At the start of ABC Phase 2, the most pressing concern for employees if ABC companies in New Jersey was school-age care. Other key issues included difficulty in finding high quality infant/toddler care, the need for programs to offer more flexible scheduling and family-friendly practices, emergency/backup care options, and access to elder care resources and services.

The ABC targeted 9 New Jersey towns with high ABC employee populations and developed customized strategies to increase the supply of quality school-age care in those areas. They also created an affiliation of child care centers committed to improving the quality of care and responsiveness to working families. And the ABC was successful in creating a centralized escorted transportation system for elders in New Jersey.

Through various trainings, networks, recruitment efforts, and curriculum enhancement initiatives, the New Jersey ABC has seen many successes in the last few years. The continuation of the Before/After School Fund has proved to be a cost effective model in targeting employee nominated programs across a wide geographical area. By replicating the successful school-age program model, Hands on Science, in several counties throughout New Jersey, the ABC has been able to address the quality of school-age care issue.

Most important, the ABC has effectively served as a catalyst for other community initiatives. As a result, state dollars have been committed to school-age care and child care center expansions. ABC investments continue to foster family day care, child care center, and school age provider networks. These networks are a strategy for promoting continuous program quality, as well as a cost effective way to augment professional development and continually enhance dependent care infrastructure in the community.

Funding Companies

Aetna
Allied Signal Inc.
American Cyanamid Company
American Home Products Corporation
AT&T
Bell Atlantic Company
Bellcore
Chubb & Son, Inc.
Citibank, N.A.
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Deloitte & Touche
Dow Jones & Company Inc.
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Hoechst Celanese Corporation
IBM Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Lucent Technologies
Merck & Company
Nabisco
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Prudential
Schering-Plough Corporation
Simon & Schuster Inc
Warner-Lambert Company
WFD

Projects

Early Childhood
Accreditation/Credential for Family Child Care Providers
Caring for Infants and Toddlers for Child Care Center
Mentoring for Child Care Center
Family Friendly Training for Child Care Center
On-Site Training Program for Child Care Center
Preschool Adventures in Peacemaking
Preschool Science
Seminar: The Human Side of Management (for Child Care Center)
Close to Home Care Program
Family Child Care Clusters
Recruitment for Family Child Care Providers

School-Age
Before/After-School Program
The Bridge Project
Global Games
Grants Fund
Kindergarten Wrap-Around Program
Adventures in Peacemaking
Hands-On Science Training
Summer Camp
Vacation/Holiday Programs

Backup
Backup Dependent Care Registry
Backup Theme-based Activities

Elder Care
Bill Paying/Money Management
Elder Care Fair
Escorted Transportation

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