The Women's Center's Early Childhood Education Quality Improvement Services:
Grow NJ Kids and NJ First Steps
South Region Technical Assistance Center
For over twenty years, The Women's Center has been committed to promoting safe and accessible early childhood education. In August 2015, TWC opened the South Region Technical Assistance Center, funded through the Department of Family Development (DFD), to provide technical assistance to early childhood education centers enrolled in NJ's quality rating improvement system, Grow NJ Kids.
What is Grown NJ Kids? Grow NJ Kids (GNJK) is a state-sponsored initiative to raise the quality of child care and early learning throughout New Jersey. GNJK gives child care and early learning programs resources to assess and improve their programs, while providing parents with information that allows them to evaluate the quality of programs and make the best choices for their child. The goal is to create a system that encourages ongoing improvement. Once centers have completed their improvement efforts, they will be assessed by trained raters to earn from one to five stars. To learn more about Grow NJ Kids, click here to visit their website.
What is the GNJK South Region Technical Assistance Center? The South Region Technical Assistance Center (TAC) is a team of professionals highly trained in the GNJK Standards and the New Jersey Early Learning Standards. Our Technical Assistance Specialists (TAS) provide coaching, mentorship and consultation to early childhood education center's administrators and teaching staff to support them in their efforts to reach the GNJK standards in preparation for their rating assessment. The South Region TAC provides TA support to enrolled centers in the following seven NJ counties
To view any of the SR-TAC previously recorded Webinars, please click on the links below:
OVERVIEW OF THE CDA: The Child Development Associate Credential, This webinar will present an overview of the CDA Credential. The material presented will provide information on what the CDA is, the process in obtaining this credential, where to seek training, how this credential fits in with the GNJK program, and incentives currently being offered in relation to the CDA. Registration link HERE
Program Administration Scale (PAS) Overview, This webinar will provide an overview of the PAS, a required assessment for submission of the GNJK Quality Improvement Plan. Registration link HERE
Family and Community Engagement, Explore the meaning of family and community engagementas it relates to the GNJK Standards. Learn how to create opportunities for meaningful engagement tha tnot only meets the standards, but will also support you and your teaching staff along the way. Registration link here
Classroom Management, This webinar is available to providers enrolled in GNJK. It will discuss what is meant by classroom management, as well as techniques for organizing and managing an effective learning environment. Furthermore, participants will be given tips and suggestions on how to use positive classroom management strategies and discipline procedures. Registration link here
Creating an Early Childhood Environment that Supports Social Emotional Provided by the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health. Dates & Times: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm and Friday, December 9, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. To register, click here If you have any questions, please contact Lorri Sullivan: PHONE: (973) 655 – 3015 EMAIL: SullivanL@mail.montclair.edu.
To see a full list of trainings sponosred by GNJK, please click here
Visit www.pinjregistry.org to search for professional development trainings offered by your County's Child Care Resource and Referral organization.
The New Jersey First Steps Infant/Toddler Initiative was created to assist early educators in offering the very best possible care for New Jersey’s youngest citizens.
The New Jersey First Steps Infant/Toddler Initiative has two predominant goals:
• To improve the quality of Infant/ Toddler early care across the state
• To increase the availability of quality early care programs for families with infants and toddlers.
What services does the First Steps Infant/Toddler Initiative provide?
• Professional development opportunities will be offered on-site for participating programs.
• Professional development opportunities for the early care provider will be offered in the community with topics tailored to their needs.
• Professional development opportunities will be offered by specialized trainers, to present best practice standards that address infant and toddler brain development and reflective practice for early care providers.
• Professional development opportunities are planned to assist early care providers in achieving the NJ Infant/Toddler Credential. Technical Assistance and Consultation Infant/Toddler Specialists will serve as mentors and provide resources to new and experienced early educators. Consultation services will be provided to early educators on-site or via telephone. Technical assistance also includes: site observations, pre and post ITERS/FCCERS assessments, development of a program improvement plan and access to a lending library. The program improvement plan will delineate specific roles for the director, provider, infant/toddler specialist and consultants and will be customized based on the identified program needs. The program improvement plan will assist programs in the following ways: • Implementing best practices in infant and toddler care • Demonstrating improvement in the ITERS/FCCERS assessment scores • Demonstrating sustainable improvement in the overall quality of the program. Additional technical assistance will be offered to individuals or programs interested in establishing or expanding services to Infants and Toddlers, upon request.
Resources and Materials
The NJ First Steps Southern Region has a resource library where early care providers can access Infant and Toddler specific materials such as children’s books, training materials (videos and DVDs) for staff development, curriculum guides and equipment for lending.
The Infant/Toddler network consists of community and statewide organizations that are stakeholders committed to improving the quality of life and early education for young children. These groups include New Jersey Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NJACCRRA), Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators (CITE), Workforce Registry, Early Intervention, Health Care organizations, higher education, government, business, local school districts, child care programs, parents and others. Participation with these organizations fosters increased awareness of the needs of infants and toddlers, blending of available resources, collaboration and advocacy for young children.
Who can receive NJFS Technical Assistance and Coaching?
NJFS Technical Assistance and Coaching is available to centers who provide infant/toddler care in a licensed child care center or registered family child care center. To learn about how to become enrolled in NJFS, please contact us at 609-601-9925, ext. 1041; or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click Here to view the NJFS Southern Region Training Schedule.