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					    NJ Early Childhood Reimbursement Program FAQ’s
                        2009-2010
What financial assistance programs does Professional Impact NJ
Clearinghouse now provide?
   The Professional Impact NJ Clearinghouse will provide the 2009-2010
   NJ Early Childhood Reimbursement Program beginning December 1,
   2009. This program serves income-eligible head teachers, group
   teachers, assistant teachers and after school providers (serving children
   up to age eight) in all NJ licensed child care programs and NJ registered
   family child care providers.

What about the other programs?
  Funds for the the NJ Early Childhood Education and Training
  Reimbursement Program, the CDA Assessment Fee Scholarship, and the
  CCP Registration Fee Scholarship were fully expended in July 2009 and
  the programs will cease as of September 30, 2009. Fully-completed
  applications for the Fall 2009 semester (which must include the Fall 2009
  bill and registration) for the NJ Early Childhood (Abbott/CBC) Scholarship
  will be accepted until November 1, 2009. Promise letters will cease to be
  issued for any semester on September 30, 2009.

Why was the Abbott/CBC Scholarship eliminated?
  Under NJ Supreme Court mandate, the NJ Department of Education
  eliminated the designation of some school districts as Abbott. Therefore,
  the NJ Early Childhood Reimbursement Program was expanded to include
  teachers in all child care programs and registered family child care
  providers. Teachers in CBC (community-based childcare) centers will
  receive priority in having their applications processed.

How much longer can I apply for the NJ Early Childhood (Abbott/CBC)
Scholarship?
  Fully-completed NJ Early Childhood Scholarship (Abbott/CBC)
  applications for the Fall 2009 semester will be accepted until November 1,
  2009 and must include all supporting documentation, including the Fall
  2009 bill and registration. Incomplete applications will be returned. The
  Professional Impact NJ Clearinghouse will discontinue issuing promissory
  letters to colleges, universities, or resource and referral agencies on
  behalf of a student for any semester including the Fall 2009 semester on
  September 30, 2009.


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   Who qualifies for the 2009-2010 NJ Early Childhood Reimbursement
   Program?
      □ Head teachers               >
      □ Group teachers              >      in all NJ licensed child care
        Assistant teachers          >      programs
      □ Afterschool providers       >
        (serving children up to age eight)
      □ NJ registered family child care providers

   All applicants must be income-eligible and work full-time, a minimum of 30
   hours per week in a permanent, paid position. Volunteers are not eligible.

What classes will the Reimbursement Program pay for?
  The Reimbursement Program will reimburse for non-credit CDA or CCP
  classes taken at:
     □ a NJ Resource and Referral Agency or at a
     □ Professional Impact NJ-approved sponsoring agency.

   It will also reimburse for tuition and mandatory fees for for-credit, college
   classes taken at a NJ accredited college or university leading to:
       □ a CDA
       □ Associates or Bachelors degree in early childhood education, or
       □ P-3 (Preschool through Grade 3) NJ teacher certification.

   Classes toward a Masters degree are not eligible for reimbursement. Only
   required P-3 classes at the Masters level will be reimbursed.

   Each applicant will be awarded a $50 stipend per course upon application
   approval.

How much money can I make to qualify for the scholarship?
  You may make up to 350% of the Federal Poverty Index to qualify for the
  reimbursement. In 2009, this figure was $36,400. This figure may change
  in 2010. Your individual income will be documented by submission of four
  consecutive, most recent pay stubs. Family child care providers ONLY
  may submit their most recent income tax return.

How do I get the reimbursement?
  You must pay for the classes up front, receive a B or better and submit the
  reimbursement application and the required documentation to the
  Professional Impact NJ Clearinghouse.

Do I have to join the NJ Registry for Childhood Professionals in order to
apply for the reimbursement?
   Yes. Anyone accessing any Professional Impact NJ programs must join
   the NJ Registry and remain an active member in order to continue
   receiving funds.


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What is the NJ Registry?
  The NJ Registry is a tool that tracks, documents and recognizes your
  educational accomplishments and experience in early childhood
  education. It also enables Professional Impact NJ to collect important
  data about the professionals in the field of early childhood education in NJ.
  There is a small $25 application fee to join, and $10 per year to renew
  your membership.

How do I document completion of my CDA or CCP courses or my
college course grades?
   You must submit a copy of your high school diploma, completion letter for
   CDA or CCP, a copy of your CDA Direct Assessment application for the
   CDA Assessment Fee, or college transcripts for college classes. For
   college classes, you must submit an official college transcript at initial
   application and every Fall semester thereafter.

How do I document proof of payment?
  You must submit an official bill, class registration, and proof of payment by
  you or a third party for each course. Proof of payment includes a copy of
  BOTH sides of your CANCELLED check, money order, monthly credit
  card statement, or receipt of cash payment. If someone else paid for the
  course on your behalf, s/he will be reimbursed directly.

Can my center or a third party pay for my classes for me?
  Yes. There is a place on the application to specify if a third party paid for
  the class. You must submit proof of payment as designated above for the
  third party. The third party will be reimbursed directly.

How do I document my position and the number of hours I work per
week?
  Child care program staff must submit a letter signed by their director on
  program letterhead specifying the applicant’s position and the number of
  hours worked per week. Family child care providers must provide a copy
  of their certificate of registration.

Will I have to submit literacy test scores or college placement scores
with my application?
   No. Since you received a B or better in the course you will not have to
   submit scores.

Will I receive a promissory letter to submit to the NJ college/university
or Resource and Referral Agency?
   No. Since you are paying for the classes yourself up front, a promissory
   letter is not necessary.




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When does the program start?
  Applications will be accepted starting December 1, 2009. You may apply
  for reimbursement for classes taken within the last year, no earlier than
  the Spring 2009 semester, as long as NJ Early Childhood Reimbursement
  Program funds are available.

How much will I be reimbursed?
  You may be reimbursed annually up to
     □ $1,000 for non-credit CDA or CCP training
     □ $325 for the CDA Assessment Fee
     □ $550 for the CCP Registration Fee;
     □ Or up to $5,000 for college for-credit tuition and mandatory fees.

   Applicants will be awarded a stipend of $50 per course upon application
   approval.

Is funding through the 2009-2010 NJ Early Childhood Reimbursement
Program guaranteed?
    The NJ Early Childhood Reimbursement Program is generously funded by
    the Division of Family Development in the NJ Department of Human
    Services. Funds are limited and are not guaranteed.

  If you have any additional questions or to request an application,
        please call the Clearinghouse office at (973) 391-2633.




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