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  • Celebrating the 20Th Anniversary of Children on the Green

    by Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

    Posted on 2015-01-22

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    FRELINGHUYSEN of new jersey in the house of representatives Thursday, January 22, 2015 Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Children on the Green located in Morristown, New Jersey as it celebrates its 20th Anniversary.

    In 1994, twenty years ago, a special organization opened its doors with the goal of serving others. Not just serving others, but serving others who were not as fortunate as themselves, specifically children. Since its opening, Children on the Green of Morristown has met the childcare needs of nearly 400 families from area shelters. This was possible through the organizations longstanding partnerships with Homeless Solutions, the Jersey Battered Women's Services and Family Promise of Morris County.

    Children on the Green, located behind the United Methodist Church, works to provide safe and nurturing care to children whose parents are struggling to provide for them because they are in need of housing, education, and/or employment. While the parents work to better their families' situation, Children on the Green is a safe place for the children to go where they're taken care of by people who truly care. Their mission is to support the developmental needs of each child and create an interdependent partnership between home, work, community, and the center.

    Early childhood education has a value that cannot be measured. Research has shown significant gaps in early development between children of the lowest socioeconomic status and those in the highest, which have been shown to start as early as nine months of age. The main contribution to this problem is access to good quality early childhood education.

    Children on the Green has a philosophy that states, ``Every child deserves access to a quality early education program like Children on the Green, irrespective of their means.'' This organization strives every day to lower the achievement gap by providing quality early childhood education to those children in need.

    Mr. Speaker, please join me in recognizing 20 years of outstanding service by Children on the Green, their directors, board of trustees and staff. Organizations like this are bettering the lives of the children not just in Morristown, New Jersey, but across the country.


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