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A note from PGCS School Social Worker, Allison Marcus, MSW, LCSW,
As the social worker at P. G. Chambers School, I am always looking for opportunities to provide you with community resources and supports you can access to enhance the lives of families and our community. Please check back here regularly as I will continue to provide updated resources. If you have additional resources that PGCS parents will benefit from, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with resources that you have found helpful.

In the event of an emergency, contact 911
For in-home youth/family supports or if your child is currently experiencing a behavioral health crisis, please contact Perform Care at 1-877-652-7624 immediately.

Child Care Resources

There are several different routes you can take to find child care for your family.

There are some websites that can help you identify and screen babysitters. Care.com and similar sites like Sitter City will let you create a profile for what you are looking for in a babysitter and it allows people to submit applications. Then you can scan the profiles of potential babysitters and interview them as needed. There are also options for completing background checks on applicants that you like.

Some parents are looking for a more skilled babysitter to meet their child’s needs and ensure their safety. An idea to explore would be to contact local colleges in the area and see if they can help you identify a Master or Bachelor’s level student pursuing a career in speech therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy because they might have an expanded knowledge of the skills you are looking for in a babysitter. You can also specify this in your preferences on one of the aforementioned babysitter websites.

Greater MetroWest ABLE (associated with the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ in Livingston, NJ) offers training opportunities and a babysitter training course for individuals working with children who have special needs.

PerformCare is the single point of entry to the Children’s System of Care in New Jersey for families to receive services for children. This New Jersey funded agency will help provide you with access to many different resources to help support your family and your child. Resources include: Family Support Services, Summer Camp, Crisis Intervention, case management services, and respite care. Respite services offer families opportunities for child care options delivered through several different methods. With some respite services offered through PerformCare, families are able to access afterschool programs or may receive an allowance to pay a personal babysitter/caregiver of their choice. The application is lengthy and can be time-consuming but the opportunities that come with it are vast. Access the ID/DD application here.

Child and Family Resources of Morris County: you may be eligible for a subsidy to help pay for childcare, including camps that are approved by the state. Unfortunately, options can be limited and this will not cover a private babysitter. If you are interested or would like to check if you would be eligible click the link here.

More options:

Check your local ARC. ARC can help you find out more about services that may be available in your community for assistance. Visit the ARC of NJ’s website here.

Check out Facebook for Parent Support Groups offering ideas and resources.

Check out Aunt Bertha, a “Social Care Network,” that has compiled resources in many different categories. You type in your zip code, what you are looking for, and then you can narrow your search to make it more specific to your needs or start exploring the results.

Look out for Parent’s Night Out opportunities – Unique Athletics offers childcare services and so does Liquid Church periodically. If you know more, please send me them so I can share with others!

Catastrophic Illness Fund

The Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund was created to help with uncovered medical expenses that exceed 10% of the family’s income and 15% of any excess over $100,000. In order to be eligible, the child must have been 21 years or younger when the medical expenses were incurred. The medical expenses cannot be covered by insurance, state, or federal programs in order for financial assistance from the fund. For more information on Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund please visit https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cicrf/home/.

Special Child Health Services

Special Child Health Services in New Jersey offers support to help you access medical and community resources, including applying for grant money and help managing complicated health needs. You are assigned a case manager who can help you navigate your child’s healthcare needs and you with completing paperwork for state-funded resources, (e.g., social security benefits, PerformCare applications, WIC, and much more). Each county has their own division and you can refer yourself or ask Allison to refer you. There are no income requirements or costs associated with eligibility. If you are interested in finding out more or for the division near you, click here.


*All information, opinions, and advice expressed in these links are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of P.G. Chambers School or its staff members and the presentation of the material here does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of P.G. Chambers School.

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