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|NJ First Steps Infant Toddler Initiative Scholarship Information|
The New Jersey First Steps Infant Toddler Initiative is pleased to announce the availability of scholarship funds for infant and toddler practitioners employed in New Jersey licensed child care centers. The funding is made available through the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The funding is designed to increase the number of infant and toddler practitioners obtaining the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential in child care centers throughout New Jersey. All funding is subject to federal and state auditing and monitoring.
ARRA funding must be expended by June 30, 2011. Scholarship funds are available for infant and toddler practitioners in licensed New Jersey child care centers to cover the tuition, fees and book stipend of the two approved college for-credit classes (six credits) leading toward the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential. Approved topics are Social and Emotional Development: Infant Mental Health for Practitioners and Supervised Field Work in Infant and Toddler Settings.Scholarship funds will be distributed as long as funds are available or until the end of the program. See www.pinj.org or www.njcite.org for a listing of approved New Jersey in-class three credit courses.
Infant and toddler practitioners in licensed New Jersey child care centers may be eligible to receive up to $4,000 to cover the tuition, fees and book stipend of the two approved college for-credit classes (six credits) leading toward the New Jersey Infant/Toddler Credential. Candidates must meet the following criteria:
Interested infant/toddler practitioners who meet the eligibility requirements should contact the New Jersey First Steps Agency for the county in which they work.
For more information and to apply, please download the documents below.