SOURCE: Programs for Parents

Programs for Parents

March 26, 2010 12:57 ET

Programs for Parents Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Impacting the Lives of Over 15,000 Essex County Children

NEWARK, NJ--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) -  Programs for Parents (PFP), a non-profit organization which helps families seek out, keep, and afford quality child care while aligning child care programs with a dynamic marketplace, has provided child care subsidies to over 15,000 children within Essex County in 2009 -- yet is still one of New Jersey's best-kept secrets.

According to Beverly Lynn, CEO, "It is remarkable that two women, who conceived this organization in their kitchen, have now impacted the lives of so many children and their families. PFP strives to help as many people as possible, and takes great pride in what we have accomplished during the past year."

One of the top ten not-for-profit organizations in New Jersey, according to funding levels, Programs for Parents celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, looking back over a number of admirable achievements for 2009, during which it:

  • Eliminated the child care waiting list for 1,581 families, which affected assistance to 2,530 children.
  • Launched an online system to provide child care referrals in which 15,102 referrals were made to 1,659 unique clients. An additional 3,955 clients were given 26,781 referrals by phone.
  • Provided professional development services and training to 3,266 child care providers. Subject areas include creative dramatics for children, science and the pre-school child, medication administration, first aid and CPR, children's social and emotional development.
  • Introduced resources to over 100 grandparents who support themselves and their grandchildren. These included welfare, food stamps, DYFS, Salvation Army (kinship program), Newark Emergency Services, SPAN, and agencies that provide counseling and mental health services, etc.
  • Offered the Color Me Healthy initiative (a nutrition training program) to 400 children, parents, and child care staff. The goal of this effort is to reduce obesity by helping children and families make healthier food choices and live more active lives.
  • Held their first Annual Camp and Resource Fair. Eighteen agencies provided information about their summer camp programs to the 82 attendees.
  • Held a series of workshops for 306 parents. Subject areas included preparing for a newborn, identifying children with special needs, providing positive discipline, recognizing developmental milestones, and working with a pre-school child, etc.

Programs for Parents (PFP), one of the top ten not-for-profits in New Jersey, works to ensure that children get the best possible start in life. PFP supports children, families, and child care providers in Essex County through advocacy and action, offering education, referrals, sharing of best practices, and access to available financial resources.

Contact Information

  • Contact: Rossana Weitekamp
    Phone: 516-593-2413
    Email: Email Contact

    Beverly Lynn, CEO
    Programs for Parents, Inc
    Phone: 973-297-1114
    Email: Email Contact