Passaic County Council for Young Children (PCCYC)

Brief Program Introduction

The PCCYC mission is to strengthen collaboration between parents, families, and local community stakeholders with health, early care and education, family support, and other service providers.

Join us and receive leadership training, identify and address issues and priorities, meet others in your community who share your concerns and learn about the different resources in Passaic County and surrounding cities! All Families are welcome!

What is the Passaic County Council for Young Children?

All 21 counties have established a County Council for Young Children (CCYC) to strengthen collaboration between parents, families, and local community stakeholders with health, early care and education, family support, and other service providers. This shared leadership philosophy includes parents as active partners with service providers and community leaders helping to identify the needs, concerns, aspirations and successes of our collective efforts to positively impact the health, education and well-being of children from pregnancy / birth to age 8.

PCCYC participants work together using a Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework to develop mutually established goals and recommend creative strategies / solutions that respect the views and priorities of diverse families in the community.

Each CCYC has a local lead agency and designated project coordinator who guides and supports the planning process, committee and workgroup structure, and implementation to address priorities and advocacy efforts. The CCYC works closely with the local Central Intake to provide input / feedback about the availability, responsiveness and effectiveness of the service array within the community; and makes recommendations to strengthen local program coordination and integration.

Core Elements

Shared Leadership Model - Parents / caregivers and agency representatives work collaboratively toensure the CCYC is successful. Each CCYC has a target of over 50% parent participation.

Parent Leadership Development - All CCYCs receive parent leadership training ensuring opportunities for parents / caregivers to serve with practitioners in meaningful ways.

Committees / Workgroup - Each council has working committees based on local priorities and needs that strengthen and support child and family well-being for ALL children in the community.

Local Needs Assessment and Planning - Each council collaborates with local child and family serving partners in strategic planning to identify service gaps and key priorities for the CCYC — in prenatal and child health, childcare, education, special needs, child welfare, family support, self -sustainability, etc.

Consultation - FCP-ECS staff provide guidance to the CCYCs to improve early childhood service coordination and systems integration with — Help Me Grow (central intake), Improving Pregnancy Outcomes / IPO (community health workers), Grow NJ Kids (quality rating system), and more.For more information on the CCYC in your county, contact the CCYC lead agency listed below. Website: www.state.nj.us/education/ece/njcyc/county