Monday, February 19, 2024

Family Fun Nights Focus on March Holidays


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Parents who are looking for affordable ways to entertain the kids are invited to check out the free Family Fun Nights hosted by Project Self-Sufficiency on Thursday evenings in March, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., 127 Mill Street, Newton.  Families are invited to enjoy games, activities, and crafts with a focus on March holidays, including St. Patrick’s Day, March 7th, 14th and 28th.  A special event to highlight the coming of spring will be held on March 21st.  Dinner will be provided for all participants.  Advance registration is encouraged by calling Project Self-Sufficiency, 973-940-3500. Family Fun Nights are a program of the Journey Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency.


“These weekly Family Fun Nights offer parents and children a place to relax and have a good time together in a safe and supportive environment,” explains Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon. “The focus on spring holidays invites children to express themselves creatively through fun crafts and activities while having fun with their family.”

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Free Workshops Address Common Parenting Challenges, Anger Management


free parenting classes

Parents and caregivers are invited to attend free workshops designed to offer practical strategies for common parenting challenges, including anger management, positive discipline, handling disobedience, and promoting resiliency.  Workshops will be offered at Project Self-Sufficiency and at locations throughout Sussex County, as well as online.  Pizza and childcare will be available to attendees at all in-person sessions. Those who attend two of the in-person workshops will receive a $25 gift card; attendees at three events will receive a $50 gift card.  


“The Power of Positive Parenting” will be held Wednesday, March 6th, 5:30 p.m., at Project Self-Sufficiency, and Tuesday, April 16th, 5:00 p.m., at the Garden Grove Preschool in Sparta, and Wednesday, April 17th, 7:00 p.m., at Hardyston Middle School.


“Raising Resilient Children” will be offered Wednesday, March 13th, 5:30 p.m., at Project Self-Sufficiency.


“Raising Confident, Competent Children” will take place on Monday, March 18th, 5:00 p.m., at Montague Township School, Wednesday, March 20th, 5:30 p.m., at Project Self-Sufficiency, and Tuesday, March 26th, 6:00 p.m., at the Durban Avenue School in Hopatcong.


A weekly parenting discussion class will be held at Project Self-Sufficiency at 5:30 p.m., April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 23rd.


For those unable to attend in-person workshops, “Raising Safe Kids” will be offered via Zoom on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m., beginning April 9th. A certificate of completion is available for the virtual series.


The in-person workshops will help participants identify their parenting goals, address behavioral problems, and promote healthy child development by using the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, a comprehensive education initiative targeted to parents, healthcare professionals, educators, and caregivers of infants, toddlers, and school-aged children.  The virtual series uses the ACT Parents Raising Safe Kids curriculum developed by the American Psychological Association to develop effective parenting skills and prevent behavioral issues and violence.


“These workshops will give parents, caregivers, and educators simple and practical strategies to help build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage children’s behavior, manage their own anger, and ultimately prevent problems from developing,” explains Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon.


Interested participants are invited to call Project Self-Sufficiency, 973-940-3500, or register online,

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Learn about Divorce at a Free, Virtual Seminar



Project Self-Sufficiency will host a free, virtual Family Law seminar on Thursday, February 22nd, 7:00 p.m. featuring attorney Denise Wennogle.  Participants will discuss child support, grounds for divorce, court procedures, alimony, parenting time, equitable distribution of assets, and other topics related to divorce.  The presentation, which will be offered through Zoom, is free and open to the public; interested attendees should call Project Self-Sufficiency, 973-940-3500, for log-in details.  The agency’s legal seminar series is a program of the Journey Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency and is funded by the New Jersey Department of Children & Families.