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Welcome to the NJ Resiliency Coalition Community!

This online community is a place where people living and working in New Jersey can come together to help prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and create a healthier, happier state. This public online learning group was created by the NJ ACEs Collaborative , the newly established Office of Resilience , the Center for Health Care Strategies , and the New Jersey Education Association — but it is made stronger by the involvement and active participation of all New Jerseyans! Our mission...

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How Parents Can Find Their Strength and Resilience

Trusting in your wisdom, your community, and your bond with your children can help parents in challenging circumstances. BY EDEN PONTZ | SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 Parents who are dealing with issues such as violence, substance abuse, and food or financial insecurity often feel blamed, shamed, and judged by society. Even well-meaning initiatives designed to help them often focus solely on the problems and challenges they are facing, as if that were the whole of their story. But a new group of...

New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference 2021

We’re back! The 2021 NJAEYC Annual Conference is scheduled for October 21 at the Hilton Meadowlands, New Jersey. We are changing the conference to one day this year and still plan on reaching as many early childhood educators as possible. The theme of this year’s conference is The Comeback Conference 2021. For additional information contact Helen Muscato, Conference Coordinator at (732) 329-0033 or online at Are you a student? Click here to apply to be an Annual Conference...

I Will Never Forget That I Could Have Lived With People Who Loved Me

By Sixto Cancel Mr. Cancel is the founder of an organization dedicated to changing foster care in America. When I was 15, an usher at my church offered to become my foster parent. Hers was one of the best foster homes I lived in. But she wanted a son. It was more than I was able to give. I had been in foster care since I was 11 months old because of my mother’s drug addiction and poverty. Adopted at age 9 by a racist and abusive woman, I was locked out of the house at age 13. For two years,...

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