in GNJK receive higher subsidy payments based on their quality level? Quality care supports the healthy development of children and pays higher subsidy rates.
Resources & Materials. Your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency has a resource library where early care providers can access education in the form of DVDs, videos, books, equipment and other resources.
Through the Infant Toddler Specialist Network, you will have access to:
It takes a village! We're all in this together to support children & families.
Do you have the tools you need to offer the best early learning opportunities for infants and toddlers?
Contact your local CCR&R agency today!
Grow NJ Kids is New Jersey's voluntary quality rating and improvement system. It's a pathway to support high-quality child care for children. Work with Child Care Resource & Referral Agency Specialists to prepare your program (child care center or family child care home) to participate and become rated in GNJK today!
Download the Infant Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) brochure.