Early Childhood

Passaic County Council For Young Children

New Jersey's Department of Children and Families (NJDCF) has created County Councils for Young Children (CCYC) in each of the 21 counties.  The purpose of the council is 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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Family Resources

Raising a family is not easy! We have put together a few resources here to help you navigate the systems especially in the areas of health and education.  Click on the link above for more information!

Passaic County Council for Young Children Needs Assessment Breakfast /Forum

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:

UWPC PCCYC Needs Assessment Report 2017

Needs Assessment Executive Summary

Think Pre-K

One of the areas addressed in the Needs Assessment is the importance of preschool education for all our children. Inge Spungen, Paterson Alliance Executive Director, unveiled a new childcare map of Passaic County and shared information on what is being done to close the gap for quality preschool education for all children in Passaic County.   Ms. Spungen stated "There is a significant gap between the need for quality childcare and the availability of it in Passaic County."  Available in multiple languages, the website, Think Pre-K, gives parents information on the importance of preschool and guides them through actual registration with Paterson Board of Education.  For registration in other school districts, start at our Family Resources page mentioned above.