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
- Evidence-Based Home Visiting programs
- Community Doulas
- Healthy Start
- Local family success centers
- Parenting support groups
- 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:
EPPC is funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families