Vaccine Preventable Disease Program

The Hot Shots for Tots Immunization Campaign is an initiative of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Program.

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New Jersey Hot Shots for Tots Immunization Campaign


The Hot Shots for Tots Immunization Campaign is a voluntary, point-based incentive program for child care and preschool facilities. The campaign encourages and facilitates a collaboration with immunization stakeholders to promote best practices and improve immunization coverage.

Participating facilities conduct immunization-related activities to earn points toward reaching one of the three award levels: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Examples of qualifying activities include: attending an annual immunization workshop, participating in the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS), and providing information to parents about childhood immunizations.

The Hot Shots for Tots Campaign was initially piloted in Monmouth County in the Spring of 2018 and was eventually launched statewide. If you would like to participate in the campaign, sign up by completing the registration survey here.

2021-2022 Awardees

Below is the list of the 2021-2022 Hot Shots for Tots Immunization Campaign awardees. This year, there were 17 Gold-level, 1 Silver-level,
1 Bronze-level awardees and two Honorable Mentions!

Gold Silver  Bronze
Hackensack Meridian Early Childhood Education Center, Neptune   Magic Garden School & Early Learning Center, Wharton First Steps Learning Center, Sewell
Cambridge Park Preschool, Aberdeen    
Holmdel Preschool, Holmdel    
Kiddie Academy of Eatontown     
Gibson's Kidstown Childcare, Port Elizabeth    
Bright Tomorrows, Flemington    
NORWESCAP Head Start, Ringoes    
NORWESCAP Early Head Start, Flemington    
Noah's Ark Preschool, Highland Park    
Early Childhood Learning Center, Freehold     
Mont-Vail Day Care Center, Irvington    

Over the Rainbow CDC, Bordentown

First Baptist Church, Red Bank    
United Methodist Church, Red Bank    
Monmouth Day Care Center, Red Bank    
Acelero Learning, Red Bank    
The YMCA of Greater Monmouth, Red Bank    


Honorable Mention
St Paul's Centenary UMC Day Care, Newark
New United Neighbors, Newark

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 awardees! While many priorities have shifted during the pandemic, your continued participation exemplifies your commitment in keeping the children under your care healthy and safe!



Hot Shots for Tots Awardees by Year
Last Reviewed: 1/12/2023