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“Elmwood Park Takes Action” Parent Leadership Creates Change to Benefit Children in Local Community

ELMWOOD PARK – The Bergen County Council for Young Children (“BCCYC”) has been inspiring parents to be active in their local communities, including Elmwood Park Takes Action (“EPTA”) – a group of parents working to create equal opportunity for the children of Elmwood Park through community education, involvement and advocacy.

The BCCYC is a grant-funded program run by Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus”) Project Coordinator Jenn Loaiza, along with health and wellness community partners. The program started with “Parent Café” events throughout the county as a means for parents and caretakers to come together and begin to address their needs and concerns for raising children.

With time, these events evolved into advocacy groups formed by the parents that were attending. Participants attend local or general council meetings in their community to organize themselves into action.

EPTA has become cohesive in their efforts of improving the quality of life for children and families in their community. By setting SMART goals, utilizing social media, and creating engagement, EPTA is setting an example of what can be accomplished through advocacy and communication.

The group has written a letter to the board of education, attends meetings and are working to involve the parent teacher organization in their efforts.


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