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Family and Community Partnerships' Office of Early Childhood Services (OECS) works across state government and with state and local advocates to ensure child abuse and neglect prevention services and supports reach families before a child is born. Early childhood services are available up to a child’s sixth birthday. 


Connecting NJ   
New Jersey’s network of service hubs dedicated to providing essential services that help families, and care for children, primarily from pregnancy to age five. Connecting NJ agencies, partners and support systems offer access to information and referrals to local wellness services, including healthcare for mothers and children, early education programs, domestic violence support, addiction treatment, financial assistance, home visiting programs, behavioral health services, and more.

County Councils for Young Children
County Councils for Young Children (CCYC) is a social service planning community organization. It strengthens collaboration between parents, families, and local community providers. These community members come together to promote parent leadership and support on the local level.

Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow (HMG) promotes infant and child health, development, and social-emotional well-being; early learning and school readiness; and helps to prevent child neglect and abuse. HMG works with partners to improve the quality and availability of services at the state and local level, and eliminate disparities through early childhood systems integration.

Home Visitation
The Home Visitation Initiative seeks to improve the physical and emotional well-being of infants, children, and their families by providing community-based education and in-home support to parents.

Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health)
With the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Project LAUNCH links and enhances efforts to improve the overall wellness of young children in Essex County.

Strengthening Families
Strengthening Families (SF) is an evidence-based approach to reduce child abuse and neglect through training and guidance to child care and family child care providers.

Call 211 for more information about Central Intake services in your community.