News

Sixth Annual Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation Conference

2017 Conference

In partnership with Children’s Aid and Family Services Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning – West Bergen Mental Healthcare & Youth Consultation ServiceNJAIMH is pleased to sponsor the Sixth Annual Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation Conference: Ensuring Social Justice for Children in Infant and Early Childhood Centers and Schools on May 11, 2017, at Montclair State University.

To register, click on: https://registrationfor6thtocfconferenceatmsu.eventbrite.com

Magic Moment Memo November 2016

As I complete my three-year term as a member of the NJ Association for Infant Mental Health Board of Trustees, I want to say thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this talented and committed group.  It is wonderful to be part of a community of caring and dedicated professionals who are thinking very broadly about how to best support and serve our early childhood colleagues, infants, toddlers, young children and their families.

My hope is that  NJAIMH will continue to be the leader as the “go to place” for professionals and families looking to advance their knowledge & understanding about what really matters in  raising healthy, emotionally secure & resilient children.

I am reminded of two quotes that I try to keep present in my thinking:

If you want to go fast, go alone If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African Proverb

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement & mystery of the world we live in.” ~ Rachel Carson

 

Cynthia Newman MSW, LCSW

Regional Director

Mid-Jersey CARES

Regional Early Intervention Collaborative

REIC Central Jersey Family Health Consortium

 

Magic Moment Memo June 2016

stuffed horse

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend the entire day in one of our inclusive preschool classrooms.  With staying relevant—and reasonable—at the forefront of my agenda, I am fortunate that my role affords me many occasions for close, personal interactions with very young children and their families.  I haven’t, however, spent an entire day—from drop off to pick up—as the lead teacher in the classroom in quite some time.  Having facilitated a successful morning of fun and learning, I was feeling quite exhausted myself when, alas, it was rest time.  I’ve always thought of that a silent, collective sigh of relief is shared between early childhood educators and caregivers once the children begin to settle down onto their mats.  Continue reading

Magic Moment Memo April 2016

The “Early Intervention State of Mind”lightbulb

One of the reasons I love my job is what I call the “lightbulb” moments that I see with new staff. You know, the moment when I see the imaginary lightbulb suddenly turn on over someone’s head! As someone who does professional development, I go for these “Aha!” moments – that spark of sudden insight or inspiration or realization. My favorite “Aha!” moments occur when a practitioner realizes they are not just there to “work the baby.”  Continue reading

Welcome to our brand-new website!

We are pleased you are visiting our brand-new website, and look forward to sharing ongoing news and upcoming events with you right here!

If you have any feedback, please feel free to send us a quick note!

Join Our Social Network

Join us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

Magic Moment Memos

Recent Newsletters

  • July 4, 2017Independence Day
  • July 21, 2017 – Board of Trustees meeting via conference call
    12:30 pm
  • September 15, 2017 – Board of Trustees meeting
    12:30 pm
  • October 20, 2017 – Board of Trustees meeting via conference call
    12:30 pm