Child & Family Resources, Inc.

Mount Arlington, NJ   |  www.cfrmorris.org

Mission

Child & Family Resources aims to engage individuals, employers, public officials, public and private organizations to strengthen delivery of services for young children in family and community-based settings. We ensure that all families have access to a nurturing, motivating, and inspiring early care and education system for their children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Child & Family Resources partners with parents, child care programs, schools, health/mental health/human service organizations, and key stakeholders to offer a multitude of programs and services that support and challenge children to reach their greatest potential as members of a diverse community.

Ruling year info

1973

Executive Director

Rebekka Zydel

Main address

111 Howard Blvd Ste 104

Mount Arlington, NJ 07856 USA

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EIN

22-1985526

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Child Day Care (P33)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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Color Me Healthy

Overweight and obesity are complex problems with many contributing factors including poor eating patterns, less physical activity, increased sedentary media viewing time, financial pressures to minimize food costs. The resulting weight gain places young children at risk for depression, teasing and bullying, cardiac disease, and early onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Of greater concern, are obesity rates among New Jersey’s young children. In 2008, of the 43 states reporting, New Jersey had the second highest rate of obesity among low income children, ages 2 through 5 at nearly 18%.

CFR is working to reduce childhood overweight and obesity with our Color Me Healthy & NAP SACC programs.

Population(s) Served

The purpose of the STEPS with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Program is to create science programs in early childhood classrooms that provide meaningful context in which early reading, mathematics, social skill, and inquiry-based science can be learned best.

Population(s) Served

NAP SACC improves nutrition and physical activity environments in childcare. One quarter of children ages 2-5 are overweight or obese and three quarters of children ages 3-6 years are in daycare. These children eat up to three meals and snacks per day and experience most of their daily physical activity in daycare settings.

NAP SACC targets nutrition and physical activity policy in child care settings by targeting the:
• nutritional quality of food served
• amount and quality of physical activity
• staff-child interactions
• facility nutrition and physical activity policies and practices

Population(s) Served

The Strengthening Families Through Early Care & Education Initiative is an approach to preventing child abuse and neglect by supporting families through childcare programs. The Center for the Study of Social Policy developed the framework for Strengthening Families through Early Care and Education Initiative. The fundamental principle is that certain protective factors contribute towards family resiliency and strength. These key protective factors are Parent resilience, Social connections, Knowledge of parenting and child development, Concrete support in times of need, and Healthy social and emotional development. Early Care and Education Centers play a prominent role in building these protective factors among the families they serve. Through seven key strategies, centers become well positioned to help families build these protective factors that have proven to be effective in preventing child abuse and neglect. This approach uses early childhood programs to build evidence-based protective factors for children and their families. This is a strength-based approach which builds on existing assets to keep all families strong and all children safe.

Population(s) Served

Early childhood administrators are the gatekeepers to quality. Their role as both leader and manager is pivotal to program success. Without efficient and effective systems in place at the organizational level, quality teaching practices cannot be sustained at the classroom level. Management and leadership practices that promote norms of continuous improvement are critical for achieving and sustaining quality at the classroom level.

We work with child care centers strengthening their ability to enhance business practices in Human Resources Development, Personnel Cost and Allocation, Center Operations, Child Assessment, Fiscal Management, Program Planning and Evaluation, Family Partnerships, Marketing and Public Relations, Technology, and Staff Qualifications.

Population(s) Served

The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program teaches parents and caregivers basic facts about child development, parenting styles, positive discipline, conflict resolution skills and tools for keeping kids safe with media and electronic technology.

By teaching positive ways to guide and communicate with young children under age 8, the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program helps adults learn how to reinforce children’s good behavior, build their self-esteem and foster loving relationships in families, all of which helps to prevent violence in the lives of young children before it starts.

Population(s) Served

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Our results

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Number of referrals to resources offered

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Total number of families served by all types of referrals.

Number of hours of training

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Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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Number of people trained

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This metric is a combination of the number of parents trained and the number of child care providers trained.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Child & Family Resources (CFR) focuses on children. We create and implement programs and services that support the development of children and their families by engaging and partnering with the community in their efforts to enhance the lives of children.


There is considerable work remaining in our efforts to support the successful growth and development of our children. Our vision is a communal state which shares the burden of early care and education with the families. An investment in children's early learning pays dividends for their future. An investment in a child's future is an investment in a better tomorrow.

For more than 37 years, we have brought hope to families working toward the American Dream. We help them find safe and dependable child care, assist them financially by helping parents pay for quality child care, help them obtain enough diapers to provide a healthy diaper change, and provide the opportunity to better their parenting skills for the good of the entire family.

We offer hope to educators by providing critical professional development and work toward the creation of a system of quality early care and education for our youngest citizens.

Child & Family Resources has a long history of investing in research and evidenced based quality improvement initiatives. Current child care quality improvement initiatives include Color Me Healthy, Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC), Strengthening Families Through Early Care & Education (SFI), Program Administration Scale (PAS), ACT Raising Safe Kids, and STEPS with STEM.

Child & Family Resources is nationally recognized for the capacity to develop, implement, and manage pilot initiatives to improve the quality of services provided by community-based child care programs. It also serves as the state's child care resource and referral organization for Morris County.

Child & Family Resources has served hundreds of thousands of families. CFR has brought millions of dollars in child care quality improvement initiatives, professional development training for educators, creation of additional child care programs, family child care provider registration, parenting education, and financial assistance for income-eligible families to New Jersey communities. The Child & Family Resources staff members have been a mainstay in our community providing parents with information about available child care options, quality indicators to look for, and factors to consider when choosing a child care arrangement for their children.

Financials

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Operations

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Child & Family Resources, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Piper Hutin

Piper Hutin

Kathleen Timothy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes