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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Therapist Diane Lang Gives Self-Care Tips to Parents

Project Sussex Kids Diane Lang

 

Therapist Diane Lang will give five self-care tips to parents of young children at the virtual meeting of the Project Sussex Kids General Council, Wednesday, April 14th, 10:00 a.m.  Interested participants are invited to call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 for log-in details.

Virtual Family Expo Helps Parents & Caregivers

 

Parents and caregivers are invited to attend Project Self-Sufficiency’s virtual Family Expo, Thursday, April 29th, 4:00 p.m.  Local social service and healthcare providers will be available to discuss resources for families in the areas of mental health, disability services, housing, domestic violence, social services, early childhood, health, and other topics.  One family in attendance will be randomly selected to receive a $100 gift card.  The Family Expo is sponsored by the Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency and Project Sussex Kids, the County Council for Young Children.  Attendance is free and open to the public; interested patrons are invited to call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 to obtain log-in details.

 

virrtual family expo helps parents and caregivers

In addition to Project Self-Sufficiency, organizations which will be featured at the event include Atlantic Health System/Goryeb Children’s Hospital and Newton Medical Center; Caring Partners; DASI; Center for Family Support Services; Family Partners; Ginnie’s House; New Jersey Department of Children and Families; SCARC; ShopRite of Newton; Sussex County Special Child Health Services; United Way of Northern New Jersey; Youth Advocate Program; Zufall SNAP-Ed; 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 health organizations, and social service agencies in our community who are coming together to offer this informative 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 have been established in each of the state’s 21 counties to bring together parents, caregivers, and professionals to enhance communication, coordination and collaboration of services.

 

Attendance at Project Self-Sufficiency’s virtual Family Expo is free and open to the public; log-in details will be provided by calling 973-940-3500.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Learn about Proper Nutrition for the Whole Family

Project Sussex Kids General Council Meeting January 2021
 

Parents and community members are invited to get tips on proper nutrition for the whole family from Zufall, SnapEd Nutrition Educator Lauren Sprich at a virtual meeting of the Project Sussex Kids General Council, Wednesday, January 13th, at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.  Participants will also receive an update on Project Sussex Kids activities.  The meeting is free and open to the public; interested participants are invited to call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 for log-in details.

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 21 New Jersey 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.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Holiday Stress Management Workshop Offered

 

Holiday Stress Management Workshop

Parents and community members are invited to learn techniques for managing holiday stress at a virtual meeting of the Project Sussex Kids General Council, Wednesday, October 14th, at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.  Participants will also receive an update on Project Sussex Kids activities.  The presentation will be facilitated by author, therapist, and life coach Diane Lang.  The meeting is free and open to the public; interested participants are invited to call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 for log-in details.

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 21 New Jersey 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.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Childhood Development Assessment Tool Available Online


Parents who are concerned about their youngster’s developmental progress can now jump start the assessment process by accessing an online questionnaire through the Project Self-Sufficiency website.  The Ages & Stages Questionnaire is designed to focus on the areas of communication, gross and fine motor skills, and social development.  After parents complete the online questionnaire regarding their child’s development, an Early Childhood Specialist follows up with parents to address concerns and connect them to resources to support the child’s needs.  The Ages & Stages Questionnaire is a service of the Early Childhood Specialist program at Project Self-Sufficiency, a three-year program funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.



The Ages & Stages initiative is a natural extension of the services provided by Project Self-Sufficiency explains Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “Project Self-Sufficiency has referred local families to area resources for many years as part of our case management, central intake and home visitation services.  The Ages & Stages questionnaire is an important tool to help connect parents to the resources they need for their child’s development.”

The Early Childhood Specialist program operates in alignment with Project Self-Sufficiency’s established programs including Sussex Warren Project Family Connect Central Intake, the Sussex County Council for Young Children and the Sussex County Family Success Center.  Sussex Warren Project Family Connect Central Intake is provided by Project Self-Sufficiency through a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health.  The one-stop source for information links individuals to medical, educational and social services which can enhance their overall health and quality of life, including health care, maternal infant and early childhood home visitation programs, domestic violence shelters and support services; educational alternatives; family support programs; financial assistance; employment training; infant and child care; early intervention; referral to emergency housing and utility assistance services; as well as programs for senior citizens, veterans, and other community services and programs.

The Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency is a program of support offered to all families.  In addition to parenting skills training, local families can participate in family activities, receive information about health and nutrition, take part in economic self-sufficiency programs, receive legal education, obtain referrals, and other services throughout the year.  

Project Sussex Kids, the Sussex County Council for Young Children, is funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and focuses on the health, education and safety of the prenatal to age 8 population and their families. The program has a meeting structure that incorporates a Steering Committee, a Special Needs Subcommittee, a Spanish Families Subcommittee and a General Council whose aim is to provide education and connect families to community resources.

Project Self-Sufficiency is a community-based non-profit organization which specializes in services for low-income families in northwestern New Jersey.  Programs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency include family literacy education, computer training and job placement services, assistance with parenting skills, childcare, counseling and advocacy, referrals, and help with emergency basic needs.  For information about the programs and services offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org or call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.  Information about the Sussex County Family Success Center can be found at www.sussexcountyfamilysuccesscenter.org while Project Sussex Kids can be accessed at www.projectsussexkids.org.