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For Release:
August 31, 2010

Poonam Alaigh, MD, MSHCPM, FACP
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Parent Possibilities! NJ Parent Link Connects Parents and Professionals to State’s First Early Childhood Web Site


 

No question about it, parenting is a tough job!  And whether you are parenting one or more children there are always those times when you might need a helping hand. NJ Parent Link, New Jersey’s first comprehensive, early childhood web site offers one-stop shopping for both parents and professionals seeking information, government resources, and an opportunity to connect with others in their communities.

 

Available at www.njparentlink.nj.gov, NJ Parent Link, The Early Childhood, Parenting and Professional Resource Center, is a public/private initiative led by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).  Nine other state government departments and 14 community and professional agencies are key partners in the initiative.

 

“The early childhood years, from birth until the child enters school, are critical for healthy development and success later in life,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Poonam Alaigh.

 

 “By creating this virtual community, we are taking a holistic approach to supporting healthy families,” Dr. Alaigh added.  “The Parent Link web site offers information and resources in all of the areas vital to families – health, safety, child care, early childhood education, and social and supportive services. It’s a great example of how government and the private sector can work together to better serve our residents and their families.”

 

NJ Parent Link highlights state government resources, allowing parents to easily find information on a range of topics such as low-cost health care and low-cost health insurance, unemployment benefits, home foreclosure help, finding quality child care, and coping with stress.  Links to federal resources and community services are also provided.  Special sections focus on the needs of parents in specific situations, such as those with disabilities, teen parents, or parents deployed in the military.

 

Parent participation is encouraged through NJ Parent Link’s Family Forum.  Parents can submit questions and suggestions, offer advice to other parents or share their child’s art work.

 

Community calendars allow both parents and early childhood professionals to learn about events of interest.  Site users can also sign up for tailored e-alert subscription services.  A parent and professionals development section highlights early childhood career opportunities, professional continuing education resources, and opportunities for community involvement.

 

A planned expansion of NJ Parent Link will allow on-line collaboration among early childhood agencies in a secure area of the web site.

 

The web site initiative is supported by a State Early Childhood Comprehensive System Program Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

In developing the site, DHSS coordinated with more than 30 state government units.  Web site resources include executive, legislative and judicial branch services.  The New Jersey Department of Children and Families, the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Environmental Protection are DHSS’s lead state government partners in the project.

 

Key community and professional partners are: the Association for Children of New Jersey; Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen; Children’s Futures; Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators; New Jersey Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies; New Jersey Focus on Early Emotional Learning and Supports; American Academy of Pediatrics, New Jersey Chapter/New Jersey Pediatric Council on Research and Education (PCORE); Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey; Statewide Parent Advocacy Network; Thomas Edison State College; and the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health.

 

Visit the NJ Parent Link site at http://njparentlink.nj.gov to learn more.

 

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