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Friday, April 27, 2018

Family Expo Provides Resources and Fun Activities for Parents and Children


Northern New Jersey parents recently enjoyed a Family Expo, sponsored by the Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency and Project Sussex Kids, the County Council for Young Children.  Break-out sessions for parents offered tips for dealing with children’s emotional outbursts or temper tantrums and discussed early intervention services and child study team processes.  Hearing screenings and a Q&A with an attorney rounded out the event.  Shop Rite gift cards, a free family weekend at Blue Mountain Day Camp and a free week for a camper at Johnsonburg Camp and Retreat Center were raffled off to delighted parents.


In addition to Project Self-Sufficiency, organizations which hosted information tables at the event included Al Anon/Alateen; American Red Cross; Care Plus NJ – Kinship Navigator Program; Caring Partners CMO; Center for Prevention and Counseling; DAWN Center for Independent Living; Daytop Village of New Jersey; Family Intervention Services; Family Partners; Family Promise; Hardyston Special Education Parent Advisory Group; NAMI Sussex; NJ CEED; NORWESCAP Child and Family Resource Services; Partnership for Maternal and Child Health; Project Self-Sufficiency and the Project Self-Sufficiency Gardeners; State of New Jersey Department of Child Protection & Permanency; Regional Family Support Planning Council #1;  Sussex County Community College; Sussex County Division of Social Services; Sussex County YMCA; Sussex Warren Chronic Disease Coalition; Total Hearing Care; and others.


“The Family Expo encourages parents and children to explore new and interesting activities, and get up-to-date information about local resources,” commented Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “We are grateful to the community groups, parent volunteers, educators, health organizations, and social service agencies in our community who came together to offer this event for local families.”


The Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency is part of a network of Family Success Centers across the state whose purpose is to strengthen families and neighborhoods; develop networks of family services that foster healthy families; and to build connections within families, between families and to the community.   The Family Success Center provides a wide range of services to participating families, including assistance with healthcare, substance abuse prevention services, career planning, job training, parenting workshops, and life skills training. 


Project Sussex Kids, the Sussex County Council for Young Children, is an effort funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, which is designed to address the needs of families who are expecting or who are already parenting children up to the age of eight.  County Councils for Young Children are being established in all of the state’s 21 counties to bring together parents, caregivers, and professionals to enhance communication, coordination and collaboration of services.


For information about the programs and services offered at Project Self-Sufficiency through the Sussex County Family Success Center or through Project Sussex Kids, call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Scores of Families Celebrate the Coming of Spring


Project Sussex Kids, the Sussex County Council for Young Children, and The Sussex County Family Success Center recently teamed up to host a Spring Fling for hundreds of children and their parents at Project Self-Sufficiency’s Newton campus.  Participants were treated to crafts, dinner, an Easter egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, face-painting, games, and other activities courtesy of agency staff members and a host of community volunteers, including the Newton High School Interact Club and the Kittatinny High School cheerleaders.  For the first time, a petting zoo complete with baby chicks, rabbits and a calf added to the excitement of the event for children.
                     

“Providing safe, family-friendly activities is one of the goals of the Family Success Center, and we are very grateful for the efforts of the Family Success Center Parent Advisory Board and the volunteers from the Sussex County Council for Young Children who worked so hard to host this celebration for our participants and their families,” remarked Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. 


The Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency is a program of support which includes parenting skills training, economic self-sufficiency services, family activities, legal education services, information about health and nutrition, referrals, advocacy and other services.  All activities are free and open to the public. Project Sussex Kids, the Sussex County Council for Young Children, has been designed by the New Jersey Department of Children & Families to address the needs of local families who are expecting or who are parenting young children.  County Councils for Young Children have been established in all of the state’s 21 counties to bring together parents, caregivers, as well as health, education and social service professionals to enhance communication, coordination and collaboration of services.  Additional information is available at www.projectsussexkids.org.   For information about the Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency, or to find out more about the other programs and services available at the agency, call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Learn about Mindfulness at the Project Sussex Kids General Council Meeting



Parents and community members are invited to learn about the practice of mindfulness at the next meeting of the Project Sussex Kids General Council, Wednesday, March 21st, at 9:00 a.m. at Project Self-Sufficiency.  Meeting participants will also receive an update on Project Sussex Kids activities.  Refreshments will be provided; childcare is available upon request.  Project Self-Sufficiency is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.


Therapist, life coach, educator, and author Diane Lang will offer a free presentation, “Living a Mindful Life,” and discuss techniques for happiness habits, self-care and visualization which can boost self-esteem and overall life satisfaction.  Lang is an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and Dover Business College and is an expert in multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting disciplines.

Project Sussex Kids, the Sussex County Council for Young Children, has been designed by the New Jersey Department of Children & Families to address the needs of local families who are expecting or who are parenting young children.  County Councils for Young Children have been established in all of the state’s 21 counties to bring together parents, caregivers, as well as health, education and social service professionals to enhance communication, coordination and collaboration of services.  The Project Sussex Kids General Council Meeting is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  To attend the General Council Meeting, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.  Additional information is available at www.projectsussexkids.org.