At the Parenting Center, we sometimes learn of students in the district who are in dire need of clothing, coats, furniture, food, and other essential items. On these occasions, we reach out for assistance to the various parents who volunteer at the Parenting Center. We would like to know if other parents throughout the school district would be willing to be on an “All Hands on Deck” list that we can approach when we become aware of a need. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up on our All Hands on Deck Genius page:

Thank you for your assistance!
Upcoming Events: (click image to enlarge)

April 20, 2017
Screening of ScreenAgers
South Orange Middle School
April 26, 2017
Always Changing
Clinton Elem. School
Speaker Series
Note these corrected dates for the 2e Parent Support Group:

March 9 - 9:00 am
April 6 - 7:30 pm
May 4 - 9:00 am
June 8 - 7:30 pm

About the Parenting Center

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Parenting can be joyous and rewarding as well as challenging. As parents meet the many demands faced by families today, they often need support to supplement their own knowledge and skills. The South Orange - Maplewood School District has established The Parenting Center to support parents as they help their children grow and develop.

The Parenting Center grew out of community requests expressed in many focus groups and surveys conducted by Schools for Success, a district educational research project funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

The Center's goal is to be a dynamic resource in our community addressing the full range of children's needs and parent's concerns. The Center is founded on the belief that occasionally every parent needs support - often just a conversation with peers and/or professionals - to help with parenting issues and concerns.

We are here to support parents and families in our school district. Participation is voluntary, free and on an "as needed" basis.

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  • Come and use our library of parenting literature and videos.

  • Join us at our evening speaker series addressing parents' most common concerns.

  • Participate in one of our parenting support groups.

  • Make use of our directory of local, state and national resources available to parents.

  • Share your ideas and resources by participating in our Parent Information Exchange.

    For more information, call 973 762-5600, ext. 1850.