New Jersey First Steps

90% of brain development occurs under the age of two

  • The quality of child care effects social emotional, language, early literacy and cognitive development
  • Early childhood experiences influence school readiness and academic success

The NJ First Steps Infant Toddler Initiative, funded by the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development assists educators of very young children in providing the very best care for infants and toddlers. The New Jersey First Steps Infant/Toddler Initiative has two predominant goals:

  1. To improve the quality of Infant/Toddler early care across the state
  2. To increase the availability of quality early care programs for families with infants and toddlers

In order to assist with meeting those two predominant goals, we currently offer various Infant/Toddler training through NJ Birth to Three, Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Series, Guiding Principles, SIDS & Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Director’s Track 4 Class Series.

We also offer Technical Assistance to actively participating programs enrolled in Grow NJ Kids who have infants/toddlers in care. As well as to Family Child Care (FCC) Providers.

Some times the training can vary but most of the trainings are offered throughout the year two to three times in English and Spanish.