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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. 


Central Intake
New Jersey has a statewide network of central intake hubs in all 21 counties. Central intake provides pregnant women, families, and providers easy access to resource information and referrals to community services that promote child and family wellness. Central intake’s focus is to facilitate linkages from pregnancy to age five.

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.

Systems Overview
New Jersey Prevention System of Care 

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