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

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

NJ Measles Outbreak Grows: Diseases Worst Rate Since Eradication – Cranford, NJ Patch

Federal health officials warn that 2019 is the worst year for measles since the disease was eradicated in 2000 by vaccinations. So far this year, 695 cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states, including New Jersey, according to the latest information from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And New Jersey […]

Fishing Derby Coming To Verona Park – MyVeronaNJ – My veronanj

It’s that time of year again: Essex County has released the schedule of the annual Fishing Derbies in the county parks. The competition kicks off on Thursday, May 9, in Caldwell’s Grover Cleveland Park pond. On-site registration begins at 5 p.m., the derby begins at 6 p.m. and awards will be presented at 7:45 p.m. […]

Gilmore gone – Politico

Good Thursday morning! Lizette Delgado-Polanco is out as state Democratic vice-chair, one day after leaving her post as SDA chair. Now in her place is Peg Schaffer, chair of the ascending Somerset County Democrats. Story Continued Below State Chairman John Currie plans to run with Schaffer for a full term in the election this November. […]

46th Annual Fishing Derby, Police Unity Tour and More Upcoming Events in Fairfield –

FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield Township Councilman Joseph Cifelli reminded the public at Monday’s council meeting that the Fairfield Conservation and Sportsmen’s Association’s 46th annual kids’ fishing derby will be held on Saturday, rain or shine, at Outfront Media (185 Rt. 46 West) in Fairfield. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the fishing derby will run from […]

‘The Sopranos’ prequel movie is looking for extras at a New Jersey casting call – New York Daily News

Gandolfini died of a heart attack at age 51 in 2013 while in Rome, Italy with his son Michael Gandolfini. Michael, 19, is set to play a younger version of Tony Soprano in “The Many Saints of Newark,” which is set in the Essex County city in the 1960s.