More Summer Camp Resources

The following web resources may assist you in your search for a Summer Camp for your child.

 From the Family Support Center of NJ 

Planning for Camp: Financial Assistance Applications Available
Camp NOVA (for ages 12-28)
August 3-9
Bounce Out the Stigma (for ages 8 -21)
 July 21-25 or August 11-15
Super NOVA (for ages 29+)
September 19-21

Ignoring yesterday’s snow fall and blustery wind, we’d like to think summer is just around the corner! Below you will find application information for camp financial assistance camp from both DDD and DCF.
Please take note of the camps listed to the left, provided by our sister organizations, The Family Resource Network and Epilepsy Foundation of NJ. All are DDD qualified camps (DCF qualification pending). You can find more information about these camps at
Age 20 and Under
Over 21
DCF Summer Camp Resources through PerformCare

The application forms for financial support toward summer camp tuition and one-to-one aide is now available.  Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2014.


List of Qualified Children’s System of Care (CSOC) Camps*


*NOTE FROM PERFORMCARE WEBSITE: The Qualified Camp Provider List is updated as camps become qualified. Due to health certificate requirements, most camps will not be qualified until sometime in April.

DDD’s Guide to Funding for Camp Services
The deadline for submitting requests for DDD camp funding is Monday, May 5th.

List of DDD Qualified Camps*

*The link above will take you to DDD’s database of all qualified providers. To search for qualified camps, choose “Camp” from the provided list of Day Supports Services, then enter the city, county, or zip code you’d like to search in.






The ARC of NJ- Advocates for those with Disabilities


Family Support Center of NJ





An Inclusion Mini-Conference 3-29-14


Dear Families and Educators:

This is a reminder of our Mini-Conference on Inclusion for the North Region,

It will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014  from 9 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. in Newark. There is a safe parking area located on the site.

Please go to the link below to register:

Press here to Register for the Mini-Inclusion Conference

Summer Camp Information For Those WIth Disablities age 21 and Over

The following information is for informational purposes only and is not intended in any way as an endorsement of the services that may be offered or provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities. (DDD)

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), which serves individuals 21 years of age and older, is now accepting requests for assistance with payment for the 2014 summer camp session. Requests must be submitted to your loved one’s case manager or support coordinator by Monday, May 5.
Below is an excerpt from DDD’s “Camp Services” informational document.
“The Division of Developmental Disabilities’ (DDD) Family Support program may be able to offer some assistance with payment for camp. As with all DDD services, funding for camp is based on available resources. Families are encouraged to first seek assistance for paying with camp by contacting local town recreation departments and civic groups, such as the Elks, Shriners, etc.
The deadline for submitting requests for DDD camp funding is the first Monday in May.”
To review the whole document, which includes who is eligible for funding and the procedure on how to apply for camp assistance, please click here.
Please note that children 20 years of age and younger are served by The Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF will soon post its camp application for funding assistance. As soon as that application becomes available online The Family Advocacy Program will send a notice out.

Montclair SEPAC 3-19-14, 7-9 P.M.

Montclair SEPAC invites the greater Montclair community to join in an educational discussion on the topic of  Kids &  Anxiety
Wednesday, March 19th. 7 to 9PM at the George Inness Annex, 141 Park Street, Montclair, N.J. 
A panel of 5 experts will present an overview of:
• How to recognize anxiety in children of all ages
• Explanations of a variety of treatments
• How social, emotional, cultural, and family stressors may contribute to anxiety
Panelists and attendees will then break into smaller groups for Q and A.  Join us at this important event; together we can gain insight on how to help our kids in an evermore stressful world. We look forward to seeing you there! 


Carrie Spindel Bashoff, PsyD  is a clinical psychologist at the NYU Child Study Center who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.

Peter Della Bella, M.D.  is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine with private practice offices in Montclair and Manhattan. He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults cross- culturally, internationally, and within special populations. He has served as the Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director for the YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities and has lectured widely within the medical community and the general public. He’s at
Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco, Ph.D. specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults. She is the Assistant Director of the Rutgers Anxiety Disorders Clinic and has a private practice in Millburn.
Kevin Fried, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who works with children, teens and adults. He has a private practice in Montclair. He is a supervisor for students in the Rutgers Clinical Psychology program and the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology. He is also a consultant for Children’s Aid and Family Services and other agencies who provide services to children in the foster care system. 

 David P. Steinke, Ph.D. is a State and Nationally Certified School Psychologist who utilizes cognitive behavioral techniques in both his school and private work. He has worked at Montclair High School for the past nine years. 

The George Inness Annex is across Park Street from Montclair High School. Parking is available in the lot behind the building, on North Fullerton Avenue just north of Chestnut Street. Meeting will be in Cafeteria/Atrium next to the parking lot.
All are welcome!
 Child Care Will Be Provided*
*Due to potential food allergies, we request that no food be brought into the child care room.  Thank you!


Children Foundation Conference, 5-9-14 @ Montclair State University

The Power of Formative Experiences:
What We Need to Learn and Experience to be Healthy Caregivers

Friday, May 9, 2014
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Montclair State University
University Hall Conference Center
Co-sponsored by:
The Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health (CAECMH),<>
Children’s Aid and Family Services, Inc.,<> New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health<>, West Bergen Mental Healthcare<>, and Youth Consultation Service<>

Dr. Cynthia J. Ewell Foster, Director
University Center for the Child and the Family, University of Michigan
Connectedness to Family, School, and Community: Long-term Perspectives on Protecting Our Youth
Dr. J. Kevin Nugent
Brazelton Institute,
University of Massachusetts
Harvard University
What Infants Can Teach us about Human Development
Gerard Costa, Ph.D., Director
Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University
How to Form the Capacities for Empathy and Care in Our Helpers

Call  973-655-6685 with any questions.

Montclair University Presents A Conversation With Dr. June Moss Handler, 4-15-14

A Conversation with

Dr. June Moss Handler

Interviewed by

Dr. Arlene Martin

Executive Director, PINJ

 April 15, 2014,  2:30 – 4:30 PM 

Montclair State University University Hall – 1020

For more than four decades, Dr. Handler dedicated her life to best practices in infant and early childhood care and education.  As Professor Emerita in Early Childhood Education at Kean University, she educated generations of leaders in the field. She is the primary Co-Founder of CITE – the Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators. An authentic social activist, she convinced Crayola to change their “flesh” color to “peach” – because skin is of many colors!  Through her infectious hope, magic and excitement to see beyond the horizon, and her insistence that infants and toddlers be recognized as unique members of society, she has given a voice to those who have none. Her book, Infants and Toddlers as Members, Makers, Interpreters: A Philosophical Journey, remains a record of the deepest respect and insights about infants and young children.