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Title: An Innovative Community Development Strategy in NJ: The Irvington Family Development Center


1
An Innovative Community Development Strategy in
NJ The Irvington Family Development Center
  • The Honorable Mayor Wayne Smith
  • Ilise Zimmerman, MPH, MS
  • June 1, 2011

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Irvington, NJ
3
Map of Irvington, NJ
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Facts about Irvington
  • 8 of the Essex County population
  • 16 of families with children under 18 live in
    poverty
  • 20 of juveniles in criminal justice system in
    Essex County are Irvington residents
  • 21 violent crimes per 1,000 residents (2nd
    highest in NJ)
  • 46,089 median household income
  • 48 of all families with children under 18 are
    female headed households
  • 86 Black/African American
  • 99 of students are racial minorities

5
Facts about Essex County
  • Size of County 130 sq. mi.
  • Population of County 771,353
  • FOUR CITIES 430,735 (56 of total County)
  • Newark 277,070
  • East Orange 65,785
  • Irvington 56,715
  • Orange 31,165
  • Racial / Ethnic Composition of Essex County
  • White 75
  • Black 12
  • Hispanic 15
  • Racial / Ethnic Composition of FOUR CITIES
  • White 19
  • Black 63
  • Hispanic 24

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WI compared to NJ
  • Irvington is one of the Four Cities of Essex
    County
  • Irvington is often overshadowed by Newark, the
    largest city in the State
  • NJ is about 1/8 the geographic area of WI
  • NJ has about 1.5 times the WI population
  • NJ is most densely populated state in U.S.

7
NJ vs. WI
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Northern NJ Maternal / Child Health Consortium
  • Mission improve health of women and children
  • Independent non-profit corp.
  • Geographically based
  • Budget 6 million
  • Grants 90 revenue
  • Activities
  • Provider consumer education
  • Public health data analysis
  • Advocacy
  • Direct service

9
The Northern Consortium
  • When was the Northern Consortium established?
  • What size agency is it?
  • Where is it located?
  • Who do we serve?
  • Why do we do what we do?
  • How do we measure it?

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  • Licensed by NJDHSS
  • Initial funding
  • baby tax
  • Core Values
  • social justice
  • community involvement
  • Diversity
  • program measurement

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Northern Consortium programs
  • Fetal Infant Mortality Review / QA
  • Regional Education (CMEs CEUs)
  • Health Planning
  • Perinatal Addiction Prevention
  • Postpartum Depression Screening
  • Black Infant Mortality Reduction
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention
  • Health Education for Immigrant Populations
  • Healthy Families
  • Nurse Family Partnership

12
IFDC is a program of the NC
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Irvington Family Development Center
  • 1998 -Grant awarded to the Northern Consortium
    and Healthy Mothers / Healthy Babies of
    Essex
  • -Funding from the NJ Department of Human
    Services -FACES
  • -Started in a local church in Irvington
  • -Moved into a corporate office building- 2003
  • -Designated a Family Success Center- 2007
  • MISSION
  • Reduce Infant Mortality in Irvington
  • Address the limited health and social service
    resources
  • Improve the quality of Childcare Services

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IFDC is a Family Success Center
  • Created by NJ DCF
  • Division of Prevention Community Partnerships
  • Primary secondary child abuse prevention
  • Brings together families, community leaders and
    local agencies to address problems threatening
    the stability of families

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IFDCs status as a FSC
10 Core Services
  • Develop Family Success Plans
  • Housing-related Services
  • Parenting Education
  • Parent/Child Activities
  • Home Visiting
  • Access to health information
  • Economic Self-Sufficiency
  • Information Referral Services
  • Life Skills Training
  • Advocacy

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IFDCs Approach
  • No appointments necessary
  • Flexible office hours (open Thursday evenings)
  • Easily accessible by public transportation
  • Access to residents (close to shopping and
    housing)
  • Office located in a secure, wheelchair accessible
    office building
  • 2 public computer stations available
  • Donations of clothing, baby items, childrens
    books, diapers, toys available
  • Workshop space on-site

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IFDCs staff is attentive to
  • Culture
  • Language
  • Literacy
  • Socio-economic status
  • Sexuality
  • Disability / Chronic Illness
  • Fear

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IFDCs staff is aware of
  • Resources
  • Health
  • Social Services
  • Housing
  • Welfare
  • Residents Needs
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Community Education
  • Resume Writing
  • Employment Training
  • Counseling
  • Encouragement

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IFDCs Program Growth
  • Prenatal and health information
  • Literacy
  • Parenting education
  • Quality childcare
  • Prenatal and health information
  • Literacy
  • Parenting education
  • Quality childcare
  • Child abuse and neglect prevention
  • Fatherhood
  • Economic Self-Sufficiency
  • Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Strengthening Families
  • Community Advisory Boards

1998
2010
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IFDCs Funding Growth
  1. NJ Department of Children and Families
  2. Healthcare Foundation of NJ
  3. NJ Department of Human Services
  4. The Township of Irvington
  5. Schumann Fund for New Jersey
  6. The Turrell Fund
  7. Northern Consortium
  1. NJ Department of Human Services
  2. Healthy Mothers/ Healthy Babies of Essex
  3. Northern Consortium

1998 200,000
2010 1,000,000
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IFDCs Staff
  • Family Success Center
  • MPH _--BA
  • MPA --HS
  • F.E.L.L.A.S. Fatherhood Program of Essex County
  • J.D.
  • BA
  • Play, Grow, and Heal Project
  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Master of Educational Psychology
  • MSW
  • Abbott Family Outreach Program
  • PhD in Clinical Counseling
  • 2 MSWs

22
IFDCs Attributes
  • Family-friendly, neighborhood-based
  • Strengthening families approach
  • Promotes community leadership among families
  • Incorporates the opinions and ideas of families
    in programmatic decision-making process

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IFDCs Resident Reported Highlights
  • Free pregnancy testing
  • Support groups for pregnant and new mothers,
    teens pre-teens
  • Assistance with NJ Family Care applications
  • Personalized job-readiness assistance (resume
    cover letter writing and interviewing skills)
  • Fun, interactive activities for parents and
    children
  • Parent/Community Advisory Board involvement
  • Community events Pregnant Pause Community Baby
    Shower, Irvington Reading Festival, trips to Zoo

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IFDCs Outcomes as a FSC
  • 554 unduplicated families served
  • 847 pregnancy tests 75 positive
  • 94 individuals provided with individual job
    readiness guidance
  • 8-10 community events 400 children, 300 adults
  • 67 women participated in a pregnancy and
    motherhood support group
  • 40 families assisted with NJ Family Care
    applications
  • 145 individuals assisted with housing related
    services

25
F.E.L.L.A.S.
Fathers Empowered to Learn, Lead, and Achieve
Success
  • One of only 2 agencies awarded funding in New
    Jersey
  • IFDCs first county-wide program
  • One of 5 fatherhood programs in the County
  • Comprehensive approach
  • Offered in various locations throughout the
    County
  • No eligibility limitations based on age, income,
    marital status
  • Flexible scheduling

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F.E.L.L.A.S. Fatherhood Program of Essex County
  • Prevent family violence including child abuse and
    neglect by supporting fathers
  • Provide the tools needed to help fathers be
    emotionally, financially, and physically involved
    with their children
  • Support and encourage fathers to be positive,
    active participants in their childs life
  • Support and encourage fathers to communicate
    effectively with the mother of the child

27
F.E.L.L.A.S. Fatherhood Program of Essex County
Services
  • 12-week fatherhood course using evidence-based
    curriculum (24/7 DadTM)
  • Bi-weekly support groups
  • Ongoing individualized support
  • Fatherhood Community Advisory Board

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F.E.L.L.A.S. Fatherhood Program of Essex County
Outcomes
  • 61 fathers enrolled in a 24/7 Dad Course
  • 31 graduated
  • 14 are set to graduate in July
  • 79 fathers participated in a support group
  • Topics included job readiness, leadership skills,
    legal services
  • 75 fathers enrolled in individualized support
  • 44 have accomplished or made progress toward
    goals set
  • 14 individuals participate in Community Advisory
    Board
  • 8 were fathers, 6 were community representatives
  • Suggestions made outreach strategies,
    promotional materials, activities for the
    enrolled fathers

29
Play, Grow, and Heal Project
  • A high violent crime rate, trauma, and poverty in
    Irvington leads to early childhood trauma
  • Only service of its kind in Irvington
  • Began the 3 year pilot program in 2006
  • Expanded to a 4th year (2009-2010)
  • Services are offered at the Center and at the
    childs school
  • Work closely with Daycare and Preschool Center
    Directors, Family Workers, Teachers, Irvington
    CST, PIRT members, and Parents
  • Clinical expertise and support for PGH is
    provided via a contractual relationship with the
    Youth Development Clinic

30
Play, Grow, and Heal Project
Services
  • Classroom observations
  • Parent and teacher consultations
  • Time-limited individual play therapy for children
    ages 2-5
  • Educational workshops for parents
  • Educational trainings for school staff

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Play, Grow, and Heal Project
  • Children are displaying
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • ADHD-related behavior
  • Isolated/withdrawn/ depressed
  • Anxiety

32
Play, Grow, and Heal Project
Outcomes
  • 43 children received therapy (646 treatment
    hours)
  • 1209 children were observed (48 obs hours)
  • 175 staff members were trained (192 staff support
    hours)
  • Topics Identifying Behavioral Red Flags,
    Promoting Positive Behavior in the Classroom,,
    The Power of Play
  • 196 parents attended educational workshops (306
    family support hours
  • Topics Positive Parenting, Promoting Positive
    Behavior at Home, Communication at Home

33
Play, Grow, and Heal Project
Outcomes
  • Decrease in
  • Depression,
  • Anger,
  • Aggression,
  • Bullying,
  • Conduct Problems,
  • Anxiety, and
  • ADHD behaviors

34
Abbott Family Outreach Program
  • 1998 Abbott vs Burke decision
  • State is required to offer all 3 4 year old
    children in the lowest-income school districts
    (now known as the Abbott districts) a
    well-planned, high quality preschool program
  • Objective is to close the learning gap between
    the disadvantaged children and their suburban
    peers

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Abbott Family Outreach Program
Services
  • Abbott staff provide supervision and guidance to
    Family Workers
  • Serve the Irvington, Passaic, and Orange Abbott
    districts
  • 46 Family Workers
  • 20 Abbott Preschools
  • Provide monthly group meetings trainings for
    Abbott Family Workers
  • Provide individual supervision to Family Workers

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Abbott Family Outreach Program
Outcomes
  • 46 Family Workers supervised
  • 1656 individual supervision hours
  • 105 group supervision hours
  • 38 Family Workers supported through Family
    Development Credentialing
  • Trainings offered Child Abuse and Neglect
    Prevention, Cultural Competency, Early Childhood
    Development

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