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Resources for Parents in NJ

Business/Employment Parenting
Enrichment, Fitness & Fun Voter & Consumer Information
Legal Assistance Mom's Time Out/Play Groups

Kids Guide NJ is not just for kids!…be sure to check the listings under Enrichment Classes, Museums, Theatre, Music and Dance and Outdoor Activities to find many opportunities for adults, too. 

business/employment

New Jersey Small Business Development Center
Headquarters: Rutgers Business School, Newark, NJ
973-353-5950
    Eleven full-service regional centers and 27 satellite offices throughout the state offer seminars and free and confidential business counseling for all areas of business operations. To locate a center near you, visit website.

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enrichment, fitness & fun

Adult Schools
         Community adult schools offer a wide variety of interesting courses and workshops for personal enrichment and growth. Brochures are typically mailed to area residents prior to registration in Sept. and Jan. or available online.
The Adult School, 973-443-9222
  Classes in Chatham, Madison, Florham Park, Basking Ridge, Warren and Westfield.
Jointure Child Enrichment & Adult Education, Somerset County, 908-722-0233
• Middlesex Community School, 732-317-6000
• Montclair Adult School, 973-744-0500 x2224
  Department of the Montclair Public Library
Morris Community School, 973-292-2063
• Morris Hills School of Adult and Continuing Education, 973-664-2296
Raritan Valley Community College Continuing Education, 908-526-1200
South Orange Maplewood Adult School, 973-378-7620
Union County College Continuing Education, 908-709-7600

ed2go.com
855-534-3690
    Online courses are offered in partnership with local schools. Subjects include art and design, business, health and fitness and information technology. Find a school near you at Ed2Go online.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum
53 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Township, NJ
973-326-7601
    Adult workshops in horticulture, crafts and cooking demonstrations are offered throughout the year.

Khan Academy
    An extensive library of interactive videos, challenges and assessments cover subjects in math, science, economics, finance, computer programming and humanities. All are available at no charge to students, teachers, parents and anyone interested in learning more.

One Day University
    Stimulating one day seminars in New York, Philadelphia and other U.S. locations are presented by top professors in their field. View and register for upcoming events online.

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading
    Non-profit organization challenges some of the world's most interesting thinkers and doers to present a remarkable talk in 18 minutes or less. The best talks and performances from TED conferences and partners are available for all to view on line for free. New talks are added each week.

The Writers Circle Creative Writing Workshops
Summit, South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, and Morristown, NJ 
973-900-0415 • Email: info@writerscircleworkshops.com
    Weekly creative writing workshops for children and adults. TWC workshops emphasize creativity and imagination as the most productive and enjoyable path to better writing.

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legal assistance

NCJW / Essex Center for Women
70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston, NJ
973-994-4994

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parenting

Adult Schools
         Community adult schools offer a wide variety of interesting courses and workshops for personal enrichment and growth. Brochures are typically mailed to area residents prior to registration in Sept. and Jan. or available online.
The Adult School, 973-443-9222
  Classes in Chatham, Madison, Florham Park, Basking Ridge, Warren and Westfield.
Jointure Child Enrichment & Adult Education, Somerset County, 908-722-0233
• Middlesex Community School, 732-317-6000
• Montclair Adult School, 973-744-0500 x2224
  Department of the Montclair Public Library
Morris Community School, 973-292-2063
• Morris Hills School of Adult and Continuing Education, 973-664-2296
Raritan Valley Community College Continuing Education, 908-526-1200
South Orange Maplewood Adult School, 973-378-7620
Union County College Continuing Education, 908-709-7600

Advocates for Children of New Jersey
35 Halsey St., 2nd floor, Newark, NJ
973-643-3876
    Independent, non-profit organization advocates for children through research of issues, legal analysis and education of policymakers and the public.

American Red Cross
The Red Cross of New Jersey offers CPR, Community First Aid & Safety, grandparenting and other courses. Enter your zipcode on the Red Cross website to find your local chapter.

Atlantic Health System Community Classes & Events
908-522-2946
    Free health and parent education programs on many issues related to pregnancy, infant care, nutrition, families and children are offered year round.

BabyCenter.com
         Online parenting and pregnancy information from experts for new and expectant moms. A member of Johnson & Johnson family of companies.

EmpoweringParents.com
         A website and weekly newsletter offering parenting articles and advice from noted experts on tough problems parents face with their kids.

Hackensack Meridian Health
Ten locations throughout New Jersey
        Visit website link for complete schedule of health and family programs and support groups.

NCJW / Essex Center for Women
70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston
973-994-4994
    A safe and affordable place to go for help when faced with life changes. Self-empowerment classes; Rainbows support groups for children; career planning; legal guidance; computer classes; workshops. All programs nonsectarian. Volunteer opportunities available.

NJParentLink.nj.gov
         New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services website provides information about state services and resources related to early childhood, maternity and family leaves, child care and other parenting issues.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension
    Parenting, child care, nutrition, home and garden information and workshops available.Visit website link for county offices and calendar.

RWJBarnabas Health
Locations throughout New Jersey, 888-724-7123
     Education classes and support groups for new parents, families and those touched by specific illnesses or health issues. Visit website link for current calendar under "Events and Classes."

Summit Health
Locations throughout New Jersey, 908-273-4300
    Free lectures and events offered throughout the year on health, first aid, parenting and fitness topics. Visit website link for current calendar.

Ys
         Check with your local Y for American Heart Association CPR, American Red Cross First Aid and Safety classes and parent workshops offered throughout the year.

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voter and consumer information

Ballotpedia.org
         Online encyclopedia for nonpartisan information about American politics and elections at all levels of government.

Charitynavigator.org
         Provides free information and evaluations of the financial health of over 5,000 charities to help donors make intelligent giving decisions.

Congress.gov
    The Library of Congress site makes federal legislative information available to the public. Its content includes the text of bills, resolutions and treaties, roll call votes, the Congressional Record, committee information, Presidential nominations, historical information, links to government resources and activities and lesson plans for teachers. Find out how current representatives and senators voted on bills, their roles and activities in Congress and how to contact them.

Consumer Affairs Division–New Jersey
800-242-5846
    Before hiring a contractor, consumers can check whether the contractor is registered, has been the subject of consumer complaints and whether Consumer Affairs has taken any action against the contractor via the online database or by calling 800-242-5846.

CouponCabin, RetailMeNot, Savings.com
         Before making an online purchase, check these consolidators of coupon codes submitted by retailers and users for possible discounts.

Factcheck.org
         A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Fact Check monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players by applying the best practices of journalism and scholarship in order to increase public knowledge and understanding.
         PolitiFact
is a similar project of the Tampa Bay Times and partners to help sort out the truth in politics.

Freecycle Network
    Nationwide online recycling movement connects someone who has good items to discard with someone who has a use for them (computers, sports equipment, furniture, appliances and more). Find a local group online.

OnGuardOnline.gov
    Provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help guard against internet fraud, secure computers and protect personal information.

Snopes.com
    Before you forward on those questionable emails and social media posts, check the facts at snopes.com, a reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumor and misinformation.

USA.gov
    Easy-to-navigate website answers your questions about government—forms, jobs, agencies, vital records, benefits, grants, unclaimed money, voting and more.

Vote411.org
    Everything you need to know about upcoming elections including candidate information, ballot measures, voter registration information and polling place locator sponsored by League of Women Voters Education Fund.

VoteSmart.org
888-868-3762
    Website provides citizens access to candidates' voting records, biographical information, issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements and campaign finance information.
        OpenSecrets.org tracks money in U.S. politics through campaign contributions and lobbying data.

WhiteHouse.gov
    Keep tabs on the President, Vice-President and featured legislation at this site. Use GovTrack.us to keep tabs on representatives in Congress or to research pending legislation.

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moms groups/play groups

In addition to the groups below, see listings under Support Groups for more opportunities for mom's time out, support and play groups.

meetup.com
Enter your zipcode at meetup.com, a well-established network of local special interest groups including moms groups and playgroups, to find a group already meeting up or organize a new one.

Holistic Moms Network
    Non-profit organization dedicated to supporting moms with an interest in natural health and holistic parenting. Local chapters have monthly meetings, playgroups and social events. Consult website for local chapters.

MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club
    National support group for at-home mothers holds monthly meetings, playdays, outings, activity groups, babysitting co-ops, mom's night out and more. Visit website to locate your local group or start a new chapter.

Mothers' Center of Central New Jersey
Email: motherscentercnj@gmail.com
    Meets at Garwood Presbyterian Church, 341 Spruce Ave., Garwood. Non-profit, non-sectarian organization founded in 1978 provides friendship, education, outreach and support for parents.

Mothers of Preschoolers Club (MOPS)
    A network of mothers with children ages newborn to six years old offers moms a place where they can connect with other moms and be encouraged, nurtured, and refreshed. Visit the national website to locate a group close to you.

Newcomers Women's Social Groups
         Visit meetup's website link to find women's groups, moms clubs, playgroups and dads groups near you.
Chatham Newcomers’ & Social Club
  FB chatham-newcomers-social-club. Monthly activities for families include bookclub, ladies and couples nights out, seasonal parties, children's play groups, men's pick-up basketball games.
Newcomers’ Club of Cranford
  Open to women who reside in Cranford, Kenilworth or Garwood. Social events for couples, children's playgroups, parties, outings, monthly meetings.
• Glen Rock Newcomers and Neighbors
  Hosts local events, kids activities, volunteer events, more. Open to couples, singles and families.
Newcomers and Neighbors of Morristown and Area
  Open to anyone in the Morristown area. Moms & Tots, bridge, book club and other special interest groups.
Newcomers Club of Mountainside
  Mommy 'n me, ladies' night out, ­couples' activities. Look for Mountainside Newcomers Events on Facebook.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Newcomers' Club
 
Playgroups, community service, parent/child trips, weekend family events and evening outings for men, women and couples. New members always welcome.
• Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Short Hills and Millburn. Social events and family events include playgroups, book groups, wine tasting and women's nights out.
Newcomers and Neighbors of Somerset Hills
 
Moms and tots playgroups, activity and special interest groups, ladies night out and day trips.
Neighbors and Newcomers Club of Watchung Hills
 
Monthly meetings, playgroups, activities for women and couples.
Westfield Welcome Club
 
P.O. Box 852, Westfield, NJ 07090. Open to women in the Westfield area. Children's playgroups, children's parties, ladies' "escape" nights, monthly dinners, community service, couples activities.
Newcomers Club of Westfield
  Playgroups, family holiday parties, Mom's sanity night, field trips, activities for couples, activity groups, monthly dinner meetings.