Why You Should Donate to JCFamilies

Five Reasons Why You Should Donate to JCFamilies




Since 2010, JCFamilies has been dedicated to serving and supporting families in Jersey City and the surrounding areas. JCFamilies is the largest and fastest growing family and community organization in Jersey City.
Did you know that JCFamilies organizes 12 to 15 free events every year?
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donations make organizations such as JCFamilies possible. If you haven’t donated yet, here are some reasons why you should!

 

1. We connect families by creating fun and wholesome experiences for parents and families in Jersey City. More than 25,000 local parents connect with us across all our properties.

2. JCFamilies connects the local businesses through the events. JCFamilies organize everything from weekly meet-ups for New Moms and educational workshops for New Parents to bigger annual events such as Annual Halloween Parade, Mother’s day celebration, Fitness fair, Feministival fair, Education Fair,Harvest Festival, and JC Kid’s Run.

3. We provide education awareness and resources. There are several options when it comes to daycare, preschool, types of schools and educational classes for children in Jersey City. Our JCFamilies’ Education Guide is annually published and locally distributed to help parents to navigate through all the options offered in Jersey City.

4. JCFamilies does not receive government funding or any financial support from local government.

5. JCFamilies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This means your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.



If you are planning on donating this season, why not consider JCFamilies? As our city is growing, we would love to continue to support our local community by connecting families in and around Jersey City!



Sleep Success Workshop for New Parents in Jersey City

Sleep Success Workshop for New Parents in Jersey City

Having trouble getting good sleep routines for your kids?

Our upcoming workshop for New Parents will focus on 7 Secrets for Sleep-Time Success!

On October 17th, Miss Megan will talk about A Sleep Plan That Actually Works. Miss Megan’s simple sleep strategies will guide you to create a more resilient, adaptable and flexible sleeper. You will gain tools for building and maintaining trust, and learn why following your child’s cues will naturally show you what’s most effective.

The workshop will be held on October 17th from 10 am to 11 am at Zaniac Jersey City, 125 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302.

Please register HERE for the workshop.

Please pay through PayPal using this link: https://bit.ly/2REYTFQ

The fee is $7 per person. We can only accommodate 12 parents, so please register today or as soon as possible to reserve your spot! The registration will close when the spots are filled.

 

You can also submit any questions you have about sleep training.

About Miss Megan: Miss Megan is the Owner and Founder of Conscious Proactive Parenting™ and Mantra Sleep Solutions™. She is an innovator and an expert in her field. Her unique and creative methods of focusing on conscious parenting and non-CIO sleep training have serviced families within the greater New York City area, New Jersey and worldwide for years. In fact, Miss Megan has been a Governess for over fifteen years and has extensive experience working with children in a wide range of settings. Miss Megan is also a Montessori trained Directress, a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and successful Life Coach.

Most notably, Miss Megan’s greatest source of knowledge and expertise comes from being a working mother. Miss Megan is the proud mother of two (a boy born 8/9/13, and a girl born 3/8/15). From direct experience, Miss Megan was able to utilize and integrate her strategies and methods to help improve her son’s sleeping, eating and behavioral patterns and now her daughters as well.

Birthday Party Resources For Kids in Jersey City

Birthday Party Resources For Kids in Jersey City

Cakes and goodies bag are must haves for a birthday party, but the entertainment is what, no pun intended.

Does your little one have a special day coming up? We’ve created a list of Birthday Party Resources For Kids in Jersey City. We really know how to get a party started.

MAGICIANS

Children's Birthday Party Entertainers In and Around Jersey City

Cisco The Magician

Cisco The Magician wows the crowd with the help of his furry bunny friends, Rosie and Snow Flake!

Contact Cisco to know more:  201-878-8483 –  [email protected]

Facebook Fan Page: Cisco the Magician

Children's Birthday Party Entertainers In and Around Jersey City

Jorge G. Mirabal

With over 25 years as a magician, Jorge specializes in children entertainment, close-up magic, stage illusions, Parlor magic and escape artist!

Contact Jorge: 201-660-3185 –  [email protected]

Children's Birthday Party Entertainers In and Around Jersey City

Brian McGovern’s Magic & Comedy Show

Brian McGovern is a full-time, professional magician who specializes in making people happy with magic! You can see what he offers for children’s parties!

Contact Brian:  646-435-4088  / Website: http://mcmagical.com/

BALLOON ARTISTS  & FACE PAINTERS:

Children's Birthday Party Entertainers In and Around Jersey City

SuperNovA

SuperNovA Balloons is an entertainment company specializing in fantastic balloons, super cool face painting, magic and music shows. SuperNovA carefully transforms balloons into characters like Spiderman, aliens, giant flowers, fantastic animals and Wolverine claws! They also offer face painters, magician services, musicians and more!
Contact Doug Gouger: 845-270-2284 –  [email protected]

Funny Faces By Jessica

Funny Faces by Jessica provides professional Face Painting, Stuff-a-Teddy Party, Glitter Tattoos and Sand Art for parties and Character Costumes in Hudson, Bergen, Essex and Morris County. Check out the events packages!

Contact Jessica: 201-220-5169 –  [email protected]

Children's Birthday Party Entertainers In and Around Jersey City

Face Art By Jan

Jan loves that her face painting talents can bring joy to families! She is available for Face Painting at parties or corporate events in NJ and NYC. She uses only the highest quality, hypoallergenic, FDA approved products.

Contact Jan:  973-818-9793 – [email protected]

Bella’s Face Painting

If you’ve spent time at the All About Downtown Street Fair you might of seen Bella’s art! She’s a true favorite in Jersey City and has a talented eye! You can contact Bella directly through here site.

Sil’s Face Painting

Sil’s Face Painting offers a professional and friendly services for children parties, festivals and events.

Contact Sil’s: 201-344-7290 – [email protected]

MUSIC:

Rockness Music

Rockness Music  has supported the growth of young children through music for ten years! They are experts in the field of early childhood education and will now teach young ones as they grow from preschool to high school! It’s also an amazing place to throw a party!
Contact: (732) 352-9461 – [email protected]

Bubble Queen Music

Award Winning Songwriter ASCAPlus & Unisong, Carol Lester’s material spans from children’s songs with a Mandarin and French version of Twinkle Twinkle to easy listening, country, jazz and rock! Carol founded ABC Sing With ME! Baby Toddler Music. She teaches and performs locally, while writing and pitching music Nationally for TV Film and Artist Placement!
Contact: 551-358-2135

Rockasorri

Singer/songwriter, composer and teacher, Michael Browne developed Rockasorri Music program in 2012. Rockasorri is now offering birthday party services!

Contact: 917.658.0520 –  [email protected]

Tanya True

True To Kids by Tanya True uses music as a bouncy castle within which language and literacy development, creativity, fine/gross motor, cognitive and social development come together in an active, playful and mutually supportive way. True To Kids offers one of a kind birthday party entertainment!

Contact True: 212.542.0892 – [email protected]

Ron Albanese Polka Dot

Ron Albanese Polka Dot was born out of a leap of faith! In 1999, Ron was the editor of an entertainment newspaper. While interviewing an aspiring singer, Ron found out that a local entertainment company was hiring people to entertain at kid’s parties. Ron auditioned and has performed at thousands of events in backyards, schools, fairs, festivals, amusement parks, and many more places – entertaining children, and adults ever since!

Contact Ron: 201-927-6085 –  [email protected]

You can read about more about magician options in Jersey City here!

Why you should move to Jersey City

Why you should move to Jersey City

If you are planning to move to Jersey City or are still not sure if you should move here, this blog will surely help you decide.

Jersey City presents a high-quality of life and offers a magnitude of opportunities. Located across the river from Manhattan, it is perfect for families because of its great neighborhoods and close proximity to New York City. One of the most diverse cities in America, Jersey City is great for newbies and welcoming to people of all backgrounds.

Outdoors:

Why you should move to Jersey CityIt’s hard to imagine a city with so much open space. Liberty State Park is located on the east coast of Jersey City and is a place full of ways to entertain your children. From here, you’ll be able to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, which are popular attractions visited daily by tourists from all over the world. Use the Citi Bike to get around Jersey City, as there are more than 50 stations to park up and drop off. Hamilton Park and many other parks offer great playgrounds for all families. Visit a farmers market where you can buy fresh and organic products; there is normally one in every public park.

Use the beautiful board walks, which go to Hoboken and beyond, where you and your children can walk or run. Also safe for biking, go after dinner or early morning for beautiful views that won’t disappoint.

Depending on where you are based in Jersey City, there are numerous swimming pools in the area that present swimming classes for the children and even for adults.

Education for your child

Why you should move to Jersey CityWhy not spend the day at the Liberty Science Center where your little ones can enjoy the amazing activities available, like dressing up as astronauts in the Space Station Liberty or visiting the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium? There is so much to keep your kids entertained here, you won’t want to leave.

Visit the Jersey City Public Library on a rainy day, as it offers wonderful children’s rooms that include storytelling, movies and craft workshops. You can also use the excellent day cares and schools , which are available all weekdays from 7 am. Some are open until 7 pm which can be a blessing for parents. One of the top high schools, McNair High School, is in Jersey City and has great programs on offer.

Great for foodies

Why you should move to Jersey City

If you and your family enjoy excellent and exquisite food, then Jersey City has many great places to eat. As it has many diverse neighborhoods, Jersey City offers several different types of restaurants, all providing superb and delicious food. Treat yourselves to a variety of foods and familiarize your kids with new tastes and cultures. Georgio’s Pizzeria serves great pizzas for the whole family to enjoy and is one of the reasons why you should move to Jersey City. Eat in or order to take away, there’s a topping to suit all.

Jersey City hosts food cultures such as American, Japanese, Italian, Chinese,Indian; the list goes on. Many of the restaurants provide gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options, so you shouldn’t struggle to find somewhere to eat.

Why you should move to Jersey CityIf you’ve got sweet tooth and are looking to satisfy it, treat yourself to Torico Ice-cream. Your children will love the choice of flavors, such as bubble gum, chocolate chip cookie dough, mint chocolate chip and more. The list is endless, not to mention the toppings. You’ll fight to get your kids to leave the shop! You must visit Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory; providing some of the best pancakes and toppings; it’s definitely somewhere to treat your children in Jersey City.

Adventure fun

Are your children adrenaline junkies? Treat them to a day out at the RPM Raceway. Here they can let their hair down and enjoy battling it out on the track with their friends. Not only can they race, they can take part in the arcade games available and the simulator, where you can see what it’s like to drive high-speed cars.

Let your children burn out their energy by visiting My Gym. Challenge them to complete an obstacle course that will leave them worn out and tired after having an exhilarating time.

If your children love food and cooking, take them to a place where they can take part in cooking school. Prepare them with necessary cooking skills, give them new foods and flavors to taste, and share with them how to understand instructions and follow recipes.

Moving to Jersey City will give you the opportunity to visit a few new places in New York City. Take the ferry (the easiest way to travel), and you will be in the city in 5 to 7 minutes. By taking the ferry, you’ll be face to face with the beautiful, stunning skyline. Educate your children with the history of New York; show them the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center and walk them through Central Park.

Jersey City also offers tons of  family events throughout the year.  These are a great way to meet your neighbors and connect with other local families.

Move to Jersey City

Why should you move to Jersey City? Because it offers countless varieties of activities, restaurants, and history. If you are looking for a good quality of lif and want to bring your children up in a diverse neighborhood, Jersey City is for you; live here and work in Manhattan.

Offering marvelous outdoor activities such as parks and pools, your children can exert their energy. Educate your kids at the wonderful science center. Treat your children to a diversity of foods and cultures.

Has this answered your question as to why you should move to Jersey City? Make the move and create an joyful and family-orientated life for you and your children.

Family Promise of Hudson County Opens Its Doors

Family Promise of Hudson County Opens Its Doors to Serve Homeless Families in the Community : FamilyPromiseHudson.org

Family Promise of Hudson County, a new nonprofit providing temporary shelter to homeless families in the community, officially opened its doors. A local affiliate of a national nonprofit, Family Promise works to keep entire homeless families together by relying on places of worship, or host congregations, to provide shelter. All host congregations are currently based in Jersey City and Hoboken, with additional support from congregations in Hoboken and Bayonne.

“There are a number of organizations and programs that provide incredible support for the homeless in Hudson County,” explains Tiffany Kane, Executive Director of Family Promise of Hudson County. “However, there are few offerings for homeless families that allow the entire family to find shelter and services together. Through Family Promise’s unique shelter model, children will be able to remain in their schools, parents can remain at their jobs, and entire families will be able to receive services through our case management and support system.”

Each night, families will stay at one of Family Promise of Hudson County’s host congregations. Each day, they will travel to the Family Promise drop-in center, located at Fountain of Salvation Church in Jersey City. There, families will receive services to ensure they get back on their feet, which will include counseling, connections to local resources (such as health care), and housing assistance.

The community welcomed Family Promise of Hudson County with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on February 22, 2018, at Fountain of Salvation Church. After remarks from Executive Director Tiffany Kane, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, and Caroline Caulfield, Correspondence Coordinator for U.S. Senator Cory Booker, the ribbon was cut to officially offer services to homeless families.

In front of local community leaders, including elected officials, host and support congregation representatives and other friends, Family Promise of Hudson County announced that CarePoint Health will be its exclusive healthcare partner.

“CarePoint has been actively involved in Hoboken and Jersey City in working to provide health care services to the homeless community, however, families at risk of homelessness do not always have the network or services available to help them,” says Peter Daniels, Chief Operating Officer of CarePoint Health“When we heard about Family Promise and the work they will be doing in the community, we immediately wanted to get involved as health care partners to help reach this often overlooked community.”

For more information on Family Promise of Hudson County, or for ways to get involved with the organization, please visit www.familypromisehudson.org/get-involved. Displaced or homeless families should contact Garden State Episcopal at (201) 209-9301 or the homeless hotline at 211.


About Family Promise of Hudson County
The mission of Family Promise is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Family Promise’s envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. For more information on Family Promise of Hudson County, please visit www.familypromisehudson.org

Who We Are: Family Promise of Hudson County is a non-profit that will

help to house homeless families within Hudson County.

What We Do: In addition to providing emergency sheltering, we will also provide case management and connection to resources. Our goal is to help families find sustainable and successful housing solutions.

Why We Do It: Currently, there is no other emergency shelter in Hudson County that houses the whole family. Imagine a single father raising his children and he just can’t make ends meet. Currently, our area has no way to keep them together. A mother raising an adult son with disabilities would be separated because on paper, they are single adults. Family Promise of Hudson County will be able to keep these families together and can work with them to find a sustainable way back on their feet.

What are we fundraising for? Everything from cots, cribs and car seats must be purchased. We will be hiring a full time case manager and case aides to work with families. We will also be providing bus and train tickets as well as school supplies and food for families. The cost is high, but our emergency shelter model that shelters families in places of worship keeps other costs down. If you consider donating or hosting a fundraiser, families in Hudson County will benefit directly. Donations are tax-deductible and may be matched by some places of business! Supporting Family Promise of Hudson County means that you will be helping families find their way from the street to a home of their own.

JCFamilies will be collecting supplies for this shelter in all the upcoming events in Jersey City.

Watch the interview here :  :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvoLra2RvT8

Family Promise of Hudson County Opens Its Doors

Use This Morning Routine For a Less Stressful Holiday Season

Everyone knows that the holidays can be stressful. But you can prepare yourself by creating a morning routine that gets you and the kids up and going. Here are some tips to energize your mornings:

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Additional Holiday Morning Routine Resources:

  1. Advice on establishing a successful morning routine for kids
  2. Outsource what you can – e.g. hire a dog walker
  3. How to de-stress your morning routine
  4. Tips on how to get the kids to school on time
  5. A revolutionary morning routine hack for kids – play music

Now that you know how to get started each day, you’re ready to tackle those holiday projects. Light those candles! Bake those cookies! You got this!

Daniel is a single dad raising two children. At DadSolo.com, he aims to provide other single dads with information and resources to help them better equip themselves on the journey that is parenthood.

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

If your child has a birthday coming up, you are likely looking for a special birthday cake! Of course, homemade cakes are always special and delicious, but sometimes life gets in the way and you are too busy to whip up a complicated birthday cake from scratch. Luckily, Jersey City and Hoboken have a ton of great places where you can purchase super yummy and beautiful kids birthday cakes. In this post, we will explore the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City & Hoboken!

Cocoa Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This awesome bakery can do both regular birthday cakes and cupcakes. You can completely customize the size, flavor, and shape of your birthday cake. Maybe your little girl is looking for a Minnie Mouse cake or you are looking to celebrate your little boy’s first birthday with a #1 shaped cake, whatever it is, they can do it!

Milk Sugar Love 

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

If your kid is looking for a unique cake and they also love their ice cream, look no further than Milk Sugar Love’s huge ice cream sandwich cake! What is so great about this option is everything is organic, making it a safer and healthier option to feed your kids, family, and friends. This is a cool way to switch up their birthday cake making it one of the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Carmen Rosa’s Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This bakery has been in business since 1999, and we can see why. Their cakes are delicious and beautiful. You can choose any cake flavor, filling, and frosting you would like and every layer can be different if you so choose. They do awesome children’s cakes, which makes it one of the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Dulce de Leche Bakery 

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This bakery makes custom cakes and would be delighted to bake your little one’s next special birthday cake. You can choose your flavors and your decorations and whether you want your cake covered in buttercream frosting or fondant.

Sweet Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

With an endless amount of cake flavors and frostings to choose from, this place has a little something for both kids and adults alike. Maybe try their peanut butter cake with PB frosting and chocolate or vanilla cake! Sweet is one of the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

The Hudson Cakery

These beautiful cakes from the Hudson Cakery are perfect for birthdays! You can choose from an array of beautiful and fun styles and they also have some amazing cake flavors like red velvet and funfetti! They do gluten-free cakes as well, which is perfect if your child has a gluten intolerance. These gluten-free cake options make this bakery the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Little Daisy Bake Shop

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

Although this bakery is located in Montclair, it had to go on the list since they have nut-free options and all of their baked goods are nut-free as well.

“Yes! We are peanut-free and nut-free. We use Vermont Nut Free Chocolate, Americolor food color and Lucks nut-free sprinkles. We do not have nuts in the Bake Shop and none of our products contain nuts”

However, if your child has a very severe nut allergy, you may want to call and speak with them first about it prior to ordering.

Carlo’s Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

Of course, this famous cake shop and bakery have made the list. This place is known for their yummy and vibrant cakes, which is perfect for a little kid’s birthday cake. You can choose from many different cake options and also custom design your cake with them! This famous bakery definitely earns a spot in the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Om Sweet Home

This bakery specializes on gluten-free and plant-based baked good, but that doesn’t mean they don’t taste sinful because they do! You can special order your little one’s birthday cake from here with different sizes, flavors, and fillings.

WHOS Gluten Free

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This dedicated gluten-free bakery specializes in granola and other baked goods, including cakes and cupcakes. They are great for kid’s birthday parties and they have a bunch of different flavors to choose from. Try their pumpkin spice cupcake or their delicious Lord Grey chocolate cake!

Choc O Pain

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This French bakery has some of the most delicious breads and pastries, and they can also do special order birthday cakes as well. Call one of the few shops in both Jersey City and Hoboken to speak with them about special ordering a birthday cake.

Cupcake Salon

Even though this shop specialized in cupcakes, they will also make your an awesome birthday cake as well. They have a wide selection of flavors to choose from and you kid is sure to love their special and delicious birthday cake (or cupcakes!)

Nannies and Babysitters in Jersey City

How to Find Nannies and Babysitters in Jersey City

Finding the perfect babysitter or nanny can be quite the daunting task. You must make sure the person you choose to watch your kids had professional experience, is fun, loving, and will treat your kids just as well as you would. Therefore, it is always a good idea to use credible websites when searching for a new nanny or babysitter. In this post, we will take a look at some of the best websites to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

Care.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey City

Care.com is one of the most well-known and reliable websites to find nannies and babysitters on the Internet. They offer options like in-home and out-of-home care, sitters for date nights, nannies for full-time schedules, live-in and live-out nannies, and just about anything else you could need.

When going to hire a babysitter or nanny, you can view individual nanny’s profile, see their experience, background, schedule preference, if they have a background check available to view, if they are CPR certified, what their interests are, and so much more. From there, you can choose to message the individual, ask for an interview, and eventually meet them in person to make sure they are the right fit for your family. When hired, you can even pay the nanny or babysitter right through the Care.com website for secure payment. Care.com is a great resource to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

Sittercity.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey City

“Over a decade later, Sittercity has connected millions of families and sitters across the country. Parents come to Sittercity to find that perfect sitter who enriches, teaches, and challenges their children.”

Sittercity is also a very well-known babysitter and nanny website as well. They are very similar in function to Care.com. You can post a job listing, have people apply to your job, or actually search for a nanny or babysitter yourself. You can view profiles of different people where you can see their experience, background, education, preferences, and much more.

This site also allows you to request background checks on the people you are interested in, do phone or in-person interviews, and check out the references each individual provides. You cannot go wrong with Sittercity.com to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

UrbanSitter.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey CityThis website is great for families looking for date night sitter and occasional babysitters, but they also have search options for finding nannies as well. This website is unique because you can search by local schools and special parents groups in your neighborhood to find your community’s top rated babysitters and nannies that are actually recommended by other families and moms. On each nanny or babysitter’s profile, you can view personal profile videos, see other parent’s reviews, and browse through “repeat family badges.”

You can book a babysitter or nanny right online and also pay them through the website as well for a totally hassle-free experience. This is a super cool and fast option for finding a date night sitter or last minute sitter. You will find plenty of nannies and babysitters in Jersey City through Urban Sitter.

GoNannies.com

This caregiver and nanny website is a great place to find long-term nannies and babysitters in Jersey City. GoNannies.com offers the following guarantees:

  • Free Background Checks
  • Online References
  • Anything-You-Need Live Support™
  • Secure Job Postings
  • Professional Caregiver Hiring Kit

Just as with the sites discussed above you can search through different contendents profiles, read over their background and experience, and much more.

GreatAupair.com

“GreatAupair helps people just like you find great Nannies. We give you the most advanced search tools and security systems available to make it safe and easy to find Nannies with the specific traits you want. Whether you’re seeking a part-time, live-out job or perhaps you want a full-time, live-in job… Either way, if you want great Nannies, we’ve got you covered.”

Whether you are looking for a nanny from your neighborhood or you are looking for an Aupair, this website has something for everyone and every family. This website offers very similar features the options discussed above.

The Hoboken Nanny Company 

If you are looking for an even more local nanny placement company, look no further than The Hoboken Nanny Company – established in 2010 by British nanny Claire Jones. This is a local professional nanny placement service that does all the work for you. They will help you find the perfect nanny for your family based on your needs and personal preferences.