New Jersey Cares for Kids Child Care Certificate Program

New Jersey Cares for Kids Child Care Certificate Program

Bergen County Department of Human Services Office for Children

Providing Child Care Resources and Referrals Since 1980

One Bergen County Plaza 2nd Floor

Hackensack, NJ  07601-7076

Phone: (201) 336-7150

Fax: (201) 336-7155

http://www.co.bergen.nj.us

ofc@co.bergen.nj.us

Applying for NJCK:

  1. The first step is to submit an application to the Office for Children. If you need an application, call the Office at (201) 336-7150 and request that an application be mailed to you.
  2. Original documentation of income and/or education/training must be provided.
  3. You will receive a written acknowledgement when your application is received.
  4. If additional information is needed, you will be notified in writing.
  5. When your application is complete, you will be advised in writing of your eligibility to receive subsidy.
  6. If you are eligible, you may be put on a waiting list until funds are available.

 

Using the NJCK Child Care Subsidy:

When you have been notified that you are eligible for subsidy and funds are available, this is what to expect:

*You will receive a welcome letter and a form that must be completed and returned by the stated due date to notify the Office for Children of your choice of provider.

*When your provider has been approved, you and the provider will receive a Parent/Applicant Provider Agreement (PAPA)  with details of the child care payments that have been authorized.

*Your co-payment amount will be stated on the PAPA. You will make this payment to the child care provider and the Office for Children will pay the balance of the approved rate. Failure to make your co-payment can result in termination of your child care subsidy.

*You must notify the Office for Children promptly of any changes in family size, address, income, work/school information, child care provider or hours of care.

*Eligibility for child care subsidy will be redetermined each year.

Will the NJCK Program pay my child care provider?

The following types of providers are eligible to receive payment:

*A New Jersey licensed child care center.

*A registered family child care provider

*A New Jersey licensed or regulated after school program.

*A licensed or regulated summer camp

*A FFN provider (relative or friend of the family who is at least 18 years old; the home where the care is provided must pass an inspection by Office for Children).

How much will the NJCK Program pay?

There is a maximum state subsidy rate that varies according to the type of provider, age of the child and hours of care. Your PAPA will clearly state the rate for your subsidy and the portion (co-payment) of the rate that will be paid to you.

Ask your provider about fees. The provider may charge you additional fees if the provider’s usual fee is more than the state rate. Additional fees are not part of the co- payment. Arrangements for payment of additional fees are between the parent and provider and do not affect the parent’s edibility for or receipt of subsidy.

If your provider charges additional fees, ask for a written statement detailing these fees and keep careful records of all payments you make for your co-payment and additional fees.

The NJCK program does not pay registration fees. Office of Children (201) 336-7150.

Choosing Child Care:

If you need to find child care, the Office for Children can assist you. Finding the best child care arrangement for your family takes time and effort and we are here to help by providing the tools you need. These are some of the steps to take:

*As soon as you know you may need child care, call the Office for Children at (201) 336-7150. We are open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm.

*Discuss your child care needs with an Early Childhood Specialist, who will review the different types of care available.

*You will receive referrals to regulated child care providers in your area and information about important things to look for when selecting child care.

*Visit several providers with your child before making a decision.

* Choose the provider who meets your needs. We will continue to assist your until you find the right provider for your child.

*Consider how long the child care arrangement will meet your family’s needs. Changing child care providers is hard for children and their parents. Try to choose child care that will work now and in the future.

What is NJCK?

The New Jersey Cares for Kids (NJCK) Child Care Certificate Program subsidizes child care costs for low and moderate-income families.

*It is administered by state-designated Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (CCR&R’s) within the framework of state and federal laws and regulations.

*The Office for Children is the CCR&R for Bergen County.

*Receipt of subsidy is dependent on eligibility and availability of funds.

*Families contribute to the cost of child care by making a co-payment, which is based on family size and household income.

*Eligible child care costs include before and after school care, full-time or part-time care and summer care.

Who is Eligible?

*The family’s gross annual income cannot exceed the maximum set by the state of NJ for the family size.

*All adults in the household must be working or in school full time with limited exceptions specified by the state of NJ.

*Children under the age of 13 are eligible. Children with special needs are eligible until age 19.

One Bergen County Plaza, 2nd Floor

Hackensack, NJ  07601

(201) 336-7150

(800) 332-9227

Office for Children: Providing child care resources & referrals since 1980.

The mission of the Bergen County Office for Children is to strengthen and coordinate child care services for families and child care providers, focusing on the availability, affordability and the quality of early care and education.

Child Care Resources and Referral services for families:

*Information on quality child care options.

*Free, confidential referrals to child care programs in Bergen County.

Helping Paying for Child Care:

*Work First New Jersey and New Jersey Cares for Kids (NJCK) child care subsidy programs assist low-income families with child care expenses.

Professional Development and Technical Assistance services for providers:

*Professional development workshops, conferences and informational mailings.

*Video and book lending library.

*Technical assistance about creating and operating  child care programs.

Family child care registration:

*Training, home inspection, monitoring and technical assistance for family child care providers.

Disclaimers: This information was taken form the New Jersey Cares for Kids Child Care Certificate Program pamphlet. If you need any information on this program, please call the above numbers.

 

 

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Move Well Today: Diabetes Exercise Program

Move Well Today: Diabetes Exercise Program

Join us for our brand new MoveWell Today Diabetes Exercise Program. It is an incentive based program with proven results of lowering participants AIC levels and getting blood sugar back on track. The program meets twice a week in a small group setting for exercise and education. It is suitable for individuals who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that want to work at eliminating their risk or diagnosis.

What you will get from the program:

*Pre and post-exercise glucose checks each class.

*Pre and post-program A1C checks with proven decrease EVERY session.

*Individualized member orientation, fitness testing and 12 week cardio and resistance training exercise program from a Certified Diabetes Exercise Specialist.

Begins: Monday, February 4th, 2019

Sessions:

Morning: Monday & Wednesday 9:45am-11:00am

Evening: Monday & Wednesday 5:45pm-7:00pm

Cost: Members: $99.00 Non-Members $149.00

Location: Meadowlands YMCA, 390 Murray Hill Parkway, East Rutherford

Brought to you in part by a generous grant from Provident Back Foundation.

For questions or more info contact Michelle Moore at (201) 955-5300 or Mmoore@MeadowlandYMCA.org.

Measurable Progress: Unlimited Support: YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Meadowlands YMCA

East Rutherford, NJ  07073

If you’ve at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life.

Change is tough-we can help.

Program Features:

*16 weekly sessions, then 9 follow-up sessions.

*A group that offers motivation and support.

*Generous scholarships available!

Register Today: New Class Starting Soon

Beginning March 7th

Thursdays-7:00pm-8:00pm

Contact:

Wellness Director, Michelle Moore at mmoore@meadowlandsymca.org

(201) 955-5300 x252

Every 2.2 pounds of weight lost=Reduced risk of diabetes by 13%

Disclaimer: This information comes directly from the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above number for more information.

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Delay the Disease: The #1 Parkinson’s Exercise Program

Delay the Disease: the #1 Parkinson’s Exercise Program

Valley Health Lifestyles now offers group exercise for People with Parkinson’s. ‘Delay the Disease’ is an evidenced-based fitness program designed to empower those living with Parkinson’s disease by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms.

This 8 week program will take place every Wednesday at 1:00pm February 6th-March 27th, 2019.

Valley Health & Wellness Center

1400 MacArthur Boulevard

Mahwah, NJ  07430

Lifestyles Members: $100.00 Non-Lifestyles Members: $150.00

To register: Call Lara Vajas at (201) 316-8434

Valley Health Lifestyles

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Delay the Disease pamphlet from Valley Health Lifestyles and I give them full credit.

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Gambling and Seniors: Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ Inc.

Gambling and Seniors: Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ Inc.

Support, Treatment & Hope

Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ

800-GAMBLER

 

Why do Seniors Gamble?

*Enjoyable recreation

*Spend time with friends

*Excitement

*Pass the time

However, some also gamble to…

*Numb pain or chronic health issues

*Help from problems

*Escape boredom or loneliness

*Escape lifestyle changes such as loss of spouse, divorce or retirement

*Distract themselves from  anxiety

Quick Facts:

*Most senior gamblers are “escape” gamblers

*5-10% of senior gamblers will become addicted

*Over two-thirds of Atlantic City’s revenue comes from senior gamblers (50andbeyond.com)

*Seniors typically prefer slots and bingo to faster paced games

The 3 Phase Progression:

  1. The Winning Phase: Gambling is fun, a temporary escape and losses are considered ‘Bad Luck’
  2. The Losing Phase: Borrows money to get even, lies escalate and withdrawal increases.
  3. The Desperation Phase: Occurs when the senior gambler becomes obsessed with obtaining money to cover losses. Severe mood swings, arguments, failing health and possible criminal activity. Suicide is contemplated as one last escape.

Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ 800-GAMBLER

Warning Signs:

*Preoccupation

*Borrowing Money

*Selling personal items

*Irritability, Restlessness, Withdrawal

*Delay payment of bills

*Loss of pension of bills

*Loss of Social Security benefits

*Neglecting household duties

*Decline in personal hygiene

*Decline in health

*Alienation from family and friends

*Inability to cut back or stop gambling

*Extreme guilt or shame

*Disappear for extended periods of time

*Suicidal thoughts

Contact Us:

Council on Compulsive Gambling NJ

3635 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 7

Hamilton, NJ  08619

Call or Text 1-800-GAMBLER

Visit us on the Web: http://www.800gambler.org

Support, Treatment & Hope

800-GAMBLER

Mission Statement:

The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey Inc (Council) is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 organization composed of concerned individuals from diverse backgrounds. The group’s primary purpose is to represent the best interest of compulsive gamblers and their families, recognizing that compulsive gambling is a treatable illness.

The Council focuses on educating the general public, training professionals throughout the state, referring compulsive gamblers and their families to treatment and advocating for increased treatment services for compulsive gamblers and their families.

How to find help for a problem gambler:

Call for help 24 hours per day. 7 days per week-800-GAMBLER and speak with a gambling helpline staff member (All calls are confidential).

Send text to “1-800-GAMBLER”

Visit http://www.800gambler.org for information, resources or live chat

Attend a Gamblers Anonymous (GA) or Gam-Anon meeting in your area; meeting locations, times and dates can be found by calling 800-GAMBLER or by visiting our website at http://www.800gambler.org.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Council on Compulsive Gambling NJ pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above numbers for more information.

 

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Fantasy Sports and Gambling: Council on Compulsive of NJ Inc.

Fantasy Sports and Gambling: Council on Compulsive of NJ Inc.

Fantasy Sports and Gambling: Support, Treatment & Hope

800-GAMBLER

Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ

Fantasy Sports:

Quick Facts:

*Over 56 million participants in North America in 2015.

*70% are males with a College Degree or more

*Average age 18-39

*Number of participants have doubled over the past 7 years.

*Daily Fantasy Sites (DFS) are the emerging trend.

*NOT considered gambling according to 2006 Federal ruling but…

*47% play for money.

*Often considered the “Gateway” drug to Sports Gambling.

*Fantasy sites are designed to replicate the look and feel of sports betting websites.

Sports Gambling Quick Facts:

*Over 118 million Americans gambled on sports (ESPN 2008).

*67% of all college students bet on sports (NCPG-North America)

*44% of 12th grade males reported wagering on sports at least once (NCPS-North America)

*Sports betting is the popular form of gambling among youth 14-22 years of age (NCPG-North America)

Risk Factors:

*Male, Athlete, age 18-24

*Substance use/abuse

*Family history of addiction

*Belief in own skill/luck

*Misperception of adds

*Easy access to money

*Early start…Early win

Warning Signs:

*Preoccupation

*Borrowing Money

*Selling personal items

*Irritability, Restlessness and Withdrawal

*Need for action and excitement

*Defensive attitude

*Competitive personality

*Alienation from family and friends

*Inability to cut back or stop gambling

*Lying to friends and family about gambling

*Risk-taking behaviors

*Thinking about or committing an illegal act to finance your gambling

*Suicidal thoughts

Contact us:

Council on Compulsive Gambling NJ

3635 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 7

Hamilton, NJ  08619

800-GAMBLER

Text ‘800GAMBLER’ to 53342

Support, Treatment & Hope

Mission Statement:

The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey Inc. (Council) is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 organization composed of concerned individuals from  diverse backgrounds. The group’s primary purpose is to represent the best interest of compulsive gamblers and their families, recognizing that compulsive gambling is a treatable illness.

The Council focuses on educating the general public, training professionals throughout the state, referring compulsive gamblers and their families to treatment and advocating for increased treatment services for compulsive gamblers and their families.

How to find help for a problem gambler:

Call for help 24 hours per day, 7 days per week-800-GAMBLER and speak with a gambling helpline staff member (All call are confidential).

Text ‘800GAMBLER’ to 53342.

Visit http://www.800gambler.org for information resources or live chat

Attend a Gamblers Anonymous (GA) or Gam-Anon meeting in your area; meeting locations, times and dates can be found by calling 800-GAMBLER or by visiting our website at http://www.800gambler.org.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information.

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Ace Program: Adolescent Career Exploration

Ace Program: Adolescent Career Exploration

North Jersey Friendship House

355 Main Street

Hackensack, NJ  07601

Phone: (201) 488-2121

http://www.njfriendshiphouse.org

*Completely funded by NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS).

*No cost to student or school.

*Classes held at the Bergen Community.

*College campus in Hackensack.

About the Program:

North Jersey Friendship House’s Adolescent Career Exploration (ACE) project will enable students with disabilities, 16 years and older, to gain a better understanding of employment options and post-secondary education opportunities. ACE will facilitate a greater awareness of personal career interests and aptitudes and will foster an improved transition planning process.

*Completely funded by the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) with no cost to school or student.

*Participants must be DVRS clients; NJFH will help facilitate with application to DVRS if necessary.

*Target Population is area high school students with any type of disability.

*Classes conveniently held at the Bergen Community College (BCC) Campus in Hackensack.

*ACE will help to ensure a seamless transition to adult services, education and training and/or competitive employment upon completion.

*There are three phases to the project which are Career Exploration/Workforce Readiness, Work Based Learning and Internships.

Phase One: Career Exploration/Workforce Readiness

Students will initially participate in a 13 weeks in-house program which includes:

*A highly individualized approach to career interest and aptitude exploration.

*Field trips to employment sites.

*Job Shadowing/Jobs Sampling

*Site visits to local universities, colleges and trade schools.

*Peer mentors to assist students with developing leadership and advocacy skills.

Phase Two-Work Based Learning:

*Following the initial 13 week period, staff will arrange for work-based learning experiences at competitive integrated job sites which align with each student’s interest and skills. Most students will participate at a single job site, others may benefit from participation at multiple sites.

*Students will spend 25 to 40 hours at job sites and will be trained and supervised by project Job Coaches.

Phase Three-Internships (if required):

Some students will benefit from longer term paid internship opportunities:

*Internships will be capped at 5 hours a week for a maximum of 10 weeks.

*Students will receive an internship stipend of $9.00 per hour.

*Job Coaches will assist with acclimating students to the internship and will gradually fade as natural supports are developed.

It is anticipated that some internships may lead to summer jobs or part-time competitive integrated employment at the internship site or with similar employers.

At the end of the initial 13 weeks, if the project coordinator, DVRS and the parents/guardians determine it will be more beneficial than participation in work-based training or an internship, students will have the opportunity to begin an employment search with the assistance of the Job Coach.

North Jersey Friendship House

125 Atlantic Street

Hackensack, NJ  07601

Phone: (201) 488-2121

Fax: (201) 488-4157

http://www.njfriendshiphouse.org

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the ACE Program pamphlet directly and are given full credit for the information.  Please call them at their numbers for more information.

 

 

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NJ Safe & Sound: Think for Yourself: Outsmarting Mind-Hackers

NJ Safe & Sound: Think for Yourself: Outsmarting Mind-Hackers

Just as hacker takes over a computer to deny users access to crucial networks, a mind-hacker uses undue influence to override your critical thinking skills, isolate you from your support network and gain control over how you make decisions about your life.

A mind-hacker can be a person or a group. They might “love bomb” you with excessive attention and affection, say that only they can help you with your problems, promise you things you really want or claim to be your soul mate. They’s insist on constant communication or meeting that leave no time for family, friends or hobbies. They’ll convince you to hang out only with them and before you know it, you’ve cut off everyone else.

Here’s how to block mind-hackers:

*Back Up & Reboot: You need to have control of your own time and the freedom to fact-check what you’ve been told with independent sources. Take a break before making any major decision. There’s no way of knowing if your mind is being hacked without spending time away from the possible mind-hacker and learning how undue influence works.

*Rely on your Network: Talk to friends, family, and mentors you’ve always trusted. Get their input on any new advice you’ve getting, without pressure from the possible mind-hacker use is to tell you not to tell anyone else about your conversations with them. If you think you’re in danger or a crime is being committed, contact the police.

*Go Low-Tech: If you feel you’re being over-whelmed or bullied via phone or social media, write down what you’re being told and take time to think it over when you’re not flooded with emotion. If the person or group is pressuring you for contact, it’s OK to limit your replies or even to unplug for a while.

*Filter Out Viruses: Predators, con artists and terrorists can appear innocuous and even friendly at first to disguise their dangerous intent. Be suspicious when people you hardly know want to talk in depth with you about your philosophy, psychology, spirituality, self-help program or “sure thing’ business opportunities.

*Use Privacy Protection: Don’t discuss personal matters, finances, medical history or that of your family with someone you’ve known for only a short time. Mind-hackers will scan for vulnerabilities, using the information you share to their advantage.

*Set Up a Firewall: Knowledge protects. Learn about undue influence and how mind hackers work. Set personal boundaries. If you let a mind-hacker in, you risk them alienating you from your loved ones, pressuring you into giving them things that are important to you and even corrupting your memories so you see things the way they do.

The Spectrum of Influence:

Recognize and avoid manipulation tactics that short-circuit you ability to think critically, isolate you from objective sources of information, take control of your decision making, destroy healthy connections and trap you in exploitative relationships.

*Safe to Continue: Ethical Influence

*Nurtures your independence

*Respects your other relationship

*Encourages access to information

*Leaves you in control of your choices

*Caution: Early signs of Mind-Hacking

*Disregards your personal boundaries

*Pressures your thoughts, feelings and behavior

*Begins to isolate you

*Leaves you feeling confused

Danger: Under Influence

*Fuels fears

*Controls your time and keeps you isolated from others

*Demands unquestioning commitment

*Leaves you obligated to get permission before making decisions

For more information, go to njsafeandsound.org and facebook.com/njsafeandsound

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the NJ Safe & Sound pamphlet and I give them full credit for it. Please call or email them at the above numbers for more information.

 

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