Staff Professional Development

The Early Childhood Institute for Professional Development (ECIPD), Child Care Connection’s training department, offers comprehensive educational programs for child care professionals throughout New Jersey. The Institute is operated and staffed by Child Care Connection. Training is available for any early childhood educator working with children birth through eight years old. All training is designed to improve the quality of care offered to children in any early childhood setting.

Research in the early childhood field indicates that training and education for early childhood professionals positively affect the quality of care offered to children. Benefits of training include enhanced program quality, positive outcomes for children, new/practical ideas, improved parent communication, and increased professionalism.

As your time is valuable, several instructional opportunities are available to meet your unique professional development needs.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many of Child Care Connection’s training opportunities have been put on hold. Small-group CPR is being offered to family child care providers only. Other professional development opportunities may be available virtually. Please call our Training Dept. at 609-989-7940 for more information.

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Child Care Aware of NJ has set up a great page with business-related resources for child care center directors and operators. To be directed to this child care center business support page, click here!


TIPS Initiative

Child Care Connection is pleased to announce a grant from the Mercer County Department of Human Services to provide the TIPS initiative: Targeted Improvement Plan Support.  TIPS offers no-cost quality improvement technical assistance and support, based on program needs.  For more information and to see if your child care center or family child care home is eligible for this no-cost service, check out the TIPS flyer under the Forms section.

Family Child Care Providers

Child Care Connection offers training programs developed with the unique needs of Family Child Care (FCC) and Family, Friend, & Neighbor (FFN) providers in mind. These classes help ensure that all providers have access to the resources they need to provide high-quality early learning experiences to the children in their care. For a list of all available opportunities, see the Professional Development Schedule (right). Classes are free unless otherwise noted. CPR and First Aid classes are available to FCC/FFN providers for a fee. For all the details, see CPR flyer under Forms section at right. During these extraordinary times, we are currently holding CPR/First Aid training for family child care providers only. Please call 609-989-7770, ext. 131, for more information.

CCDBG Classes

Child Care Connection has not yet released a new schedule of CCDBG classes.  The schedule typically includes three opportunities for each of the four classes required by the new CCDBG regulations (for FCC/FFN providers and staff at centers, preschools, and camps), which were adopted federally in November 2014. The classes cover the mandatory topics of Health & Safety (Parts I & II), Child Development, and Child Abuse & Neglect: Mandated ReportingDuring these extraordinary times, please call our Training Dept. at 609-989-7940 for more information.