• NJ First Steps Leadership Conference (8/22/2019)

  • Emergency Preparedness Training & Preparing for Violence/Active Shooter Situations (8/13/2019)

  • 2019 CDA Orientation (8/7/2019)

    “Learn about Programs for Parents Gold Standard Accredited CDA Training Program (Child Development Associate). Improve your classroom practices and earn a CDA Credential.  Classes begin in September 2019 and run through February 2020 – approximately 6 months. Sign up for an Orientation Session on August 20 or September 10th. Contact to enroll. ”

  • State Benefits Recipients Get Free or Discounted Admission at more than 85 New Jersey Arts and History Organizations (7/4/2019)

    TRENTON, NJ – The Families First Discovery Pass (FFDP) is a new program in New Jersey designed to provide families and individuals enrolled in state assistance programs with greater access to arts and history events, venues and programs statewide. Residents who receive food assistance through SNAP, cash assistance through the WorkFirst NJ program or child care assistance through NJ Child Care Subsidy program or WIC are eligible for free or steeply discounted admission at museums, theaters, historic sites, workshops, festivals, and more.

    The program is a joint venture between the NJ State Council on the Arts, the NJ Historical Commission, the NJ Department of Human Services (DHS), the NJ Department of Health (DOH) and many of the best arts and historical organizations across the state.

    “We are proud to announce the Families First Discovery Pass because every New Jersey resident should have access to the rich history, arts, and cultural heritage of our state,” said Secretary of State Tahesha Way, who oversees the Department of State, including the State Arts Council and the Historical Commission. “These experiences improve our quality of life, strengthen our families and communities, and support lifelong learning.”

    The inaugural group of participating arts and history organizations each has their own special FFDP offer. To receive the discount, patrons show their Families First card or WIC Identification Folder. For a full list of participating organizations, what they offer and how to access the discounts, visit

    “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this great initiative to expand access to New Jersey’s wonderful cultural organizations and events,” said Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson. “Human Services’ programs are here to provide opportunity and support to those in need and, with this initiative and partnership, our programs will now also open doors to our state’s history and culture.  We thank the State Council on the Arts and the Historical Commission for their leadership in making this initiative possible.”

    “The Department of Health is excited that New Jersey’s WIC families will have the opportunity to take advantage of this new program, which will foster greater interest in the arts and state history,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal.  “The WIC program supports participants’ health with nutritious foods, access to these programs will also enrich their lives.”

  • SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome (6/27/2019)


  • Leadership Series in Early Childcare (4/29/2019)

  • CDA Gold Standard Awarded to Programs for Parents (4/25/2019)

    Programs for Parents is honored to earn the CDA Gold StandardSM

    Programs for Parents is the newest recipient of the prestigious CDA Gold Standard and the only agency in New Jersey following a quality review of their training and student services by the Council for Professional Recognition (the Council).  The CDA Gold StandardSM is part of the Council’s early childhood education effort to help CDA students find the high-quality training and student services they need in preparation for the CDA exam and a career as an early childhood educator.

    “It’s our belief and philosophy that everything should be done with excellence. Earning the CDA Gold Standard is another step in that direction,” Dr. Beverly Lynn, CEO, Programs for Parents.

    Earning the CDA Gold Standard is recognition that Programs for Parents successfully demonstrated that its early childhood education training is based on the Council’s three industry-leading principles of:

    1. Alignment with the CDA formal education coursework found in the CDA’s Eight Subject Areas.
    2. Sound business policies and practices.
    3. Quality student services that meet their educational and professional needs.

    “We believe that the Council’s CDA Gold Standard award adds value and integrity to the early childhood profession by verifying connections between the Council’s proven teacher competencies and the quality of training resources available to CDA students,” Valora Washington, chief executive officer, Council for Professional Recognition said.

    In addition to offering high-quality training, CDA Gold Standard applicants must provide evidence that they serve the CDA student community with excellence, which includes professional development that prepares students for successful completion of their training program.

    “It’s exciting to think about the many young children, families, and communities that will benefit from the high-quality education and training students will receive from a CDA Gold StandardSM organization [your organization],” Washington added.

    Programs for Parents is a not-for-profit organization which works to ensure that children get the best possible start in life. We support 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.

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    For more than 30 years, the Council for Professional Recognition has been the leader in promoting improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages zero to 5 years old. The Council recognizes and credentials professionals who work in all types of early care and education settings – Head Start, pre-k, infant-toddler, family child care, and home visitor programs. As a non-profit agency, the Council sets policies and procedures for assessment and credentialing, including the CDA® and the new CDA Gold StandardSM; publishes the industry leading training books and workbooks, including its CDA Competency Standards and Essentials textbook and workbook (2nd edition).  Visit:

  • Week of the Young Child Breakfast (4/25/2019)

    Programs for Parents, Inc. (PfP) Hosts
    10th Annual Week of the Young Child Breakfast

    Programs for Parents, Inc. (PfP) held is 10th annual Week of the Young Child Breakfast at NICO’s at NJPAC.  Celebrating the early childhood workforce, keynote speaker, the Honorable Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver congratulated Programs for Parents for 35 years of work in expanding access to child care for more than 200,000 children and families in Essex County.  She identified the “benefits that accrue to those who participate in early childhood education” and encouraged the audience to continue advocating for early childhood education “because if we can provide access, we will create a successive generation of youth who will have other options in their lives”. Oliver encouraged attendees to provide testimony making early childhood funding a top priority at upcoming budget hearings and support Governor Murphy’s proposed $69 million for early childhood.

    Programs for Parents CEO, Dr. Beverly Lynn, honored 9 Family Child Care Providers who have earned a star rating through Grow NJ Kids, New Jersey’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Lynn enthusiastically endorsed family child care as a “viable choice” especially for parents looking for an intimate learning environment for infants and toddlers.

    A much-needed service with a significant impact

    Dr. Lynn concluded the breakfast with encouragement for all attendees.  “Changing young children’s lives has so many challenges. Children today have so many needs. They are looking for us to help them”.

  • New Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (4/24/2019)

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