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Child Health Programs

Image_healthprogramsA Programs for Parents (PfP) High Priority

Recent studies confirm that children in Essex County have numerous health issues, such as asthma, elevated lead levels and developmental delays. With as many as 75% of all children under five in some type of out-of-home child care, Programs for Parents (PfP) has unique access to many children at risk. In order to achieve our child health goals, our Child Health Initiatives (CHI) department is staffed by nurses with pediatric experience. CHI continues to create and implement much-needed programs for families and children within the community through its contract with the New Jersey Department of Human Services as well as private funders.

The Child Health Warmline

The Warmline is a free, statewide 24/7 automated phone service designed to provide Family Child Care Providers and Child Care Center staff with practical, accurate information on relevant health and behavior issues. During business hours, a Warmline nurse can be reached by hitting the star key. In Essex County, the Warmline is now available to parents. As many as 1,000 callers contact our nurses each year, while over 3,000 calls are made to the automated system by dialing 1.800.713.9006.

The Child Care Matters Newsletter

Programs for Parents publishes the monthly newsletter, Child Care Matters, which contains timely information on various health issues that are affecting children.  "Hot Topics", such as those listed below, are updates on the Warmline.

Developmental Delays: A Video Training Program

This innovative program teaches child care providers how to identify "red flags" for developmental delays in infants through preschoolers. PfP offers two real-life instructional videos, filmed in clinical settings, that demonstrate developmental delays. A third video focuses on sharing observations with parents. The complete kit also includes a Developmental Assessment Checklist and a letter to the child's health care professional from our collaborator, the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Jersey Chapter.

The Early Intervention Program was developed with funding from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.

For more information, contact us.

Asthma-Friendly Family Child Care Project

This program, designed to improve the lives of children with asthma in Essex County, teaches Registered Family Child Care Providers and parents how to recognize and decrease environmental triggers. PfP created easy-to-understand educational literature for caregivers, which includes a handy reminder checklist of the triggers for young children with asthma. The program was developed with E.P.A. funding. For more information, contact us.

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Twenty-five percent of children tested in the greater Newark area have elevated lead levels, the highest in New Jersey. These lead levels cause a variety of illnesses, including irreversible brain damage. Contact us for resource and referral information.

Child Abuse Prevention

The New Jersey Child Assault (NJ CAP) Prevention Project is a statewide network with over 200 facilitators available to train people in your school and community...training over three million children, parents and teachers how to prevent abuse and interpersonal violence. Programs for Parents represents NJ CAP throughout northern New Jersey.
http://www.njcap.org