RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS, PARENTS AND EDUCATORS

We at LLA are advocates for children and their famillies, as well as early childhood educators. These resources are available in our region to support, provide awareness and educate our community. Please click on the image to link to more information.

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WIC is a preventive public health nutrition program that provides nutrition and breastfeeding education, nutritious foods, and improved access to regular health care and social services to low and moderate-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and young children with, or at risk of developing nutrition-related health problems.

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FoodPantries.org not only provides listings of pantries, but we also provide information on: food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

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New Jersey Early Care Teaching and Learning Alignment document presents developmental standards for children birth to60 months or five years old. The document provides developmental milestones that reflect the developmental continuum from birth to preschool in typically developed children.

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ZERO TO THREE works to ensure all babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Since 1977, the organization has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals and policymakers.

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NJ Helps is a website that will help to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insurance (NJ FamilyCare or Medicaid). From there you can apply for services or learn about additional resources.

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The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is the state’s first Cabinet-level agency devoted exclusively to serving and supporting at-risk children and families. It is made up of about 6,600 staff who are focused on and committed to assisting and empowering residents to be safe, healthy and connected.

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NJPIES provides immediate help in poisoning emergencies as well as in situations where someone is just a little worried. Experts can assist callers of all ages and those who speak languages other than English. No question is too small and most cases can be resolved over the phone, usually avoiding an expensive, unnecessary trip to the emergency room.

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Recalls.gov has been created to provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, and to report a dangerous product, or to learn important safety tips.

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Find the latest American Academy of Pediatrics guidance to help you provide care for families during the COVID-19 pandemic. This page provides critical updates regarding data reports, recommendations of the AAP, vaccines, patient care and more.

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Mom 2 Mom has been established by moms of special needs children and adults and trained peer support and crisis counselors. This organization offers peer support counseling, a place to vent, reassurance, a sounding board, advocacy skill building, and access to expert advice and reliable resources to help improve the lives of moms.

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Grow NJ Kids, New Jersey’s Quality Rating Improvement System, is New Jersey’s program to raise the quality of child care and early learning across the state. For parents, it provides information on selecting a quality provider to help them make the most of their kids’ early learning opportunities. 

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Think Babies serves to make the potential of every baby our national priority. Early experiences shape how a baby’s brain develops, laying the foundation for future learning, behavior and health. Think Babies brings nationwide attention to what babies and families need to thrive.

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The SPAN Parent Advocacy Network empowers families as advocates and partners in improving education, health, and mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth.

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NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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PBS For Parents provides resources to help you raise kind, curious and resilient children. Find parenting tips, hands-on activities, games, and more timely resources.

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Family Success Centers are “one-stop” shops that provide wrap-around resources and supports for families before they find themselves in crisis. Family Success Centers offer primary child abuse prevention services to families and bring together concerned community residents, leaders, and community agencies to address the problems that threaten the safety and stability of families and the community.

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NJ offers over 20 Domestic Violence Service programs to support those experiencing domestic violence, and offers services dedicated to prevention and counseling. Find access to phone support, confidential safe houses, advocacy, legal, financial and housing advocacy programs, and intervention services.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Adminstration provides leadership and devotes its resources, including programs, policies, information and data, contracts and grants, to help the United States act on the knowledge that behavioral Health is essential to health; prevention works; treatment is effective; people recover from mental and substance use disorders.

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New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is a State agency created to provide administrative guidance, financial support and technical assistance to local governments, community development organizations, businesses and individuals to improve the quality of life in New Jersey. Find available programs and find if you are eligible for assistance services.

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The New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition is a collaboration of health professionals and community representatives. The goal is improve the health of New Jersey families by working collaboratively to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.

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The Nurture NJ Strategic Plan is the culmination of over a year of in-person and virtual meetings with our departments and agencies, health systems, physicians, midwives, doulas, community organizations, and most importantly, mothers and their families. The Strategic Plan is designed to make transformational change in a system that has historically failed our mothers and babies – especially our mothers and babies of color.

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The Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators (CITE) promotes quality infant and toddler care and education by building collaborations, providing professional development opportunities, support and resources, and by influencing public policy.