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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, 973-353-5950. Eleven full-service regional centers and 27 satellite offices throughout the state offer free and confidential business counseling for all areas of business operations.
Raritan Valley Community College @ Bridgewater
 14 Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, 908-526-1200 ext. 8516

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

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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.
County College of Morris Enrichment, 214 Center Grove Rd., Randolph,
  973-328-5187.
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.

The Fountain of Youth Spa
438 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922, 908-464-6414. Email antoninamemoli@optimum.net. We offer the "holistic approach" to skin care, beauty and wellness. Services include: organic facials, foot detox spa, organic waxing, ear candling, children's spa birthday parties and more. Call today to receive 50% off on your first organic facial or child's birthday party.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum
53 E. Hanover Ave. (Rt. 511), Morris Township, 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.

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

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.

Palermo Show Stable
1555 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-719-7500. Info@
palermoshowstable.com. Tues.-Sun. 8am-1pm, 3-6pm, after hours by appointment only. Horseback riding lessons, ages 6 to 65, beginner to advanced. Summer day camps, ages 6 to 16 and youth camp ages 3-5. Winter and Holiday Camps also available. Boarding, training, showing, horse sales and leases, and monthly horse shows. Please contact us to sign up for your FREE introductory lesson, as well as information on Summer, Winter and Holiday Camps!

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.

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Cocktails & Canvas
68 Elm St., Summit, 908-273-9121. Visit website for upcoming dates for adult evenings of painting and wine with experienced art instructor. Contemporary art exhibitions; film screenings; classes for all ages and abilities; art educator programs; art road trips.
Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 23

The Writers Circle Creative Writing Workshops
Locations in Summit, South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, and Morristown, NJ, 973-900-0415, 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, 973-994-4994. See ad and listing under Parent Education. We offer a safe and affordable place to go for help when faced with life changes. Provides clients with a confidential consultation with an attorney to discuss how best to approach their legal concerns. All programs nonsectarian. Volunteer opportunities available.

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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.
County College of Morris Enrichment, 214 Center Grove Rd., Randolph,
  973-328-5187.
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, 973-643-3876. Independent, non-profit organization advocates for children through research of issues, legal analysis and education of policymakers and the public. The Kid Law website provides online information on current children's issues and the law.

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.
American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Chapter
 
707 Alexander Rd., Suite 101, Princeton, 609-951-8550.
  Additional location: 14 W. Cliff St., Somerville.
American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Chapter
  209 Fairfield Rd., Fairfield, 973-797-3300. Additional locations: Jersey City,   Montclair, Newton, Nutley, Paterson, and Ridgewood.
New Jersey Crossroads Chapter
  695 Springfield Ave., Summit, 908-273-2076.
  Additional locations: 115 Greenwich St., Belvidere;
  389 Millburn Ave., Millburn; 321 Elm St., Westfield.
American Red Cross of Jersey Coast Chapter
  1540 West Park Ave., Tinton Falls, 732-493-9100.
  Satellite Office: 201 Hooper Ave., Toms River, 732-348-2131.
Southern Shore Chapter
  850 North Franklin Blvd., Pleasantville, 609-646-8330.
Southwestern New Jersey Chapter
  5425 Rt. 70 West, Pennsauken, 856-356-7100.

Atlantic Health System Community Classes & Events
1-800-247-9580; 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. Visit website to access calendar.

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.

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

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
One Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, 732-828-3000; Somerset Medical Center, 110 Rehill Ave., Somerville, 908-685-2200. Seminars, classes, support groups and screenings offered for all ages. Moms support group, Baby Basics, breastfeeding, sibling preparation and childbirth preparation classes. New parent class offered monthly at RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center, 888-637-9584.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Parenting newsletter and workshops available through county extension offices.
Essex County
  621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland, NJ, 973-228-3785
Hunterdon County
  6 Gaunt Pl., Bldg. 2, Flemington, NJ, 908-788-1340
Morris County
  County Bldg. 550, West Hanover Ave., Morristown, NJ, 973-285-8300
Somerset County
  310 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater, NJ, 908-526-6644
Union County
  300 North Ave. East, Westfield, NJ, 908-654-9854

RWJBarnabas Health
95 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston, 973-322-5360. Education classes and support groups for new parents, families and those touched by specific illnesses or health issues. Visit website for current calendar.

Summit Medical Group
1 Diamond Hill Rd., Berkeley Heights, 908-277-8889. Free lectures and events offered throughout the year on health, first aid, parenting and fitness topics.

Yale Parenting Center
203-432-9993. Research-based parenting strategies and programs are offered through newsletters, webinars and individual online counseling.

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

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

Consumer Affairs Division–New Jersey
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. Retailmenot provides a coupon code without direct link to vendor website. Visit Coupons.com for printable grocery coupons.

Factcheck.org
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, factcheck.org 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). To find a local group, visit Freecycle website.

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, the Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumor and misinformation.

Thomas.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.

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
1-888-868-3762. 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
PO Box 408, Caldwell, NJ 07006, 877-HOL-MOMS. info@holisticmoms.org. Consult website for local chapters. 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.

Metropolitan Speech & Language Center
66 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston. 973-994-4468. Lillian Dollinger, MA, CCC-SLP, Director, NJ License: 41YS00083500. Email: therapy@metspeechnj.com. Social skills groups, Mommy & Me classes, group speech and OT.

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 national website to locate your local group or start a new chapter.

Morristown Moms and Tots and More
A subset of the Burnham Park Association, group members plan playdates, nature walks, moms night out, day with dad, dads night out and field trips.

Mothers' Center of Central New Jersey
P.O. Box 294, Cranford, NJ 07016, 908-514-8693. Email: motherscentercnj@gmail.com. Meets at Garwood Presby­terian Church, 341 Spruce Ave., Garwood, during school year and at Roselle Community Center during summer. 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.
• Montclair
  Montclair Community Church, monthly meetings

Newcomers Clubs/Welcome Wagon
Consult website link above for a directory of Newcomers Clubs, women's groups, moms clubs and dads organizations throughout New Jersey and nationwide.
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 & Neighbors
  Hosts local events, kids activities, volunteer events, more. Open to couples, singles & families.
Hillsborough Montgomery Welcomer’s Club
  Open to all women residing in Hillsborough and Montgomery.
Welcome Wagon Club of Madison and Florham Park
  Playgroups, babysitting co-op, social activities, special interest groups. For information visit Madison or Florham Park town website.
Newcomers & Neighbors of Morristown & 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.
Newcomers and Neighbors’ Club of Randolph
  Playgroups, coffees, bookclubs, babysitting co-op as well as ladies social clubs, dinner clubs, community service projects and family events. Find info at meetup.com.
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.
• South Orange and Maplewood
 
Box 1220, Maplewood, NJ 07040. General meeting 7:45pm 1st Wed. Sept.-June at Morrow Memorial Methodist Church, Maplewood. Groups include wine experience, board games, children's playgroups, book discussion, men's poker, international night and more.
Newcomers Club of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights
  
Moms and Tots outings, playgroups, babysitting co-ops, tennis, bridge, men's and ladies' night out, book groups, couples dinners.
Neighbors & Newcomers Club of Watchung Hills
 
Monthly meetings, playgroups, activities for women and couples.
Westfield Welcome Club
 
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.