Essex County College will be the site for the Saturday, June 2 New Jersey First Steps conference, a statewide infant/toddler initiative. The Professional Development Day program is under the auspices of the Northern Region of the Programs for Parents organization.


The College’s Division of Social Sciences is a partner in the infant/toddler program, funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services/Division of Family Development.


The program – Exploring Science with Infants and Toddlers from the Crib, to the floor, and Outdoors! – will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Smith Hall, on the College’s Newark campus.


The program is geared toward infant/toddler care teachers focusing on the role of supporting young children’s curiosity and development.


Cost of the conference is $10. Additional information is available from Barbara Fonseca (Programs for Parents) at or 973-744-4050, x1075.


The Programs for Parents organization’s mission is to work ensure that children get the best possible start in life. The group supports children, families and child care providers, in Essex County, through advocacy and action; offering education, referrals, sharing best practices and access to available financial resources.



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