The Department of Children & Families funds a statewide network of County Councils for Young Children as part of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant. The purpose of the CCYCs is to create an environment where parents/families come together at the local level with providers and other community stakeholders as active partners to identify/discuss the needs, concerns, aspirations and successes regarding issues that affect the health, education and well-being of their children. The CCYC will form strong partnerships and work together to develop mutually-established goals and implement creative strategies that reflect the views/priorities of families. The councils have a focus on prenatal, pregnancy, & children birth to age 8.
- A voice in your community
- Monthly committee meetings
- Quarterly council meetings
- Training opportunities
- Leadership opportunities
- Light meals/refreshments
- Participation incentives
Priorities for CCYCs:
- Builds working relationships between families with children (prenatal to age 8), child care, preschool, health, home visiting, Head Start, family support, early intervention, and other community service providers, and local stakeholders.
- Implements a shared leadership model that supports parents in leadership roles and brings parents and providers together as partners.
- Recruits parents to promote their active participation as a voice for change at the family, community, and state level.
- Recognizes, support and encourage parents as decision makers and leaders and create an engaging and respectful environment that welcomes their presence and input.
- Informs/impacts/develops local (and state) policies, services, and/or practices to become more responsive to the needs of families in the county (and NJ).
- Contributes to the development and implementation of high quality early childhood services, including the development of NJ’s quality rating improvement system (QRIS), Grow NJ Kids.
- Identifies professional development training needs for the local workforce that best supports the proposed policies, priorities, services and/or practices that were developed by the CCYC.
No eligibility requirements beyond a passion for impacting the lives of children ages 0-8.
NORWESCAP Family Success Center
Chris Crossley, Coordinator
459 Center Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
NORWESCAP Head Start
Marnie Carrick, Coordinator
84 Park Avenue, Suite E103
Flemington, NJ 08822
NORWESCAP Head Start
Elisabeth Davidson, Coordinator
42 Peer Place
Denville, NJ 07834
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday
Warren, Hunterdon, & Morris Counties