Support Services and Resources

Financial Resources

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan
www.sba.gov/ppp Opens in new window | Lender Hotline 833-572-0502
PPP loans help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus crisis. Borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness Opens in new window.

ATTENTION Family- and Center-Based Child Care Businesses With Fewer Than 20 Employees - Apply for PPP Before March 10th
This exclusive application period allows participating lenders Opens in new window to focus on serving very small businesses, such as family child care (FCC) educators and early care and education (ECE) programs. For more information about PPP and other financial business supports, please visit the Office of Child Care’s (OCC) webpage: Early Care and Education Providers: Taking Advantage of the New Small Business Administration Loan and Grant Programs Opens in new window, which includes the following information: 
  • Two national webinar videos to help you understand and access PPP—one video for FCC educators and one video for ECE programs
  • Several resources for small businesses Opens in new window to help FCC educators and ECE programs learn more about PPP and navigate the challenges created by the pandemic.
 
Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program are due no later than March 31, 2021, for all businesses, but program funding may run out before then.

 

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has posted information, including a list of frequently asked questions at https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses Opens in new window
 

New Jersey’s Shared-Work Program - An Alternative to Layoffs

Website Opens in new window609-633-6400
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
www.njsbdc.com 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.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
www.sba.gov Opens in new window | 800-827-5722
The SBA helps small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
 
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources Opens in new window
 
COVID-19 federal programs, visit www.usa.gov/coronavirus Opens in new window or www.gobierno.usa.gov/coronavirus Opens in new window (en español).
 
 

Additional Training and Resources

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.
 
Click here to being: Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness Opens in new window
 
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.
 
Click here to begin: Early Childhood Physical Activity Opens in new window
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: http://www.state.nj.us/education/ece/pd/esi/ Opens in new window
 
Computer Classes
Basic Computer Skills Curriculum - St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium Opens in new window
GCF LearnFree - Computer Basics Opens in new window
CyberWise - How to use digital media confidently and safely Opens in new window
Digital Learn Opens in new window
 
Typing Classes 
Goodtyping - Online typing tutorials in English and Spanish Opens in new window
Learn Typing Opens in new window
PowerTyping Opens in new window
Typing Club Opens in new window
 
Mouse Classes
Mouse Tutorial Opens in new window
Mousercise! Opens in new window
 
 
2/16/21