Center Projects

Current Projects:

  1. "New Jersey Cultural Competency and English Language Learners Summer Institute and Mentoring Program" (August 2007-Present)
  2. The New Jersey Child Care Economic Impact Council strives to build support for the child care industry by engaging non-traditional champions for children using economic messages
  3. The Early Childhood Teacher Support Program provides advisement and intensive supports to practitioners in the field of early childhood education. A little guidance can provide teachers with pathways to becoming highly qualified, degreed, and credentialed
  4. Public Policy Taskforces:
    • The New Jersey Council for Young Children
    • Professional Impact New Jersey Advisory Board
    • New Jersey Parent Link Advisory Committee
    • New Jersey BUILD Team: Building a Comprehensive Early Childhood System
    • NJ Early Care and Education Coalition
    • NJ Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention

Publications developed by this Center are:

  1. Cultural and Linguistic Connections: Linking What Matters to Families to What Matters for School Success (November 2011)
    This report show the program results of two consecutive years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 of the NJ Cultural Competency and English Language Learners Summer Institute and Mentoring Program funded by the NJ Department of Human Services, Family Strength Associates, Inc. the Schumann Fund of New Jersey, TD Bank, Bank of America and Thomas Edison State College. The report showed how important culture and language is to families and how they can be anchors for child development and school success.
  2. Cultural Conversations: Linking Culture and Language in Early Childhood Classrooms (August 2010)
    This report shows the program results from 2008-2009 of the NJ Cultural Competency and English Language Learners Summer Institute and Mentoring Program . The report shows the findings for improved education for young diverse children learning English as a second and/or third language.
  3. Threads of Cultures: Executive Summary (August 2008)
    This report shows the results from the first pilot of the NJ Cultural Competency and English Language Learners Summer Institute and Mentoring Program . The pilot approved that through specialized training and mentoring early childhood teachers could incorporate culture and language into the curriculum which has a direct impact on young children’s self-esteem, identity, and school success.
  4. Benefits for All: The Economic Impact of the New Jersey Child Care Industry Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Out-of-school Time Programs (Executive Summary February 2006)
    This report was commission by the New Jersey Child Care Economic Impact Council under the leadership of the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison State College. The Council hired the Insight Center for Economic Development, Inc. (formerly the National Economic Development and Law Center to conduct study. The study shows that the child care industry is an economic driver for the state producing $2.55 billion in gross receipts while supporting 65,300 full-time jobs. The child care industry is integral to family and economic life by preparing the present and next generations for the workforce.
  5. Benefits for All: The Economic Impact of the New Jersey Child Care Industry Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Out-of-school Time Programs (Full Report February 2006)
    The full report of 72 pages shares why quality child care is needed for New Jersey’s future economic success; illustrates labor force data and its link to the business community; shows demographics, and trends; and demonstrates the indirect and induced effects of the child care industry in New Jersey.
  6. Children Are Community: Creating Family Friendly Cities
    (available at the Insight Center website - click on webinars)

 

Meet the Center Director

 

» Ana I. Berdecia, MEd