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Empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education,
health, and mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth.

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SPAN is involved in a variety of key activities, including:

Building Bridges to Success: Parent Training & Information (PTI) Center  |  Helping families work together with professionals across the systems that serve children

New Jersey Inclusive Child Care Project (NJICCP)  |  Including children with disabilities in typical early childhood settings

Special Education Volunteer Advocates (SEVA)  |  Increasing the number of underserved families who can be provided with in-person support

Transition from School to Adult Life  |  Graduation, secondary education, employment & independent living

Community of Care Consortium  |  For children with special health care needs

Empowering Women in Community Leadership for Healthier Families  |  To reduce the risk of FAS/FASD & lead poisoning

Family to Family Health Information Center @ Family Voices-NJ  |  Keeping families at the center of children’s healthcare

Family WRAP  |  Wisdom, resources, advocacy, parent to parent support

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health NJ State Organization (NJ FFCMH)  |  Children’s mental health matters

NJ Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NJLEND)  |  Preparing the next generation of health and allied health leaders to address the needs of children and young adults

Parents as Champions for Healthy Schools  |  Helping to promote student success

Sister to Sister Community Doulas of Essex County  |  Connecting Essex County’s underserved women and men to community doula supports

Special Education Parent Advisory Groups  |  Supporting parents and community members to collaborate with districts on critical issues relating to students with disabilities

Youth in the Know  |  Nothing about us without us!

Child Welfare Family Advocacy Program  |  In-court support for parents involved with child protective services

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Mentoring & Family Engagement Project  |  Supporting deaf/hard of hearing children and their families

Education & Health Rights of Children and Youth with Special Needs in Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice  |  Helping families work together with professionals across the systems that serve children

Essex County Family Council & Grandmothers as Caregivers  |  Strong, powerful, unified families and compassionate, understanding professionals

Military Family Support 360 Center  |  Assisting active duty and retired military, national guard, and reserve personnel throughout NJ with infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities

NJ’s Early Childhood Initiatives  |  Celebrating children’s development & improving early identification

NJ Statewide Parent to Parent (NJP2P)  |  Parents helping parents…it’s a simple concept that works!

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