Birth to 8, Make It GREAT!

Serving Essex County

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Do you want a seat at the table where decisions are made that impact your children and family? Do you want to work towards improving the health, safety, and education of children from birth to 8?  If so Essex County Council for Young Children is the group for you.


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ECCYC Highlights

The ECCYC continues to strengthen and expand membership of local community councils in Newark, Orange, East Orange and Irvington & Montclair.


Please check out this article from Baristanet about MCCYC including quotes from the CEO of Programs for Parents, Dr. Beverly Lynn.


  • ECCYC’s county-wide 1st Annual Family Fun Day at Military Park was a great success. Along with local agencies and government officials, over 300 parents and children were in attendance.
  • ECCYC representation was also visible at the Health & Wellness Sustainable Village during the Lincoln Park Music Festival in July. We connected with over 100 families, providing them with information about SPAN as well as ECCYC.
  • ECCYC’s Leadership Team joined the Newark Public Schools Discipline Committee to revise and adapt the district’s discipline policy to a more restorative plan with the goal of eliminating preschool suspensions, reducing the number of days children spend out of the classroom for infractions, and eliminating the preschool to prison pipeline. The new policy was successfully adopted on August 22, 2017.
  • ECCYC parent Dawn Synch testified
  • ECCYC parents, Dawn Synch, Della Walker, and Tanisha Gardner spoke to the Department of Children and Families on the importance of quality childcare and raising the reimbursement rates for childcare in the State of New Jersey.

What's Happening at ECCYC

Community Partner of the Month

Happy new year from Essex Pregnancy and Parenting Connection (EPPC)!

Our goal is for parents in Essex County to feel confident and supported so that their children can grow up happy and safe! Anyone living in Essex County who is expecting a baby or who has a child age 0-8 years can contact us at 973-621-9157 or or by texting 313131. Our staff helps connect families to a variety of services through our community partners, like parent support through in-home visits, community groups, and help-lines; help with finding and applying for different types of assistance; educational programs about pregnancy, birth, and raising young children; and parent leadership opportunities. Languages spoken by our staff include English, Spanish, Creole, and Portuguese (limited) and we utilize a language line service whenever needed. Contact us today for assistance or to partner with us to reach more families. Also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Local News You Can Use

Triple shooting in Newark kills 1, wounds 2; no arrests – Clay Center Dispatch

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey say a triple shooting in Newark has claimed the life of one person and sent two others to a hospital. The Essex County prosecutor’s office and Newark public safety officials said the shooting happened at about 5 p.m. Saturday. They said 51-year-old Angel Montanez of Newark was […]

Could disgraced former Cardinal McCarrick now face criminal charges? –

The statement from the Vatican was short on details, but spoke volumes. Solicitation of sex during confession. Abuse of power. And sins with minors and with adults against the Sixth Commandment. It was an indictment against a once-powerful cardinal. With the dramatic defrocking on Saturday of Theodore McCarrick — the one-time archbishop of the Archdiocese […]

Searching a family tree can be like opening Pandora’s box – New Jersey Herald

Posted: Feb. 17, 2019 12:01 am HAMBURG — When Lisaann VanBlarcom Permunian started searching her family tree back in 2010 she never realized what she would find. But despite what she has found she continues her research, but she concedes that her head hasn’t stopped spinning since beginning to research her family tree. It started […]

Hundreds Celebrate Lunar New Year Livingston Chinese Culture Day –

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Hundreds of community members from Livingston and beyond celebrated the Lunar New Year through the township’s annual Livingston Chinese Culture Day (LCCD) 2019, held last weekend at Livingston High School. Four local Chinese community organizations—including the Livingston Huaxia Chinese School, Livingston Chinese Association, Livingston Chinese School and Living Stone Christian Church—have collaborated with […]

Ms. Cheryl Hills, Third Grade Teacher at Washington Community School, Named Teacher Who Makes Magic by local radio station –

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Ms. Cheryl Hills, a Third Grade Teacher at Washington Community School, was named Teacher Who Makes Magic! by Magic 98.3 Radio Station. Students and teachers gathered in the gymnasium today for what they thought was going to be a practice drill, when over the airways in a connection with the radio station, […]