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Welcome to the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network

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

SPAN’s individual assistance, workshops, and resources are available in languages other than English.

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What SPAN Offers

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!