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.

Upcoming Events and Programs in Newark!


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

What's Happening at ECCYC

3rd Annual ECCYC Family Fun Day
June 22, 2019 Military Park, Newark, NJ

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

Staying Cool in Maplewood & South Orange – The Village Green

With heat index numbers over 100 through Sunday evening, July 21, Maplewood and South Orange leaders are providing information and resources for staying cool locally. South Orange has announced that the municipal pool will be open to all South Orange residents through 8 p.m. July 21 regardless of whether or not season passes have been […]

On immigration, Booker is making me nervous | Moran –

Here’s what Sen. Cory Booker wants to do about immigration: Empty the detention centers, decriminalize border crossings, and offer free health care to the 11 million immigrants living here illegally. If you drill down deep, it’s not as soft-headed as it might sound. We’ll get to that. But the politics is a problem. Because in […]

Cooling Center in South Mountain Arena Open to South Orange Residents –

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Township officials are reminding residents to keep cool and stay safe during the heat wave this weekend. They issued a heat wave advisory on the South Orange Village website, The advisory says: Sign Up for E-News The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather warning for excessive heat through Sunday, July 21. […]

Video: Advice for Older Residents about the Heat Wave –

By PRESS RELEASE, EAST BRUNSWICK POLICE DEPARTMENT July 18, 2019 EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – Children dying from heatstroke in cars, either because they were left or became trapped, have reached a record number. In 2018, 52 children lost their lives — the most in over 20 years. This year, there have been 20 such deaths […]

PHOTOS: SOMA Action Joins ‘Lights of Liberty’ Protest at Essex County ICE Facility – The Village Green

More than 400 protesters — with scores from South Orange and Maplewood — joined a protest at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark on July 12 calling for the end of detention camps for immigrants. The “Lights of Liberty” July 12 protest took place across five continents and more than 700 towns and cities […]