About Us

The Essex Pregnancy & Parenting Connection (EPPC) is part of the NJ central intake initiative that connects Essex County families before and during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood to services in the community. The goal is to provide successful connections between families and the services they need to stay healthy and safe.

How does EPPC work?

EPPC partners and collaborates with prenatal care providers, community organizations, hospitals, clinics and private doctors’ offices throughout Essex County. With a family’s permission, a provider completes and returns EPPC’s referral form so that the client can be referred and offered supportive services.

With a single referral to the EPPC from any source, a client can be considered for the following free services:

  • Community Health Workers (SPAN IPO Initiative)
  • Evidence-Based Home Visiting programs
  • Healthy Start
  • Local Family Success Centers
  • Other health and social support programs

While each of these programs has its own specific eligibility criteria, referring agencies can make one referral to EPPC knowing that it will connect the client with the services best meeting her needs. Referring agencies who have formal agreements to work with EPPC will be given feedback about the referrals they make. EPPC also accepts self-referrals.

See our infographics below for more information about available community programs:

Infographic-English,   Infographic-Haitian Creole,   Infographic-Spanish

Project LAUNCH:

Project LAUNCH is an initiative working to improve wellness of children ages 0 to 8 and their families in urban Essex County with an emphasis on social-emotional health. We will:

  • Increase screening and linkages to services
  • Coordinate training on infant and early childhood mental health
  • Support expansion of family support services
  • Engage parents and consumers in all of these efforts

Click here for notes from the last Essex Young Child Wellness Council meeting.

Project LAUNCH is funded by:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

and overseen by

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families Office of Early Childhood 



EPPC is funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families