• Parents: Want to increase your child’s academic success? Learn to make the Home to School Connection at this FREE workshop! (2/15/2018)

    Home to School Connection
    Wednesday, February 21, 6:30-8:30pm
    570 Broad St. 9th Floor, Newark, NJ
    Parents and caregivers will learn how to become involved in partnering with their child’s teacher to support their child’s academic success and social/emotional competence.

    To register, please call (973) 744-4050 ext. 1003

  • Baby Box (1/25/2018)

    The Baby Box

    Programs for Parents (PfP) is promoting safe infant sleep by distributing Baby Boxes to parents and agencies. The Baby Boxes are made by The Baby Box Co., which developed its products inspired by a Finnish tradition. Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world and Baby Boxes are credited for this. These Baby Boxes can be used as a safe sleep space for a baby’s first five to six months of life. The Baby Boxes are made from a durable cardboard and are proactively certified to meet the highest level of available safety standards for bassinets by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The mattresses are firm foam pads which have been independently certified as non toxic and safe.

    All expectant and new parents are eligible to participate. To receive your complimentary Baby Box :

    • Go to:
    • Join Baby Box University
    • Complete the 15 minute online course
    • Retrieve your Baby Box University Certificate of Completion
    • Contact Programs for Parents to schedule a date to pick up your Baby Box
    • Upon  arrival you must provide a copy of your Baby Box Certificate and a valid email address

    All Baby Box recipients will be required to read and sign Programs for Parents Liability Disclaimer


    Twana Thompson ,  MSW
    Parent Education Coordinator
    Programs  for Parents, Inc.
    570  Broad Street ,  8th Floor
    Newark , NJ 07102
    (973) 297-1114 ext. 4050
    Office Hours 8:00AM to 4:00PM

    500 Bloomfield Avenue
    Montclair, New Jersey 07042
    Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


    Programas para Padres (PfP, por sus siglas en inglés) promueve el sueño infantil seguro mediante la distribución de Baby Boxes a padres y agencias. Los Baby Boxes (Cajas de bebes) están hechas por The Baby Box Co., que desarrolló sus productos inspirados en la tradición finlandesa. Finlandia tiene una de las tasas de mortalidad infantil más bajas del mundo y Baby Boxes se acredita por esto. Estos Baby Boxes se pueden usar como un lugar seguro para dormir durante los primeros cinco a seis meses de vida de un bebé. Las Baby Boxes están hechas de un cartón duradero y están certificadas de forma proactiva para cumplir con el más alto nivel de estándares de seguridad disponibles para cunas de la Comisión de Seguridad de Productos para el Consumidor (CPSC). Los colchones son almohadillas de espuma firmes que han sido certificadas independientemente como no tóxicas y seguras.

    Todos los futuros y nuevos padres son elegibles para participar. Para recibir su Baby Box complementario, por favor siga los siguientes pasos:

    • Ir a:
    • Inscríbase a Baby Box University.
    • Complete el curso en línea de 15 minutos.
    • Imprima su certificado de finalización de Baby Box University.
    • Comuníquese con Programas para PAdres para programar una fecha para recoger su Baby Box.
    • Al llegar, debe proporcionar una copia de su Certificado de Baby Box y una dirección de correo electrónico valida.

    Se requiere que todos los beneficiarios de Baby Box lean y firmen la Exención de Responsabilidad de Programs for Parents.


    Twana Thompson ,  MSW
    Parent Education Coordinator
    Programs  for Parents, Inc.
    570  Broad Street ,  8th Floor
    Newark , NJ 07102
    (973) 297-1114 ext. 4050
    Office Hours 8:00AM to 4:00PM

    500 Bloomfield Avenue
    Montclair, New Jersey 07042
    Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • New Jersey First Steps Winter Webinar Series (1/8/2018)

  • The WINTER/ SPRING 2018 Professional Development calendar is HERE! Download it TODAY! (12/28/2017)

    Looking for training to meet the CCDBG requirements?

    Looking to improve your knowledge of infants and toddlers?

    Looking to build your skills as an early childhood professional?

    Then we have exactly what you are looking for! Let Programs for Parents, Inc. meet your Professional Development needs!

    We offer training in the evenings and on weekends at our Newark and Montclair facilities.

    DOWNLOAD our WINTER/ SPRING 2018 Professional Development calendar

    ECC_Cal_WIN_SPR_18_INTRNT_FNL.pdf (295 downloads)

    Training opportunities are now available for online registration at the New Jersey Workforce Registry

  • FFN Provider Orientation (9th Floor Newark) (12/14/2017)
  • Register today for free training for Infant/Toddler Caregivers on Saturday, December 9, 2017 (12/8/2017)


    New Jersey First Steps
    A State-wide Infant Toddler Initiative
    Northern Region
    Programs for Parents, Inc.
    Guiding Principles of Early Care
    Part 1 & 2
    This free two day training is to explore infant and toddler child development principles, healthy relationships, attunement, responsive and primary care principles. This session will serve as a good refresher for many infant toddler providers as well as for those new to childcare industry.
    This training is specifically for infant and toddler caregivers.



    Location: Programs for Parents 500 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042
    Saturday, December 9, 2017 Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
    To register for these free classes, log onto
    Click the button that says “Find Professional Development & Training Classes”
    ”Select Training Agency “Programs for Parents”
    Choose Course Name “Guiding Principles of Early Care Pt. 1 & 2”
    Funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development

  • DIRECTORS: Want to become more effective with your evaluations? Attend our workshop on Staff Assessment and Evaluation! (11/20/2017)

    Gearing up for Staff Evaluations? Want to become more effective with your evaluations? Attend our workshop on Staff Assessment and Evaluation! Effective employee evaluations should help both managers and employees. For managers, it’s an opportunity to correct problematic behaviors, acknowledge improvements and recognize exemplary performance among staff members. For employees, it’s the chance to hear praises sung or correct problematic behaviors before more serious issues arise. But if managers have not been trained to effectively draft and deliver an evaluation, the session can create a human resources nightmare. While training may not make evaluations fun, it can make them less time-consuming and more effective. Register here: For more professional development, visit our training calendar

  • Want to earn your CDA? Attend Orientation 11/21! (11/10/2017)

    Please be aware that Programs for Parents is now accepting applications for our Fall 2017 CDA course!

    Steps to Apply to the Fall 2017 CDA Program!

    1. Complete the registration form!
    2. Send us your application package! Things that should be included in your application package:
      1. $100 registration fee in the form of a money order or credit card transaction. We accept money orders mailed or dropped off. We also accept credit card payments over the phone or in person.
      2. A copy of your high school diploma or transcript
      3. Proof of employment or volunteering at a licensed child care center OR a registered family childcare provider (must be on a School Letterhead and signed by administrator)
    3. Turn in your completed application package! We accept three modes of submission.
      1. You can mail to our location
      2. Or Drop off at our location
      3. Or Fax in your application Package

    Address:  500 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042

    Fax: 973-744-6809

    1. Please make sure to provide a valid email address and mailing address on your registration form as you will receive emails and letters updating you on your application status.


    Please note that Programs for Parents does make payment plans for serious applicants, so please contact us if payment is a concern.

    If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Blagman at 973-744-4050 ext 1011 or at


    Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

  • Bringing Books to Life! A Story-Telling and Reading Books workshop (10/27/2017)

    Programs for Parents has partnered with Rutgers University-Newark’s Office of University Community Partnerships to bring early childhood professionals this exciting workshop! The Bringing Books to Life workshop will reinforce the importance of educators and caregivers spending quality time reading with the young children in their care through the intentional promotion of language development and early literacy skills development using books as a viable tool. Additionally, it will provide educators and caregivers with a foundation approach  to implementing  strategies and techniques that can be used with young children to help foster positive adult and child relationships, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, imagination, and creativity.

    The cost is $15. Payments can be made in person or over the phone with a credit card or money order. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED.

    You can register online at or by calling 973-744-4050 ext. 1003.


  • PITC Resumen – Los Primeros Pasos de New Jersey (10/23/2017)

    Entrenamientos gratis para bebés y niños pequeños disponible en español en Noviembre.

    Para registrarse, visite al



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