Passaic County Council For Young Children
New Jersey's Department of Children and Families has established in all 21 counties County Councils for Young Children (CCYC) to strengthen collaboration between parents, families, and local community stakeholders with health, early care and education, family support, and other service providers.
In Passaic County the County Council for Young Children is convened by United Way of Passaic County. The shared leadership philosophy of County Councils includes parents as active partners with service providers and community leaders helping to identify the needs, aspirations and successes of our collective efforts to positively impact the health, education and well-being of children from pregnancy/birth to age 8. CCYC participants work together using the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework to develop mutual goals and recommend creative strategies/solutions that respect the views and priorities of diverse families in the community. United Way of Passaic County, with Lynn Bocchini as project coordinator, guides and supports the planning process, committee and workgroup structure, and implementation to address priorities and advocacy efforts.
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On Friday, April 21, 2017 the United Way of Passaic County released the findings for the Passaic County Council for Young Children Needs Assessment. At this community forum, 80 community leaders, social service providers, and parents gathered to weigh in on the results and prioritize recommendations.
The Needs Assessment was written by the Center for Research and Evaluation on Education and Human Services at Montclair State University, summarizing the results of parent surveys, focus groups and interviews with community leaders. The assessment project was commissioned by the Passaic County Council for Young Children - a coalition of parents and providers of services to young children. Links to the full report and executive summary are provided here:
In addition to the Needs Assessment, a new childcare map of Passaic County was unveiled by The Paterson Alliance. Inge Spungen, Paterson Alliance Executive Director, noted "There is a significant gap between the need for quality childcare and the availability of it in Passaic County." Paterson Alliance has created the attached website to guide parents to available preschool programs.
The Childcare Map can be accessed here: