Financial Resources

Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance Systems
Child Care Stabilization Grants
The Administration for Children & Families, Office of Child Care, Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance Systems website contains links to webinars and additional resources to help child care providers understand how child care stabilization grants can help their business and apply for funding. Child care stabilization grants provide much needed financial relief to child care providers to help defray unexpected business costs associated with the pandemic and to help stabilize their operations so that they may continue to provide care. 

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Opens in new window | Lender Hotline 833-572-0502
Notice: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ended on May 31, 2021. Existing borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. The U.S.Small Business Administration (SBA) also offers additional COVID-19 relief.

New Jersey’s Shared-Work Program - An Alternative to Layoffs
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Under an approved Shared-Work Program, workers who have their hours of work reduced may receive “short-time” Unemployment benefits for the lost hours of work, while continuing to work at reduced hours with a continuation of their health insurance, pension coverage, and other benefits. For information visit the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development website Opens in new window.
New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) Regional Centers Opens in new window | 973-353-1927
The NJSBDC network provides comprehensive assistance to small and medium businesses (SMBs) to maximize opportunities for growth and generate economic impact statewide. There are 12 Regional Centers Opens in new window that cover all of the counties in NJ.

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Additional Training and Resources

FEMA Releases Independent Study Course on Preparedness for Child Care Providers
The newly revised FEMA online independent study course, "Preparedness for Child Care Providers" (IS-36), covers multiple hazards and risks that may affect child-care providers. These include fires, criminal activity and child abduction, severe weather, hazardous materials, illness outbreaks and geological events like earthquakes. The comprehensive course can support safety and planning not just at child care centers and preschools, but also at before- and after-school programs, summer youth programs and at-home child care facilities.
Preparedness for child care providers also includes a variety of tools for students such as procedures for sheltering in place, emergency site closings, reunification with parents and guardians and more. Students will learn how to create an emergency plan tailored to their needs, including actions like how to identify staff responsibilities when an emergency happens. A companion toolkit includes helpful hazard checklists, sample forms like emergency contact sheets and checklists for emergency drills.
Students can complete this free, web-based course online in about two hours.
If you care for young kids, be sure to take a look at the course and share it with your colleagues. If you’re a parent of young kids, let their childcare center know about the course. You can find the course at FEMA - Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Course | IS-36.A: Preparedness for Child Care Providers.

Frequently Used Acronyms and Abbreviations in Child Care and Early Learning
Professionals, early childhood educators and child care providers often use acronyms to communicate about services, organizations, and key concepts in the field. The following resources offer definitions for some of the most commonly used acronyms and abbreviations:
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education Acronym List Opens in new window
National Conference of State Legislatures - Early Care and Education Commonly Used Acronyms Opens in new window
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center Acronym List Opens in new window
Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness
Enhance your knowledge around family homelessness and the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act's definition of "homeless" Opens in new window as it refers to children and youth. Review other relevant federal regulations for Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)-subsidized programs.
This interactive learning series is intended for professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care, including early childhood and school-age child care providers, CCDF Lead Agency or designated entity staff, and other key stakeholders. Learn how to identify families experiencing homelessness, conduct community outreach, and much more.
Knowledge checks, practice scenarios, and interactive learning modules will help deepen your understanding of family homelessness. Each module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, depending on your level of experience. When you finish all sections of the module, download your Certificate of Completion.
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Early Childhood Physical Activity Web-Based Training

Early Childhood Physical Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers is a one-hour, interactive web-based training designed to explore how young children benefit from structured physical activities and develop a wide range of movement skills through active play. Led by Dr. Diane Craft, participants will learn ways to facilitate physical activities that are safe, easy, and fun for young children. Strategies to implement developmentally appropriate and accessible physical activity in the classroom in spite of some common barriers will also be addressed.
Grow NJ Kids program participants will receive one learning hour towards their professional development upon completion of this training. Be sure to have your NJ Workforce Registry Member ID# ready to fill out the final survey. This information will be used to credit your NJ Workforce Registry transcript.
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Important Note: This web-based training must be viewed using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you experience technical difficulty in accessing the training, email us at [email protected]

Early Screening Inventory – Training Resources
The New Jersey Department of Education has made its PowerPoint and supporting materials for Early Screening Inventory training available online for educators and care providers to access on demand. Click here to download these professional development tools: Opens in new window
Computer Classes
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Typing Classes 
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Mouse Classes
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