Posts Tagged ‘childcare’

Why Do the People Raising Our Children Earn Poverty Wages?

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Nancy Jimenez works long hours at her in-home childcare business, but she, like many other New Jersey childcare providers, are given meager subsidies from the state in return. Why are our publicly subsidized childcare workers not given the respect and compensation their task deserves?

This video and accompanied article was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and was generously supported by the Ms. Foundation for Women Fellowship.

Read the full story by E. Tammy Kim at:

ShapingNJ Child Care Best Practices Toolkit – share your ideas!

Friday, March 8th, 2013

You may share your ideas and sample policies by leaving a comment here.

Do you have great activity ideas or sample policies you would like to share? Do you want to be involved in a toolkit that would be useful to child care providers? The Child Care Advisory Committee for Shaping NJ is working on a Child Care Best Practices Toolkit for providers from early learning to school age and they need your input.

The toolkit is available on the Shaping NJ website at: and is a living document that focuses on nutrition and physical activity areas.

Currently the toolkit focuses on best practices in the areas of nutrition and physical activity but more resources and activity ideas are needed for the school age field. If you have some activity ideas, nutrition ideas, or sample policies that you would like to share with other school age providers, the Shaping NJ committee could use your input.

Please look at the toolkit on the Shaping NJ website under our work and share your ideas and sample policies so we can make this toolkit as effective and resourceful as possible for all child care providers.

You may share your ideas and sample policies by leaving a comment here.

Attend NIOST Summer Seminars this year!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

July 15-19, 2013
New Location: Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

New Year’s Resolution: Attend NIOST Summer Seminars this year!

As you plan ahead for 2013, be sure to include professional development opportunities at NIOST’s annual Summer Seminars.

For 2013, NIOST offers three popular seminars:

APAS – For those interested in program assessment, learn how to use the tools and receive your free copy. Read more>>

Advanced APAS Implementation: Reaching Child and Youth Outcomes Take your organization to the next level in this interactive seminar where you’ll practice how to collect and use data to strengthen your program and promote youth outcomes. Read more>>

Courage to Lead – A one-day leadership retreat to recharge and energize your focus and passion on your work. Read more>>

Take part in one, two or all three seminars designed to improve your skills and help you network with other youth-serving professionals. For detailed course descriptions, visit our Summer Seminars webpage.

This year, our annual Summer Seminars will take place at a new location just a short distance from Boston on the Wellesley College Campus overlooking beautiful Lake Waban. Learn more about accommodations and the campus here.

Take advantage of Early Bird rates and sign-up soon. Pricing and group discounts information can be found here. Registration will be available on our website later in the month.

Grant opportunies are available with our NEA Learning and Leadership Grants.  These funding opportunities are available for professional development, such as NIOST Summer Seminars, through The NEA Foundation.

Applications are due by Feb 1st for summer offerings. For more information go to: NEA Foundation Educator Grants.