Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators
Barnegat Light, New Jersey, USA
MissionThe Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators (CITE) promotes quality infant and toddler care and education by building collaborations, providing professional development opportunities, support and resources, and by influencing public policy.
What We DoOur members are New Jersey's infant/toddler neuro architects-educators supporting the first 90% of healthy brain development in babies cared for outside the home.
We share an inspiring respect for developing infants' minds and honor their capacity to form relationships; learning everything they need to know through the early bonds they form with us.
We advocate for higher standards of care and higher wages for infancy educators with local, state and federal stakeholders.
We own and share the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential, building child care provider awareness of the social emotional foundations of infancy. Through our coursework, we motivate child care providers to increase their knowledge about relationship-based learning to create quality environments and engagements with infants and their working families.
We conduct outreach to family child care homes and center based sites statewide to share best infancy practices.
We host regional and statewide professional development sessions and an annual conference to scale the professional capacity of early childhood educators.
We offer annual scholarships and grants to extraordinary infant/toddler educators who also hold the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential.