Governor Christie and Jersey Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake have announced 12 million dollars in funding this year for New Jersey’s Family Success Centers.

David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ

The Governor and the Commissioner made the announcement at the Horizon Family Success Center in Jersey City, a family-centered neighborhood gathering place where community residents can come for family support, information and services.

Christie says “Family Success Centers are doing vital work with some of our children and families who need it most, changing lives and positively influencing communities one family at a time, that’s why we’ve made a commitment to these centers, the children they serve, and their families, by protecting 12 million dollars in funding – 9 and a half million in State funding along with 2 and a half million in federal funds --  and increasing the number of Family Success Centers from 42 to 49.”

The goal of the FSC program is to strengthen families and empower individuals to acquire the knowledge they need to raise healthy and happy children; this includes connecting parents to employment, and other services, and kids can get help with their school work.

A key element of each FSC is its Parent Advisory Board, an effective way for parents to become stewards of their respective communities, helping to develop services that are unique to the geographic area that work for them and their families.