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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2017


    Sharen Woodley

    Programs for Parents




    Greater Newark Shared Services Alliance is Seeking New Members


    Newark, NJ: Programs for Parents held its’ first meeting for the Greater Newark Shared Services Alliance at Turrell Fund on Monday, July 24th.  The alliance will be a framework that allows multiple Early Care and Education sites to pool needs and share resources – including staff, information, skills and funds – in order to improve the capacity to provide high quality care.


    The meeting brought together thought leaders in pedagogy, early childhood education, policy, philanthropy and business to identify critical needs in Early Care and Education and discuss the roles and responsibilities of the soon-to-be-formed Alliance Advisory Council. Program for Parents CEO, Beverly Lynn stated “Shared Services creates a new pathway for the future of Early Childhood Programs. Programs for Parents is pleased to lead the way for Essex County.”


    Programs for Parents is seeking 10 Early Care and Education sites to participate in this new pilot program. Centers must be committed to high quality and meet one of the following criteria: Grow NJ Kids, NAEYC Accredited, Early Head Start/Head Start, and or Pre-K Contracted Center. Two information Sessions will be held at Programs for Parents Newark office (570 Broad Street) on:


    • Thursday, August 10 – 10:00 am to 11:30 am (9th floor)
    • Wednesday, August 16 – 10:00 am to 11:30 am (5th floor)


    The Greater Newark Shared Services Alliance is funded by The Nicholson Foundation and Turrell Fund, and will serve as a pilot program to be replicated in other New Jersey counties. “The Nicholson Foundation is extremely proud to help bring the Shared Service Alliance to families in Newark,” said Kay Hendon, Senior Early Childhood Program Officer of The Nicholson Foundation.  “Shared service models help providers deliver early childhood care and education in a more streamlined and efficient way, ensuring that resources are reallocated to where they can most directly improve outcomes for children.”


    About Programs for Parents: Programs for Parents (PfP) is a non-profit organization which works to ensure that children get the best possible start in life.  It supports children, families and child care providers, in Essex County, through advocacy and action; offering education, referrals, sharing best practices and access to available financial resources.


    About The Nicholson Foundation: The Nicholson Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in New Jersey. The Foundation’s goal is to improve health and early childhood outcomes by implementing strategies that inform policy and transform service delivery systems. For more information about the Foundation, visit


    About Turrell Fund: Turrell Fund’s mission is to financially and strategically support organizations which directly provide or foster the creation and delivery of quality developmental and educational services to at-risk children, especially the youngest and their families, in Vermont and designated areas of New Jersey.




    Media Contact:

    Sharen Woodley



  • New Jersey First Steps Look Who’s Talking Conference, July 27, 2017 (8/1/2017)

    Thank You!
    Thank you to all who attended the 2017 annual Essex-Hudson Infant-Toddler Conference! Your participation made this event one of our best yet! Please view our conference recaps to see highlights from our day and to learn all that the conference had to offer! New Jersey First Steps goals are to improve the quality of infant/toddler early care across the state and increase the availability of quality early care programs for families with infants and toddlers. For more information about New Jersey First Steps, call 973-744-4050 ext. 1016.

    Please click the links below to see photos from the conference.

    Welcome Message

    Conference Staff

    Photo booth Recap

    Session Recap




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  • Early Childhood Shared Services Alliance! (7/27/2017)

    Programs for Parents is proud to announce the launch of the Greater Newark Shared Services Alliance!

    Are you an Early Childhood Provider who is…

    * Open to trying new ideas?
    * Comfortable with sharing with your peers in the field?
    * Looking for innovative ways to save time and money?

    Join us on either August 10th or 16th to learn more about the Shared Services concept.

    Click here to learn more…

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