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!

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Things to do with Kids During the Week of March 21-27, 2019 –

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