Essex County College (ECC) was the site of the recent New Jersey First Steps Spring Conference, a statewide infant/toddler initiative, which attracted some 150 participants.


The College’s Division of Social Sciences was the partner in the infant/toddler program, funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services/Division of Family Development. Dr. Bridget Turner, of the College’s Social Sciences Division/Education Department, helped plan the professional development day program with the Northern Region of the Programs for Parents organization. The conference was held June 2.


Dr. Turner said the participants included ECC students, early childhood community staff, administrators, and directors. There was a series of workshops geared toward infant/toddler care teachers focusing on the role of supporting young children’s curiosity and development.


The theme was Exploring Science with Infants and Toddlers from the Crib, to the Floor, and Outdoors!


The Programs for Parents organization works to 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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