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Friday, April 7, 2017

Scores of Families Enjoy a Spring Fling!



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. 
   
                  
“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.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Camp Fire Style Literacy Nights Scheduled at Area Schools



Family Literacy Nights will be staged at area schools during the spring by Project Sussex Kids, the Sussex County Council for Young Children.  Young children and their families will be invited to join organizers around a play campfire to enjoy reading books together at the imaginary Camp Read S’More.  Information about community resources will be distributed to parents.  Dinner, crafts, and fun activities will round out the evening.  Events have been planned for Franklin Borough School, Hudson Maxim Elementary School, Merriam Avenue School, Stanhope Elementary School, Stillwater Elementary School, and the Walnut Ridge Primary School.  Programs for additional schools are in the works.


“These Family Literacy Nights encourage parents and children to unplug and unwind, and come together over a shared activity,” notes Project Sussex Kids Coordinator Haley McCracken.  “We will be reading books and sharing activities about the outdoors, camping, night time, animals, and enjoying everyone’s favorite camp fire treat, s’mores!”

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.   To schedule a Camp Read S’More Family Literacy Night, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Childhood Personality Identification and Parenting Styles Seminar Rescheduled



Due to a scheduling conflict, the meeting of the Project Sussex Kids General Council originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th, has been postponed until Tuesday, March 7th.  Parents are invited to learn how to identify their child’s personality type and discuss corresponding parenting styles at the educational event.  Meetings will be held at 9:00 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m., in order to maximize opportunities for participation by the general 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.  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.


At the meeting of the General Council, Project Sussex Kids Coordinator Haley McCracken will address the varied types of personalities typically exhibited by children, and walk parents and caregivers through the range of parenting styles available to maximize communication and provide effective discipline.  Interactive activities will help participants to learn how to gauge their child’s reaction to change, activity level, tolerance for frustration and other situations.

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.  Additional information is available at www.projectsussexkids.org.